Designed to inspire student researchers with exceptional potential.

Research Nova Scotia student challenges are designed to inspire student researchers with exceptional potential who are engaged in various research disciplines at post-secondary institutions across Nova Scotia. By starting with what we want to accomplish, and convening a coalition of collaborators, we strive to demonstrate what we mean by “doing research differently” while helping address provincial challenges.

Congratulations to all of our 2021-22 student challenge award recipients. Research Nova Scotia would like to congratulate all student participants, faculty advisors, judges, and challenge partners. Our students continue to demonstrate the up-and-coming research talent our province has to offer!

Stay tuned for new student funding opportunities coming Fall 2022.

2022 – 2023 Student Challenges

Stay tuned for more details.

How can we economically re-use glass?

Research Nova Scotia, Scotia Recycling, and Divert NS sought innovative ideas for glass reuse and recycling in Nova Scotia. Challenge participants were encouraged to engage with potential end users or industry partners to identify realistic, feasible, and beneficial uses for recycled glass.

This competition is now closed. Learn more about our challenge participants.

How can we better connect researchers to community?

Research Nova Scotia and VOLTA sought innovative ideas that provide a way to better connect researchers to community in Nova Scotia.

This competition is now closed. Learn more about our challenge participants.


“By starting with what we want to accomplish, and convening a coalition of collaborators, we strive to demonstrate what we mean by doing research differently while helping address provincial challenges.

Stefan Leslie, CEO of Research Nova Scotia


Interested in collaborating on a student challenge?