How can we better connect researchers to community?

Expression of Interest Due September 27, 2021

Student Challenge: HOW TO APPLY

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

STEP 1: Confirm Eligibility

Consider whether you are eligible for this opportunity. All participants must be full-time students (undergraduate or graduate) at a university in Nova Scotia or at the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC). Teams must also identify a faculty advisor from their institution to supervise their team throughout the duration of the challenge.

If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact the Program Officer for confirmation before beginning your application.


Step 2: Review Requirements for Expression of Interest (EOI)

Please review carefully the requirements for the EOI, outlined in the challenge information package.

Download challenge information package.


Step 3: Register for a Jura Account

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

The main contact person for the submission is considered the Team Leader. In order to access the application, this individual must create an account in Jura by clicking the ‘Register’ button found here.


Step 4: Submit EOI

To complete submission of the EOI, log in to Jura to access the application under the ‘Student Challenge – Data’ header. Information will be either entered directly to the form or uploaded as PDF documents.

Information entered in Jura is NOT automatically saved. Click the blue ‘Save Draft’ button frequently to ensure that you do not lose any information.

Technical issues related to application submission via Jura can be directed to:
RNS Jura Helpdesk
helpdesk@researchns.ca

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.

Expression of Interest submissions are due on September 27, 2021 at 4:00PM (EDT)


Step 5: Eligibility Confirmation

Participants will receive confirmations of their eligibility via email. If eligible, participants will be invited to submit a full proposal and four-minute pitch video.

Eligibility will be confirmed on October 1, 2021.


Step 6: Submit Full Proposal and Four-Minute Pitch Video

Once eligibility is confirmed, participants will have six weeks to develop a four-minute presentation that outlines their proposed approach and concept. Presentations must include the project approach as well as the team’s capability to develop. Relevant supporting documents may also be submitted for consideration. To ensure the selection process is feasible, the teams will be asked to record their four-minute pitch presentation and submit to Research Nova Scotia.

All proposals will be submitted via Research Nova Scotia’s online portal, Jura. To submit the proposal, the Team Leader must log into the Jura account created to submit the EOI for this challenge.

Once logged in, the Team Leader will be able to view the application form for this opportunity under the ‘In Progress Applications’ section on their Jura homepage.

Information entered in Jura is NOT automatically saved. Click the blue ‘Save Draft’ button frequently to ensure that you do not lose any information.

Technical issues related to application submission via Jura can be directed to:
RNS Jura Helpdesk
helpdesk@researchns.ca

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.

Full application submissions and the four-minute pitch video are due on November 12, 2021 at 4:00PM (EDT). 


Step 7: Finalists Identified and Invited to Submit Final Proposals

The finalists identified from Stage 1 submissions will be given an additional two weeks to develop their pitch presentations and submit final proposals. Finalists will be invited to present for 10 minutes at Volta in Halifax (virtually or in person) in front of a panel of experts from Nova Scotia and beyond.

All final proposals and supporting documentations will be submitted via Research Nova Scotia’s online portal, Jura. To submit the application, the Team Leader must log into the Jura account created to submit the EOI and full proposal for this challenge.

Once logged in, the Team Leader will be able to view the application form for this opportunity under the ‘In Progress Applications’ section on their Jura homepage.

Information entered in Jura is NOT automatically saved. Click the blue ‘Save Draft’ button frequently to ensure that you do not lose any information.

Technical issues related to application submission via Jura can be directed to:
RNS Jura Helpdesk
helpdesk@researchns.ca

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.

Final proposals are due on December 9, 2021 at 4:00PM (EDT).