Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness Research Funding Opportunity

Impact of Reduced Access to Gambling Products

The call for expression of interest is now open for a research funding opportunity on the Impact of Reduced Access to Gambling Products sponsored by the Department of Health and Wellness (DHW) and administered by Research Nova Scotia (RNS).

Funding is available to Nova Scotia researchers for addressing the following question:
What has been the impact of reduced access to gambling products in the past year on gambling behaviours in Nova Scotia?

This funding opportunity is intended to provide DHW with knowledge and to support the development of high-quality gambling-related research in Nova Scotia.


To apply for this research opportunity, the Primary Applicant (PA) must:

  • Be a researcher with an academic appointment at a Nova Scotia university or affiliated research institution, or with an appointment (with research responsibilities) at an affiliated hospital/research centre/institute; and
  • Reside and work in Nova Scotia during the funding period of the funding opportunity

Academic Appointments

The following are considered to be academic appointments:

  • Tenured appointments
  • Tenure-track appointments
  • Probationary tenure-track appointments
  • Limited-term appointments
  • Clinical scientists, clinical faculty or other appointments approved by a senior official approved (i.e., CEO or VP Research)

Adjunct and instructor positions are not considered academic appointments.

Limited Term Appointments

Applicants with limited term appointments are eligible to apply; however, the funding period must end before the end date of the appointment. Applicants with a limited term appointment must clearly indicate the end date of the appointment on their CV.

Applicants must also provide a letter from a senior official at their institution indicating the start and end dates of their appointment. This letter can be combined with the project description section uploaded in Research Nova Scotia’s online portal, Jura. If, at the time of application, the PA holds a limited term appointment that ends prior to the funding end date, he/she is eligible to apply; if successful, a condition of funding will be institutional confirmation of an extended or new appointment.

Funding Amount and Duration

A maximum of $100,000 per award will be issued for a funding period of up to one year. 

Important Dates 

Call for Expression of Interest:
Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Expression of Interest Deadline:
Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 4:00PM (ADT)

Results of Review of Expressions of Interest:
Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Invitations for Full Application:
Thursday, June 17, 2021

Expression of Interest (EOI) Process

To apply for the this research funding opportunity, applicants must first submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). This is a mandatory step and allows Research Nova Scotia to initiate the review process. A review committee will verify subject matter alignment with the research question. Scientific review does not occur at this stage. Those that are deemed eligible will be invited to submit a full proposal for consideration by a peer review committee.

Step 1: Confirm Eligibility

Consider whether you are eligible for this opportunity using the criteria outlined above.

If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact for confirmation before beginning your EOI application.

Step 2: Review Expression of Interest Submission Guide 

Be sure to carefully review all submission requirements and directions, as outlined in the submission guide below:

Expression of Interest Submission Guide

Step 3: Register for a Jura Account

All EOIs will be submitted via Research Nova Scotia’s online portal, Jura.

The main contact person for the submission is considered the Primary Applicant (PA). In order to access the application, this individual must create an account in Jura by clicking the ‘Register’ button found here.

Step 4: Complete EOI Application

To apply, log in to Jura to access the application, where information will be either entered directly to the form or uploaded as PDF documents. Be sure to refer to the ‘Expression of Interest Submission Requirements’ for detailed instructions.

Step 5: Obtain Institutional Approval Before Deadline

All submissions must receive institutional approval before the EOI deadline. This process is completed via an institutional representative in Jura. Please connect with your Research Office well in advance of the deadline to note any internal deadlines and processes.

Applicants who are successful in this process will be invited to submit a full application. 

EOI Review Process

  1. EOI submission will be reviewed by Research Nova Scotia staff to confirm applicant meets eligibility criteria.
  2. EOI will then be reviewed by a committee comprised of representatives of the Department of Health and Wellness who will confirm whether the proposed project aligns with the research question.
  3. Applicants who are eligible for funding and have projects deemed to be aligned by this committee will be invited to submit a full proposal for consideration.

Resources and Assistance

Require assistance?

Technical issues related to application submission via Jura can be directed to:
RNS Jura Helpdesk | 902.221.4882
Jura Helpdesk Hours are 8am-4pm ADT Monday to Friday.
Responses will be provided as soon as possible but please allow up to 24 hours for a response.

If you require any application support or have questions about this funding opportunity, please contact:
Megan Bellefontaine
Program Officer