Research Nova Scotia to receive $25 Million in Additional Funding

On December 20, 2022, the Province of Nova Scotia announced that it will be investing an additional $25 million in Research Nova Scotia.

“This increased investment underscores the critical role research plays in finding solutions needed to improve the lives of Nova Scotians,” says Stefan Leslie, CEO of Research Nova Scotia. “We look forward to continuing to work with government, industry, communities, and researchers to support research that addresses key issues such as population growth, community resilience, healthcare transformation, and climate adaptations.”

Research Nova Scotia pursues and shapes research in collaboration with partners across four main mission areas, focusing on the ways in which research can benefit Nova Scotians. A recent example is the Atlantic Climate Research Collaboration (ACRC), announced December 2022.

“Last month the Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute – Atlantic was pleased to partner with Research Nova Scotia on a new initiative to help Nova Scotia coastal communities understand and adapt to the impacts of climate change,” says Joanna Mills Flemming, professor at Dalhousie University and Regional Director of CANSSI Atlantic. “These additional funds will help support important research urgently needed in Nova Scotia.”

The initiative will investigate climate change impacts on coastal communities and opportunities for mitigation and adaptation with immediate societal impact, as well as support research projects focused on developing new statistical and data science methodology and models or applying these methods in innovative ways.

“Research Nova Scotia coordinates world-class research projects that are advancing new technologies and solving real-world business problems right here in Nova Scotia,” said Brian Wong, Minister of Advanced Education. “This additional investment supports our researchers in creating new technologies, medicines and solutions that will help solve Nova Scotia’s biggest challenges.”

Research Nova Scotia is committed to supporting the research community in Nova Scotia and fostering a vibrant and diverse research ecosystem. This additional funding will allow the organization to enhance its efforts and continue to make a positive impact on the province. For more information visit

Quick Facts:

  • this investment brings the total provincial contribution to the fund to $79 million since its inception in 2019
  • Research Nova Scotia was established in 2018 through provincial legislation (Research Nova Scotia Corporation Act) as an independent entity governed by a 12-member board of directors
  • the board includes representatives from Nova Scotia post-secondary institutions, government (provincial and federal), and the not-for-profit and private sectors
  • Research Nova Scotia co-ordinates provincial research investments, attracts research funds from partners and federal funders, and supports Nova Scotia researchers who are developing new technologies and solving real-world problems
  • Research Nova Scotia’s mission-oriented strategy focuses on four key areas: sustainable bioeconomy, climate change adaptation and resilience, healthy people and healthcare systems, and improved quality of life for Nova Scotians


About Research Nova Scotia
Research Nova Scotia supports, organizes, and coordinates research. With the curiosity to imagine a better world, and the determination to make it real, we champion the people and resources needed to improve the lives of Nova Scotians. Learn more about our research missions at

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Stephanie Reid
Director, Marketing & Communications
Research Nova Scotia
(902) 223-9450