New Health Investigator Grant


The New Health Investigator Grant supports early-career health researchers who are engaged in research that is focused on the efficient and effective delivery of healthcare to Nova Scotians.  

The grant will provide up to $100,000 over two years 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 2023-24 academic year, funding for this grant is provided by the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness.

This competition is IN REVIEW
IMPORTANT DATES
Applications OpenMay 31, 2023
WebinarJune 20, 2023 at
1:00 PM (ADT)
Notice of Intent DeadlineJune 28, 2023 at
1:00 PM (ADT)
Invitation to Full ApplicationJuly 2023
Full Application Deadline September 20, 2023,
1:00 PM (ADT)
Anticipated Notice of Funding DecisionDecember 2023
Anticipated Start of FundingJanuary 2024
AWARD TERMUp to 2 years
AWARD AMOUNTUp to $50,000/annum

Program Details

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

  • Provides financial support to early-career health researchers who are engaged in work that aligns with the province’s health research priorities and demonstrates the potential to have an impact on the healthcare system.
  • Supports the establishment of independent programs of research, supports and expands the research productivity necessary for obtaining long term funding from national and external agencies and expands the potential for early career investigators to make significant contributions in their field. 

EQUITY, DIVERSITY, INCLUSION, AND ACCESSIBILITY (EDIA)

Research Nova Scotia pursues equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility (EDIA) in Nova Scotia’s research enterprise and will integrate these values in designing and implementing its programs and services. EDIA strengthen the scientific and health communities, as well as the quality, social relevance, and impact of research. Increasing diversity and gender equity in the research enterprise are key priorities for RNS.

Resources for application development and research management are available on the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) website. RNS strongly suggests that all applicants review this information and incorporate into applications submitted for consideration.

NEW FOR 2023-24

  • All grants submitted to RNS must be accompanied by a completed Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (EDIA) self-declaration form. Instructions for completing this declaration can be found above.
  • Applicants will have the opportunity to join Research Nova Scotia staff at a live webinar to learn more about this funding opportunity.
  • In addition to providing expertise in content, program delivery and research methodology, achieving gender balance, and institutional/regional representation, the scientific peer review committees will strive to achieve cultural diversity and may include reviewers with niche expertise based on the proposals received.
  • To align with tri-agency standards, Research Nova Scotia will adjust the eligibility window for eligible leaves of absence (e.g., illness, maternity, parental) for Early Career Researcher such that they will be credited as twice the amount of time taken.
  • The NHIG is supported by funds from the Department of Health and Wellness.   The priorities for 2023-24 are based on Action for Health, the strategic plan government has created to address challenges in the healthcare system. As a result, RNS will not be accepting applications focused on biomedical research this year.

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Primary Applicant Eligibility

TYPE OF RESEARCHER

To apply for a New Health Investigator Grant, the applicant must meet one of the following criteria:

  1. An Early Career Health Researcher within the first five years* of a first-time academic/research appointment at a Nova Scotia university/college, or an appointment with research responsibilities at an affiliated hospital; OR
  2. A Health Researcher who has moved to Nova Scotia within the last five years, or who has returned to Nova Scotia after an absence of at least five years and who holds an academic/research appointment at a Nova Scotia university/college, or an appointment with research responsibilities at an affiliated hospital; OR
  3. A Researcher who is new to the field of health research and has undergone a career transition within the past five years and who holds an academic/research appointment at a Nova Scotia university/college, or an appointment with research responsibilities at an affiliated hospital.

*For Early Career Researchers ONLY the five-year window is adjusted to account for instances where a researcher has had an eligible delay in research. Eligible leaves (e.g., illness, maternity, parental, bereavement) are credited at twice the amount of time taken. Professional leaves (e.g., training, sabbatical, administrative) are not credited.

RESIDENCE AND APPOINTMENT IN NOVA SCOTIA

During the full duration of the grant, all grant holders must reside in Nova Scotia, work at a Nova Scotia institution, and maintain an academic appointment. For any questions regarding eligibility please contact the Research Support Officer.

CURRENT ESTABLISHMENT AND/OR NHIG GRANT HOLDERS

Current Establishment Grant and/or New Health Investigator Grant holders are eligible to apply, provided their grant ends prior to December 31, 2023.

ACADEMIC/RESEARCH APPOINTMENTS

Research Nova Scotia determines the following to be academic appointments:

  • Tenured appointments
  • Tenure-track appointments
  • Probationary tenure-track appointments
  • Research Scientist (NSCC)
  • Limited-term appointments*
    • *Applicants with limited term appointments are eligible to apply, however, if funded, applicants will be asked to provide institutional confirmation that their term end date is after the estimated grant completion date.
  • Affiliated scientists, medical staff or other appointments/affiliations approved by a senior official (i.e., CEO or VP Research)

Adjunct and instructor positions are NOT considered academic appointments.

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Subject Matter Eligibility

HEALTH RESEARCH FUNDING PRIORITY AREAS 2023-24

Research Nova Scotia is mandated to support research that reflects provincial health research priorities. New Health Investigator Grant submissions must address one or more of the following priorities:

  1. Research that contributes to recruitment and retention of healthcare professionals.
  2. Research focused on access to people-centred, flexible, quality healthcare.
  3. Research contributing to healthcare delivery excellence, including:
    • Opportunities for team-based care.
    • The ability of healthcare providers to work to their full scope of practice.
    • Innovative models to reduce wait times.
  4. Research that addresses the factors affecting health and well-being of Nova Scotians, including emerging issues in population health and harm reduction.
  5. Research that demonstrates the potential to have an impact on the healthcare system.

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Information Webinar

A webinar providing details of the 2023-24 New Health Investigator Grant was held on Tuesday, June 20 at 1:00 PM (ADT).

Watch the recording
Webinar slides

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How to Apply

NOTICE OF INTENT (NOI) PROCESS

To apply for a New Health Investigator Grant, applicants must first submit a Notification of Intent to Apply (NOI). This is a mandatory step and allows RNS to start the review process. A review committee will verify subject matter alignment with provincial health research priorities. Scientific review does not occur at this stage. Those that are deemed eligible will be invited to submit a full application 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 the Research Support Officer for confirmation before beginning your NOI application.

STEP 2: DISCUSS APPLICATION WITH INSTITUTION

All NOI submissions must undergo institutional review and receive approval before they will be considered by RNS. Applicants must connect with their Research Office well in advance of the submission deadline to confirm any internal deadlines and processes.

STEP 3: REGISTER FOR A JURA ACCOUNT

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

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

Please be aware that all grants submitted to RNS must be accompanied by a completed EDIA self-declaration form. Instructions for completing this declaration can be found below:

STEP 4: SUBMIT NOI APPLICATION

To complete submission of the NOI, log in to Jura using the credentials created in ‘step 2’. Application forms can be found under the ‘Funding Opportunities’ section of your Jura homepage.  

Carefully review all application requirements for the NOI, as outlined in the documents below, before beginning your application:

APPLICATIONS THAT DO NOT MEET THE REQUIREMENTS LISTED WILL BE MARKED AS INELIGIBLE.

You can save your application and return to it at any time. When logging in to the system during subsequent visits, your application will be found under the ‘In Progress Applications’ section of your Jura homepage.

When your application is complete, select ‘submit’. Confirmation of successful submission will be available in your applicant portfolio and will be sent to you via email.

STEP 5: OBTAIN INSTITUTIONAL APPROVAL

All submissions must receive institutional approval before the NOI deadline. This process is completed via an institutional representative in Jura.

APPLICANTS WHO ARE SUCCESSFUL IN THIS PROCESS WILL BE INVITED TO SUBMIT A FULL APPLICATION.


FULL APPLICATION PROCESS

IMPORTANT: ONLY APPLICANTS WHO HAVE BEEN INVITED TO SUBMIT A FULL APPLICATION MAY COMPLETE THIS PROCESS.

STEP 1: DISCUSS APPLICATION WITH INSTITUTION

All application submissions must undergo institutional review and receive approval before they will be considered by RNS. Applicants must connect with their Research Office well in advance of the submission deadline to confirm any internal deadlines and processes.

STEP 2: SUBMIT FULL APPLICATION

Log in to Jura using the credentials you created in during the NOI phase. Application forms can be found under the ‘In Progress Applications’ section of your Jura homepage.  

When you receive an invitation to complete a full application from RNS, carefully review all application requirements, as outlined in the documents below:

APPLICATIONS THAT DO NOT MEET THE REQUIREMENTS LISTED WILL BE MARKED AS INELIGIBLE.

You can save your application and return to it at any time.

When your application is complete, select ‘submit’. Confirmation of successful submission will be available in your applicant portfolio and will be sent to you via email.

STEP 5: OBTAIN INSTITUTIONAL APPROVAL

All submissions must receive institutional approval before the application deadline. This process is completed via an institutional representative in Jura.

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Review & sELECTION Process

NOTICE OF INTENT (NOI)

Step 1.

Research Nova Scotia will assess all Notice of Intent (NOI) submissions to determine whether they are complete and meet the eligibility criteria.  Applications that do not meet basic administrative and eligibility criteria will be marked ineligible and will not be considered by the review committee.

Step 2.

Eligible NOI submissions will be reviewed by a committee comprised of representatives from the Department of Health and Wellness (DHW). This committee will determine whether the proposed project topic aligns with the research priorities.

Step 3.

Research Nova Scotia will invite successful applicants to submit a full application for consideration.

FULL APPLICATION

Step 1.

Research Nova Scotia will assess all applications to determine whether they are complete and meet the eligibility criteria.  Applications that do not meet basic administrative and eligibility criteria will be marked ineligible and will not be considered by the review committee.

Step 2.

Eligible applications will be reviewed by a peer review committee in keeping with RNS peer review guidelines.

Step 3.

Research Nova Scotia will notify applicants of the results and implement the process for award acceptance and payment for successful applicants.

The following criteria will be used to assess New Health Investigator applications:


PRIMARY APPLICANT

  • PA has appropriate productivity in consideration of their career stage and experience to undertake suggested project.
  • PA has clearly demonstrated an independent program of research or the potential to develop an independent program of research.
  • Appropriateness of the PA’s environment to enable the conduct and success of the research project.

PLAIN LANGUAGE SUMMARY

  • Summary provided uses clear language suitable for a nonscientific audience.

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

  • Objectives provided appropriately cover the overall goals of the proposed project.
  • Objectives provided can be reasonably achieved within the timeframe identified.
  • Objectives provide an accurate overview of the activities described in the project description.

BUDGET

  • Appropriateness and adequacy of budget expenses and justification.
  • Availability of in-kind contributions and other sources of funding.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

  • Clarity, appropriateness, and scope of objectives.
  • Clarity and appropriateness of methodology.
  • Where applicable and appropriate, the research design is sex and gender equitable.
  • 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.
  • Appropriateness of knowledge translation plan and potential for findings to be used by other researchers and end-users. Knowledge translation activities are well described and appropriate.
  • Appropriateness of how success will be identified and clarity of approach to determine success.

TEAM COMPOSITION

  • Clarity and appropriateness of team member roles and responsibilities.
  • Relevance and scope of expertise and experience of the PI and team members, including peer reviewed publications, presentations and previous research awards or grants.
  • Potential of team to successfully conduct proposed research.
  • Clarity of mentorship role and potential contribution to project. This should be appropriate for career stage and support required.
  • Potential impact of the mentorship relationship on the merit of the proposal.

ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION

  • Letters of support are provided for all partners/mentors/project supporters were appropriate to confirm their support of project activities from reputable individuals/organizations and are unanimous in their support for the applicant.

OVERALL MERIT OF PROPOSAL

  • Significance of proposed research and expected contribution to understanding, interpreting, or creating knowledge that demonstrates the potential to impact the delivery of healthcare in Nova Scotia.
  • Clear evidence of engagement with the end users of the knowledge that will be created.

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fREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. Am I able to submit multiple proposals as the Primary Applicant?
A. No. Applicants may only submit one proposal as the Primary or Co-Primary Applicant. Applicants may, however, act as a co-investigator on multiple proposals.

Q: Am I able to include citations with my Notice of Intent submission?
A. Yes, applicants may include in-text citations in their Project Alignment Description and should upload these citations in the ‘Attachments’ section of their application.

Applicants should, however, keep in mind that the NOI submissions will be reviewed by a committee of government representatives and should be written for a non-scientific audience.

Q: Which team members require a CV?
A. All team members, including mentors, must submit an up-to-date, PDF version of a funding CV (either CIHR Academic or CIHR Project Biosketch) to the Primary Applicant (PA) to be uploaded in the ‘Attachments – Team Member CVs’ section of this application.

Partners are not required to submit a CV, however, they should submit a letter of support detailing their qualifications/interest (i.e. why they would like to be involved in the project) and what they will be contributing to the project.

Q: Does a team member need to be affiliated with a post-secondary institution in order to be a co-investigator?
A. No. A team member may be a co-investigator without a post-secondary institution affiliation. The affiliation is only required for Primary Applicants AND Co-Primary Applicants.

Q: For eligibility, how are leave of absences calculated into the length of an academic appointment?
A. For Early Career Researchers, eligible leaves of absence will be considered at twice the time taken. For those who are new to Nova Scotia or new to the field of health research, eligible leaves of absence will be considered at the same length of time taken.

Q: If my research requires more than $50,000 in either year of my grant, am I able to request an adjustment to my payments?
A. Any requests for more than $50,000 per year must be made in writing, with a detailed explanation, to Trish Cormier (Trish.Cormier@researchns.ca)

Q: I am unable to submit my application because of Error #33. How do I fix the issue and submit my application?
A. Error 33 comes up when you have more than one objective listed in the text boxes provided or when you hit enter at the end of one of your objectives and sent the cursor to the next line. To fix the issue, ensure that you only have one objective in each text box and that an additional line hasn’t been started after each objective.

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Application Support

Technical issues related to application submission via Jura can be directed to:

RNS Jura Helpdesk:
helpdesk@researchns.ca | 902.410.2862

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.

For technical questions regarding the Canadian Common CV (CCV) including password and account resets, PINs, CCV submission, etc., contact the CCV Centralized Helpdesk:
CCV Centralized Helpdesk
support-soutien@cihr-irsc.gc.ca
1.888.603.4178

If you require any application support or have questions about this funding opportunity, please contact:
Trish Cormier
Research Support Officer
Trish.Cormier@researchns.ca

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