REAL Innovation Program

About the REAL Innovation Program 
About Marli McNeil
eHIPP Workshop

The research enterprise is undergoing extensive changes nationally, new opportunities are now available, funding formulas are changing in such a way that provincial investment is required and funding programs are becoming more competitive. This changing landscape requires the NSHRF to identify what opportunities exist, prioritize them according to the provincial context, seek funding to support them and then ensure the funded projects are successful so the investments are leveraged. When health providers collaborate, new possibilities exist that weren’t there before. The NSHRF’s REAL Innovation Program is an exciting initiative in response to this new, and sometimes challenging new terrain. We are pleased to have Marli MacNeil, C.A.E., as our Executive Director, Innovation and Collaboration.

Marli is responsible for the strategic coordination of NSHRF’s collaboration programs and will work to identify and facilitate new partnership opportunities. Ensuring these partnerships meet public/governmental priorities and that they are efficient, economical and are an effective use of resources in order to meet the identified and emerging health knowledge needs of this province is an integral part of her mandate.

Additionally, Marli will be providing strategic and systems-level planning and coordination of partnership programs. The emphasis of these partnerships will be with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Signature Initiatives, particularly the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR), of which the NSHRF is a partner. However, her focus will not be limited to only those partnerships. These potential collaborations could include national and international research agencies, charities, and where appropriate, the private sector. 

About Marli MacNeil

With more than 25 years’ experience in management, 12 of which were spent working with Nova Scotia’s life sciences community, Marli brings relevant experience and expertise to this position.  She is a proven leader in creating and maintaining cooperative and collaborative relationships, building consensus on goals, creating and implementing strategic direction and organization management. Marli holds degrees in journalism and political science and has received the professional designation of Certified Association Executive (C.A.E.).  




The Electronic Health Innovations Partnership Program (eHIPP)

On February 24, 2015, the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF) partnered with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to present a day long workshop on the newly-created Electronic Health Innovations Partnership Program (e-HIPP). Some of the participants shared their thoughts on the workshop and identified some potential opportunities for collaboration between research and industry to create eHealth tools for two theme areas:
• Enabling seniors to remain in their homes longer
• Adolescent mental health

To view these comments, please visit the NSHRF's YouTube page.