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Published: June 7, 2023


New Health Investigator Grant Applications Open

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.

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

Notice of Intent deadline is June 28, 2023 at 1:00 PM (ADT)

An update from research nova scotia

After a few quieter years due to the pandemic, conferences and in-person meetings have ramped up in 2023. RNS staff are looking forward to meeting with colleagues and potential partners at a variety of events in the next few weeks.

RNS Director of Strategy Heather Desserud is attending the Mission-Oriented Innovation Network gathering in London, UK. Led by Dr. Mariana Mazzucato and the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (University College London), this gathering brings together organizations from around the world focused on applying missions-based innovation practices to their biggest local, regional and national challenges. As the only Canadian organization attending, we’re excited to share what we’ve learned over the last 4 years deploying missions to harness the potential of research, and learning from our colleagues how to bring the best of the world home to solve Nova Scotian problems.

RNS will be attending the Ocean Technology Council of Nova Scotia’s H2O Home to Overseas Conference in Halifax. This event brings together the ocean technology sector from across Canada and around the world, hosted by our home-grown ocean research and innovation cluster. We are looking forward to hearing from leaders in this rapidly growing field.

RNS will be part of the Societal Impact of Science Conference hosted by AESIS. This international conference focuses on improving knowledge exchange and the salience of science to drive greater impact. CEO Stefan Leslie will be discussing ways to bridge the varied (and sometimes competing) needs of different levels of government and the research community through the pursuit of shared societal outcomes. RNS will be on the lookout for new ideas and opportunities to collaborate with researchers and partners who care about research that makes a difference, and how to measure it.

Stefan spoke to the Atlantic Colleges Atlantique on the role of Research Nova Scotia in coordinating and mobilizing research for the benefit of Nova Scotians. Nova Scotia enjoys a unique position in our mission-oriented approach to research; we were pleased to receive positive feedback about our focus, the direction of research in this province, and the close relationships we’re building between government needs and research expertise.
COO Marli MacNeil spoke at Mount Saint Vincent University’s Research Training session on our strategy and how we work with researchers. By starting with what we want to accomplish and working with the researchers best able and willing to get us there, RNS is supporting research that makes a real difference in the lives of Nova Scotians.
Stefan and Marli were also honoured to attend NSCC’s Scotia Scholars Showcase, sharing the research projects undertaken by the college’s eight award recipients for 2023. Over the course of the afternoon, the student scholars presented the results of their research projects, the meaning for them in undertaking this RNS-funded work, and what they learned.  

Finally, Stefan joined the board at Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS). He is looking forward to engaging in conversations about immigration research with priorities to improve the quality of life for newcomers to Nova Scotia. 

If you would like to invite RNS to your events or speaking opportunities, please contact us at info@researchns.ca


Research Nova Scotia is investing an additional $1.1 million to test whether UV lights installed in long-term care (LTC) facilities will reduce respiratory viral infections (RVI) infections among LTC residents.

“The foundational work completed as part of a pandemic response has established Nova Scotia as a leader in this area of research world-wide,” says Stefan Leslie, CEO of Research Nova Scotia. “We now have access to better UV technology and have an updated understanding on how to ensure that it is completely safe. We are leveraging new information to expand our research into the role far-UVC can play in preventing infections in long-term care.”

Current Opportunities

Ukrainian Emergency Research Support Program

The Ukrainian Emergency Research Support Fund will provide funding to undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and researchers who are accepted by a Nova Scotian institution to continue their research work. Postsecondary research institutions and research-focused organizations are eligible hosts for the grants, which are intended to offset some of the costs of outfitting offices and labs, renting out or sharing equipment, and integrating visiting Ukrainians into a Nova Scotian education system.

View current funding recipients and their projects.

New Dalhousie Psychology Clinic Job Opportunities

Dalhousie University’s new community-based Psychology Clinic will be opening soon and is eager to find candidates for the position of Health Outcomes Scientist/Research Lead.

Application deadline is June 18, 2023

MSSU Patient-Oriented Research TRaining

Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit is offering patient-oriented research training.

English session: June 14 & 15, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm AT
French session: June 15 & 16, 12 pm – 3 pm AT

Contact Shelley Strickland at shelley.stirckland@nshealth.ca to register

Low Carbon Communities Program

The Low Carbon Communities (LCC) Program supports community-led, innovative solutions to create long-lasting greenhouse gas reductions. The program provides funding for projects that support low-carbon solutions in buildings, electricity, transportation and education. 

Projects can include testing new ideas, applying best practices, increasing knowledge or enhancing equity and accessibility. 

Municipalities, First Nations bands or organizations, post-secondary institutions, business and non-profit organizations can apply. Projects must demonstrate a benefit to communities in Nova Scotia.

Submit an expression of interest by June 22, 2023.

CIHR National Women’s Health Research Initiative Grant

The purpose of the National Women’s Health Research Initiative, a joint initiative between CIHR and Women and Gender Equality Canada, is to advance a coordinated research program that addresses under-researched and high-priority areas of women’s health. The National Women’s Health Research Initiative will help to ensure new evidence improves women’s, girls’, and gender-diverse people’s care and health outcomes. 

Register by June 21, 2023.

Call for Applications: Fall 2023 CIHR-ICR early Career Researcher Workshop

Are you an early career researcher in cancer research?

Apply to CIHR’s Early Career Researcher Workshop on November 11 in Halifax. You must submit an abstract to the Canadian Cancer Research Conference (CCRC) by June 9, 2023 in order to be eligible for the workshop.



The Scotia Scholars Award allowed Erin to be a part of an initial finding that could have various positive impacts for health in the future. 

Erin is a 2021/22 Scotia Scholars Undergraduate Award recipient in the Bachelor of Science, Human Kinetics program at St. Francis Xavier University, supervised by Dr. Daniel Kane. 


The Societal Impact of Science Conference will be held in Halifax from June 19 to 21 and will focus on stimulating societal impact of science by building stronger, long-term structures for knowledge and data exchange, as well as Public-Private collaboration.

This conference will feature highly regarded and internationally recognized experts. They expects over 250 participants from more than 30 countries, bringing together experts such as R&D evaluators, university managers, research councils, policy makers, funders, and more.


On June 23, from 10:30am-1:00pm, the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie is hosting the Laureate Symposium in partnership with the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF). This is an interactive session where the six newly inducted Laureates whose leadership, integrity and contributions to medicine and health leadership have led to extraordinary improvements in human health, will share their remarkable career paths and ground-breaking contributions to health and health sciences.

REGISTER no later than Wednesday, June 14, 2023.

On Friday, June 23, 2023 at the Atlantica Hotel Halifax, Northwood will host its 11th Annual Research Symposium. Northwood’s research symposium is an opportunity for us to showcase the research and innovation projects they host. 


The inaugural Atlantic Economic Forum will bring together local, national, and global leaders in business, government, and economic development to connect and strategize ways to take action, focusing on the challenges facing Atlantic Canada and the many opportunities for renewed growth.

The forum will take place June 19-21, 2023.


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Working Together

Research Nova Scotia continues to pursue a mission-oriented research strategy to tackle big, complex challenges in Nova Scotia. Our strategy starts with what we want to accomplish and builds a research agenda and coalition of partners to help achieve these goals. By focusing on the goal, we can support many different types of ideas all seeking to find common ground: science and social science, fundamental and applied research can each play a role.

As a province, we face many grand challenges; equally, we are rich in resources, assets and expertise that can grab hold of opportunities. But we cannot do it alone: we need creative and collaborative partners, researchers, and uptake organizations who are willing to work together to find solutions.

Have an idea about how we could work together to support achieving one or more of our missions? Contact us

Beyond Research Podcast

On the Beyond Research Podcast we discuss how important discoveries across disciplines are helping shape our lives. Listen as we speak with talented researchers who are working to solve our biggest challenges.

Season 3 recording is now in progress.

We invite you to catch up on our first two seasons and download a few of our most popular episodes from last month.

Available wherever you get your podcasts.

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