Research Program

About the Research Program
Operating Grants

Establishment Grant
Development Innovative Grant

Research Trainee Funding

Scotia Support Grants
Scotia ScholarsOM Award

Partnership Program
Current Funding Opportunities
Funded Applicants
Contact Information

About the Research Program

The purpose of Research Program is to build capacity in health research across the four health research categories (biomedical, health policy, health services, and health outcomes). Funding opportunities are available to those who are:

  • early career health researchers (i.e., new to health research or new PhD graduate);
  • researchers new to the province;
  • established researchers; and
  • students/research trainees.

Please note: The 2016-17 competition requirements listed on the NSHRF website and application forms supersede all previous program documents and forms. The NSHRF may, without notice, alter the programs or terms of grants and awards. Any major program changes will be announced immediately on the NSHRF website and/or in writing to grant applicants and recipients. The NSHRF reserves the right to interpret program requirements and conditions attached to grants and awards.

The Research Program currently consists of the following funding opportunities:

Operating Grants

Operating Grants are designed to support the creation, dissemination and use of health-related knowledge, and to help develop and maintain Nova Scotia health research capacity, by supporting original, high quality health research projects proposed and conducted by individual researchers or groups of researchers and knowledge users.

Operating Grants will provide support through two funding opportunities:

Establishment Grant

Establishment grants are intended to assist in building research capacity and to provide initial support for new health researchers in Nova Scotia over a 1-3 year period. From September 2013 to December 2013, the NSHRF conducted a consultation with the Nova Scotia health research community on the future of the Establishment Grant. Click here to learn more about the consultation process. 

Development Innovative Grant

Development Innovative Grants are intended to provide funding for Nova Scotia health research initiatives that will strengthen a grant submission to a peer reviewed provincial, national or international health research competition.  

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Research Trainee Funding

Research trainee funding opportunities are designed to help research programs recruit and fund top research trainees based on evaluation of the research learning environment (Scotia Support Grant) and support individual research trainees based on their achievements (Scotia ScholarsOM Award).

The objectives of Research Trainee Funding is to:

  • support vibrant and productive Nova Scotia health research training environments;
  • ensure trainees have an opportunity to contribute to meaningful research work;
  • encourage interest in a career in health research; and
  • provide trainees with opportunities to contribute to knowledge generation in NSHRF priority areas. 

Research Trainee Funding will provide support through two funding opportunities:

Scotia Support Grants (open to researchers/supervisors) 

Scotia ScholarsOM Award (open to research trainees/students)

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Partnership Program

The Partnership Program provides required matching funds to Nova Scotia health research applicants who are seeking funding in national/international competitions. Eligible Partnership Programs include those programs offered by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

The following funding opportunities are currently being supported by the NSHRF Partnership Program:

CIHR Partnerships for Health Systems Improvement Program (PHSI)

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Current Funding Opportunities

To learn more about all NSHRF current funding opportunities, dates and application information, please click here

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Funded Applicants

Funded applicants/institutions can learn more about Program Requirements by clicking here

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Contact Information

If you have any questions about the Research Programs please contact the Director, Programs

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