Research Nova Scotia invests in research that builds and translates knowledge to help ensure a sustainable future for Nova Scotia.

New Health Investigator Grant

The New Health Investigator Grant supports early-career health researchers who are engaged in work that aligns with the province’s health research priorities.  The grant aims to provide two years of support of up to $100,000 for researchers who are within the first five years of their academic appointment in Nova Scotia or who are new to the field of health research. Funding provided will support the establishment of independent programs of research, support and expand the research productivity necessary for obtaining long term funding from national and external agencies and expand the potential for early career investigators to make significant contributions in their field.  For the 2020-21 academic year, funding for this grant is provided by the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness.

Research Opportunities Fund – Canada Foundation for Innovation Match Funding

On August 18, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) announced the recipients of its John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF). In partnership with the CFI, Research Nova Scotia is able to leverage its investment to help institutions remain competitive in areas of research and technology development.

Scotia Scholars Award – 2020/21

The Scotia Scholars Award provides financial support to research trainees with exceptional potential who are engaged in health research at participating Nova Scotia institutions.  The award is designed to support the growth, acquisition, and retention of highly skilled individuals who are advancing and translating knowledge in the areas of health innovation, mental health, continuing care, accessible health services, or the well-being of Nova Scotians.  For the 2020-21 academic year, funding for this award is provided by the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness.

Nova Scotia COVID-19 Health Research Coalition

A collaborative partnership to develop a COVID-19 response strategy has formed among NSHA Research & Innovation (Nova Scotia Health Authority)Dalhousie UniversityDalhousie Medical Research Foundation, the QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation, the IWK Foundation, the IWK Health Centre, the Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation (DGHF) and Research Nova Scotia (RNS). These partners have collectively committed $1.5 million to support the Nova Scotia research community. This research effort will inform the best COVID-19 practices and support healthcare decision making and planning that benefits the population of Nova Scotia.

COVID-19: Rapid Response

To further contribute to the Government of Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia’s efforts to address the COVID-19 outbreak, Research Nova Scotia (RNS), in partnership with Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and other partners, continues to provide rapid response funding from its Research Opportunities Fund.

Legacy Awards

During the 2019/2020 year, Research Nova Scotia offered the funding programs of the former Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation while working to develop a strategic plan. These legacy awards were designed to support the health research community.