Research Nova Scotia continues to explore opportunities with its partners to address the COVID-19 outbreak. Partnerships with Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Nova Scotia COVID-19 Health Research CoalitionGenome Atlantic, and others, have enabled our researchers to conduct ground-breaking research in the areas of vaccines and therapeutics, diagnostics, epidemiology, fundamental science, social and behavioural sciences, public health, and more. If you have a COVID-19 related project you would like to discuss please contact us.

Funded Research


Research project to determine if UV-C light can reduce infections in Long-Term Care facilities

Research Nova Scotia is funding a project valued at $1.7 million to determine if UV-C light can reduce infections in Long-Term Care facilities. Dr. Kenneth Rockwood, Division of Geriatric Medicine, Nova Scotia Health, is leading the project and hopes to build on preliminary data that suggests that exposure of lower dose UV-C light can inactivate influenza and coronaviruses. Participating sites include Northwood’s Halifax campus and Windsor Elms Village in Falmouth.

Research Project to Track Presence of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia Wastewater

Research Nova Scotia is funding a project valued at $852,000 to expand wastewater research in Nova Scotia and help fight COVID-19. Dr. Graham Gagnon and Dr. Amina Stoddart of Dalhousie University are leading the project which aims to detect the presence of the virus that causes COVID-19 in human wastewater. Working with co-investigators at Halifax Water, Acadia University, Cape Breton University and St. Francis Xavier University, the researchers are hoping to help identify potential presence of the virus quickly, before it can spread.

Nova Scotia COVID-19 Health Research Coalition

In April, a total of 262 applications were submitted from research teams across the province. The Coalition announced that a collective investment of over $1.5 million would be distributed to 40 COVID-19 research teams.

COVID-19 Rapid Response

In partnership with Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and other partners, Research Nova Scotia continues to provide rapid response funding from its Research Opportunities Fund. 

The Beyond Research Podcast.

Are you interested in learning more about fascinating COVID-19 research taking place in Nova Scotia? We invite you to listen to the following episodes of the Beyond Research Podcast.

Spotlight: Dr. David Kelvin

Dr. Kelvin is an infectious disease expert with an international research program that carries out studies around the world. His team of researchers is currently focused on COVID-19.

COVID-19 Resources Canada
Funded research and opportunities

To contribute to the global efforts to address the COVID-19 outbreak, Canadian researchers are conducting ground-breaking research in the areas of vaccines and therapeutics, diagnostics, epidemiology, fundamental science, social and behavioural sciences, public health, and many more.