Research Nova Scotia convenes project teams to address gaps in current research, take advantage of fast-moving opportunities, or commission research in important areas that are excluded from, not suitable for, or are too small for existing funding opportunities. Recently funded strategic research initiatives are listed below.

Learn more about Research Nova Scotia’s mission-oriented strategy.

Dalhousie University

Dr. Lord Abbey
Associate Professor, Amenity Horticulture
Project: Bio-Efficacy of Wood Vinegar on Fire Blight and Scab Fungi Diseases Damaging Apple and Pear Trees in Nova Scotia

Dr. Lord Abbey, a Truro-based agriculture researcher, had positive early results from a study to determine if a natural product, wood vinegar, could be used to prevent two viruses that are hampering apple and pear production in Nova Scotia. RNS is collaborating with ACOA and an industry partner to allow Dr. Abbey to scale up his original findings and conduct trials in the Annapolis Valley. If successful, this research will lead to positive impacts for fruit growers and the environment, in addition to a potential spinout company.

Funding Contribution: $310,070


Dr. Graham Gagnon and Dr. Amina Stoddart
Professor | Assistant Professor, Civil and Resource Engineering
Project: Research Project to Track Presence of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia Wastewater
Funding Contribution: $851,730


Engage Nova Scotia Civic Engagement Society

Danny Graham
Chief Engagement Officer
Project: Bringing community and research together
Funding Contribution:
$45,000

Working with Engage Nova Scotia, this effort is identifying the research priorities of, and collaboration opportunities with, the African Nova Scotian communities. Its objective is to develop improved pathways for research projects led or co-created by African Nova Scotians, and potential barriers to retention of African Nova Scotian students and researchers within the research endeavour.

Nova Scotia Health

Dr. Kenneth Rockwood
Professor of Medicine (geriatric medicine and community health & epidemiology) 
Project: Project to determine if UV-C light can reduce infections in Long-Term Care facilities
Funding Contribution:
$1,339,132


Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia (OERA)

Alisdair McLean
Executive Director at OERA
Project: The Atlantic Canada Energy System Modelling Network
Funding Contribution: $198,154

The Government of Canada and Atlantic Canada’s provincial governments have committed to ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets.  Realizing these goals will require a substantial transformation of our region’s energy system over the next few decades. In this context, OERA is building an open-source energy system model for Atlantic Canada (ACES) that will serve as a shared tool for Atlantic Canadians to answer questions about the future of our region’s energy system and to contribute to the path to net-zero emissions. 

OERA’s energy system model will be most impactful if a broad, diverse user base use, improve and further localize ACES. The development of the model will therefore be accompanied by efforts to reach out to and engage with a variety of stakeholders across Atlantic Canada.  Supported by Research Nova Scotia and ACOA, OERA will conduct engagement sessions during which a diversity of stakeholders in Atlantic Canada will be trained on the model and asked to provide feedback that will be used to improve and further localize the model.