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An open house hosted by the Work Wellness Lab at Saint Mary’s University will be held in the CLARI facility located on the 3rd floor of the Atrium from 1pm-5pm on October 21, 2016. Drop by or RSVP by contacting Nicole at workwellness@smu.ca

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The Success Program has been developed to help Nova Scotian investigators succeed at peer reviewed funding competitions and in their career, using all available resources to build a successful program of research. The Success Program has been designed to build skills, make connections and provide support through the following initiatives, each requiring various levels of commitment and time. Read more...

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The REAL Impact Fellowship is a three-year, full-time paid position aimed at providing an alternate career path for Post-doctoral Fellows. The Fellow will be in a position to develop and use applied research and analytical skills with a particular focus on advanced analytics. To learn more about Fellowship, click here.

BRIC NS is looking for a citizen representative to sit on its Advisory Council.

Position: Citizen members will join the Advisory Council and will provide input and support to the council by providing a unique, citizen perspective.


They are looking for one (1) Nova Scotia resident with one or more of the following:

  • Experience with different aspects of the health care system (primary care, emergency services, long term care, etc.) as either a patient or caregiver
  • Experience accessing services in other sectors (such as education, housing or social services) for self or a family member
  • Experience and/or interest in Research, Knowledge Translation or Patient Engagement
  • An interest in reducing the burden faced by people with complex needs and in increasing the effectiveness of the health care system
  • A broad sense of the challenges and opportunities that face health care within Canada and specifically Nova Scotia
  • The ability to share perspectives and a willingness to view them in a broader context
  • The ability to listen to all perspectives in an honest and respectful way
  • A demonstrated sense of community, volunteerism and citizenship
  • Fundraising experience
  • Communications experience
  • Interest in travelling to attend a national meeting

Members will serve two year terms, beginning this fall. Please note that these are volunteer positions.

Read the full position description here: Advisory Council – Citizen Representative

Applications may be sent to bricns@dal.ca

The CSPC has become Canada’s most comprehensive, multi-sectorial and multi-disciplinary annual science policy forum and attracted numerous politicians and hundreds of professionals from industry, academia, the non-profit sector, federal and provincial governments every year. The conference has traveled across Canada: Toronto (2009), Montreal (2010), Ottawa (2011), Calgary (2012), Toronto (2013), Halifax (2014), Ottawa in (2015) and returns to Ottawa in 2016. For more information, themes, and registration, visit: www.cspc2016.ca

Each year the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences hosts an annual Forum to explore a critical health issue in Canada that has high policy significance and to which science is currently/or can make significant contributions. The theme of the 2016 forum is: Solutions to Inequities in Indigenous Health: What Works and Why?

NSHRF is a sponsor of the event, and has three free registrations (priced at $325 each) for members of the Nova Scotia health research community. If you're interested in attending, please contact Marian Ritcey at Marian.Ritcey@novascotia.ca

What: Canadian Academy of Health Sciences Forum 2016
When: September 15-16, 2016
Where: Hotel Omni Mont-Royal, Montreal, Quebec
Deadline to notify: August 16, 2016

In response to concerns expressed about reforms at CIHR, the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF) recently met with representatives from Nova Scotia’s health research community to consider the impact of the reforms and discuss strategies for success in the new funding environment. One of the outcomes was a request for NSHRF to assess the peer review feedback from the most recent CIHR Foundation and Project Grant competitions, to strengthen the quality of applications being submitted for funding in the future.

It is critical for the health research community to contribute to understanding why our success rate is lower than the national average and how we can collectively improve the quality of applications being submitted for funding. We are asking all Principal Investigators who applied to the CIHR’s Foundation and Project Grant competitions (both funded and not funded) to please share their applications and peer review feedback with NSHRF.

Through qualitative analysis, NSHRF will identify the strengths and weaknesses noted in the peer review feedback and develop a summary report that identifies common areas for improvement and indicators of success in order to inform and strengthen future grant submissions. This report will be shared with participants and the research community.

We recognize that there were critiques of the peer review process and that changes have recently been announced; despite these critiques and upcoming changes, we believe analyzing your recent applications and reviewer feedback will be extremely valuable and informative in supporting researchers in future funding competitions.

To participate in this initiative, please send the following documents by email to Amy Middleton, Corporate Initiatives Coordinator: amy.middleton@novascotia.ca

  1.       Submission Form (please download and complete this short fillable form for each application submitted to CIHR)
  2.       CIHR Application Form
  3.       Peer Review Feedback - Stage 1 and Stage 2 (if applicable)
  4.       Notices of Decision - Stage 1 and Stage 2 (if applicable)

Participation in this initiative is voluntary, however your involvement will enable NSHRF to complete this initiative, and contribute to fostering a strong and competitive research enterprise. We also encourage you to provide us with suggestions regarding what you would like to see from the analysis by completing the Submission Form (above).

Privacy and confidentiality of all documents received will be maintained by NSHRF. All documents will be stored electronically and accessible only to NSHRF employees. No identifying information will be published in the report or shared with external parties.

For more information, please contact Amy Middleton at amy.middleton@novascotia.ca or 902.424.2131