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GANS Research Grant

The objective of the Gambling Awareness Nova Scotia (GANS) Research Grant is to build gambling research capacity and support the development of high-quality research in Nova Scotia. This funding will contribute to further understanding, interpretation or creation of research related to gambling. GANS is particularly interested in research related to the prevention or reduction of gambling-related harms amongst individuals, families and communities in Nova Scotia, the relationship between gambling and mental health and addictions and the social determinants of health. 

It is anticipated that this funding will assist researchers develop new or grow programs of research focusing on gambling. Projects may also support the development of future funding applications and act as a catalyst for a research team to compete successfully for other granting agency funding.


Eligibility To apply for a GANS Research Grant, the Principal Investigator 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 grant.
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 grant 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 CCV.

Applicants must also provide a letter from a senior official at their institution indicating the start and end dates of their appointment. This letter should also demonstrate how the institution is committed to ensuring the applicant remains eligible to apply to the national or international funding competition identified in the GANS Research Grant application. This letter can be combined with the project description section upload in the GMS. If, at the time of application, the PI 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 a new appointment.
Funding Amount and DurationA maximum of $150,000 per grant will be issued for a funding period of up to three years.
Dates and DeadlinesDeadline: March 3, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. (AT)
Results: All principal applicants will be notified the end of March 2020
Funding Available: Projects can begin as early as April 1, 2020

Application Process


Confirm Eligibility
Consider whether you meet the eligibility criteria outlined above. 
If you are unsure please contact or call 902.424.4193 for confirmation before beginning application. 

Review Application Guide
Be sure to carefully review all application requirements and directions, as outlined in the application guide below:

 2020-21 GANS Research Grant Application Requirements (PDF)

Register in the Grants Management System (GMS)
Applications will be submitted via an online Grants Management System (GMS).
The main contact person for the grant application is considered the Principal Investigator (PI). In order to access the application in the GMS, this individual must create an account.

Complete Application
To apply, login to GMS to access the application, where information will be either entered directly into GMS or uploaded as PDF documents.

Be sure to refer to the Application Requirements for detailed instructions.

Obtain Institutional Approval
Institutions must approve the application in GMS after it is submitted and prior to the application deadline.
Be sure to contact your institution to inquire about their process and deadlines for approval. 

Review Process

Research Nova Scotia staff will assess applications to determine whether they are complete and meet the eligibility criteria. A peer review panel will review applications in accordance with RNS’s peer review guidelines and the assessment criteria outlined below.

GANS Research Grant Scoring Rubric (PDF)

Assessment Criteria

The following criteria will be used to evaluate the GANS Community Project Grant applications. The proposal must demonstrate:

Project Description
  • Potential for the proposed project to increase gambling research capacity in Nova Scotia
  • Potential for the proposed project to contribute to further understanding, interpretation or creation of research related to gambling
  • Potential for the proposed project to support the development of high-quality research to better understand prevention or reduction of gambling related harms
  • Potential impact for individuals, families or communities in Nova Scotia
  • Potential for the proposed project to contribute to further understanding of the relationship between gambling and mental health and addictions
  • Potential for the proposed project to contribute to further understanding of the relationship between gambling and the social determinants of health
  • Clarity, appropriateness and scope of objectives (to encompass main project activities)
  • Clarity and appropriateness of methodology
  • Potential for impact on the economy, clinical practice, health policy and/or health services in Nova Scotia
  • Clarity and feasibility of project timeline
  • Clarity and feasibility of project activities
  • Alignment of timeline and work plan with objectives
  • Extent to which potential challenges and limitations are identified and adequately addressed
Team Composition
  • Principal investigator and team members demonstrate evidence of a track record of committed interest in health research and suitable research productivity (i.e. publications, policy papers, government reports, issue papers, etc.) appropriate to their career stage and funding history.
  • Appropriate stakeholders have been engaged in a meaningful way in research plan and team
  • Appropriateness and adequacy of budget expenses and their justification
  • Availability of in-kind contributions and other sources of funding
Overall Merit of the Proposal
  • Significance of proposed project and expected contribution to understanding, interpreting, or creating knowledge in relation to gambling, mental health and addictions and/or the social determinants of health.

Resources & Assistance

The Gambling Awareness Nova Scotia (GANS) Community Project Grant is administered by Research Nova Scotia.

All applications for this opportunity will be accepted via an online Grants Management System (GMS). A GMS support guide has been created to assist with your application. Please refer to the document below: 

GANS Research Grant GMS Guide (PDF)

GMS Technical Support
For technical support applying using the GMS please contact the help desk at or by calling 902.424.3054.

Canadian Common CV
For technical questions regarding the CCV (including password and account resets, PINs, CCV submission, etc.), contact the CCV Centralized Helpdesk.

CCV Centralized Helpdesk
1.888.603.4178 or

Looking for your CCV PIN? Your PIN is the email address you used to register with GMS

Require assistance? 
If you require any application support or have questions about this funding opportunity please contact Leslie Power at 902.424.4193 or

In 1998, Gambling Awareness Nova Scotia (GANS-formerly the Nova Scotia Gaming Foundation) was formed as a not-for-profit, arms-length government organization for the purpose of receiving and distributing funds that would support communities to reduce the harmful effects of gambling. These funds are generated from a percentage of VLT revenues, matched by the Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation (NSPLCC).

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