Research Nova Scotia supports early-career health researchers with $1.37 million in funding

Updated March 31, 2023

Halifax, NS – Fifteen early-career health researchers in Nova Scotia have received a New Health Investigator Grant to support work that aligns with the province’s health research priorities.

Recipients include researchers from Acadia University, Dalhousie University, IWK Health Centre, Nova Scotia Health, and St. Francis Xavier University. Recipients received between $47,125 and $100,000 to support the establishment of research programs, expand research to obtain future long-term funding, and to support significant contributions in the health research field.

The review process selected projects that will make an important contribution to Nova Scotia. Projects were reviewed by an expert committee to ensure projects met the highest standards of scientific merit.

“Early-career health researchers can bring new perspectives and innovative ideas to health research,” says Stefan Leslie, CEO of Research Nova Scotia. “Improving healthcare is a priority in our province and we are confident these recipients’ work will inform practice, policy, and decision making to positively impact Nova Scotians’ health.”

Recipients’ projects span a broad range of topics including mental health, health inequalities, health technology and programs, reproduction, administrative workload, and support for children experiencing disabilities.

“With an eye to the future, the New Health Investigator Grant represents a commitment to building capacity for health research and innovation in Nova Scotia. It is not only an investment in new ideas, but an investment in our people and communities,” says Dr. Shanon Phelan, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health at Dalhousie University. “This award has created an opportunity for me to lead an interdisciplinary team of researchers and youth co-researchers focused on gaining insights into social inclusion for children experiencing disability to improve and promote health, well-being, and inclusion in all aspects of community and cultural life.”

The Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness provided funding for the New Health Investigator Grant.


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Additional Information

List of New Health Investigator Grant Recipients (Updated March 31, 2023):

  • Carly O’Neill, Acadia University, Assistant Professor, Kinesiology
  • Emily Bremer, Acadia University, Associate Professor, Kinesiology
  • Cindy Feng, Dalhousie University, Associate Professor, Medicine
  • JianLi Wang, Dalhousie University, Professor, Community Health & Epidemiology
  • Kelvin Fong, Dalhousie University, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science
  • Nichole Austin, Dalhousie University, Assistant Professor, School of Health Administration
  • OmiSoore  Dryden, Dalhousie University, Associate Professor, James R. Johnston Chair, Black Canadian Studies, Faculty of Medicine
  • Rebecca Affoo, Dalhousie University, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health
  • Ruth Lavergne, Dalhousie University, Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine
  • Shanon Phelan, Dalhousie University, Associate Professor, Faculty of Health
  • Jocelyn Stairs, IWK Health Centre, Assistant Professor, Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine
  • Amanda Vinson, Nova Scotia Health, Assistant Professor, Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine
  • Caitlin Lees, Nova Scotia Health, Assistant Professor, Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine
  • Richard Spence, Nova Scotia Health, Assistant Professor, Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine
  • Ruth Harvie, St. Francis Xavier University, Assistant Professor, Human Nutrition

Learn more about the recipients’ projects.