Knowledge Sharing Support Award


The NSHRF recognizes that opportunities arise to share health research knowledge in new and innovative ways. The Knowledge Sharing Support Award (KSSA) is designed to support the further dissemination of completed research that benefits knowledge users and/or decision-makers within the health system.

Knowledge-users are generally identified as individuals:

  • Who are likely to be able to use the knowledge generated through research in order to make informed decisions about health policies, programs and/or practices
  • Whose level of engagement in the research process may vary in intensity and complexity, depending on the nature of the research and their information needs
  • Who may be practitioners, policy-makers, educators, decision-makers, health care administrators, community leaders, or individuals in a health charity, patient group, private sector organization or a media outlet

Decision-makers are generally identified as individuals:

  • Who are likely to be able to make use of research results through influencing or making decisions related to health policies or practices
  • Who may be practitioners, educators, health care administrators, elected officials or those who work with media, health charities, patient user groups or the private sector
  • Who may work at the local community, municipal, provincial or national level



The PI on an application must meet one of the following requirements:

  • A health professional in Nova Scotia employed by NSHA/ IWK/ provincial government department
  • A researcher with an academic appointment at a Nova Scotia university or affiliated research institution, or an appointment (with research responsibilities) at an affiliated hospital/ research centre/ institute
  • An employee of a community based organization located in Nova Scotia with a mandate related to health

If the PI does not have an academic appointment, a letter must be provided from the PI’s organization, confirming a commitment to supporting the project and providing dedicated staff time to complete the project.

Funds will only be issued to institutions/organizations located in Nova Scotia.

Teams must have at least one investigator with an academic appointment at a Nova Scotia institution. This award is intended to support knowledge sharing within the province, though may involve national and international collaboration.

Funding Amount and Duration

A maximum of $10,000 per award will be issued for a period of one year.

The number of awards allocated will be based on available funds.

Multiple Submissions

Each applicant may submit up to two applications.

Related (but not duplicate) applications are permitted, provided the applicant clearly demonstrates that each project will be unique and can be implemented independently.

Dates and Deadlines

Please visit the Schedule of Funding Opportunities page on the NSHRF website for current grant offerings and applicable dates.

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How to Apply

Step 1:
Register in NSHRF’s Grants Management System (GMS)

Applications will be submitted through NSHRF’s online Grants Management System (GMS).

In order to access the application in GMS, the Principal Investigator (PI) must create an account. For step by step instructions for creating an account, please click here.

Step 2:
Complete Application

Login to GMS to access the application, where information will be either directly entered into GMS or uploaded as PDF documents.

Application requirements are described in detail in the Application Guide below:

- 2016-17 KSSA Application Requirements (PDF)

Step 3:
Obtain Institutional Approval

Ensure institutional approval is completed prior to the application deadline. (See Application Requirements for more information)
Application Support Applicants are invited to contact George Collier, A/ Director, Programs, for assistance with the completion of their application

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Review Process

  1. NSHRF staff will assess applications to determine whether they are complete and meet eligibility criteria.
  2. A peer review panel will review applications in accordance with NSHRF’s peer review guidelines and the assessment criteria outlined below.

Assessment Criteria

The following criteria will be used by the peer review committee to assess the KSSA applications:

Project Description

Work Plan

  • Appropriateness of timeline 
  • Feasibility of project activities
  • Potential of the team to succeed in the proposed activities


  • Potential impact at the community, organization, and/or population level
  • Potential impact on informing decision making
  • Potential impact on improving the health of Nova Scotians


  • Relevance and suitability of established collaboration with knowledge users and/or decision-makers 


  • Appropriateness of budget expenses and justification  
  • Availability of in-kind contributions and other sources of funding
  • Viability of plan to sustain project past the one-year funding period, where applicable

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GMS User Guide

Please click below to download a step by step guide for applicants outlining how to navigate the online application process.

- Step by Step Guide for Applicants (PDF)

Contact Information

All applicants are encouraged to contact the A/ Director, Programs with questions prior to submitting an application.