The Atlantic Climate Research Collaboration

Thank you for your interest. Applications for the first intake are now closed.

A new initiative co-sponsored by Research Nova Scotia (RNS) and Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute (CANSSI) Atlantic will tackle complex problems related to climate change and its impacts on coastal communities.

The Atlantic Climate Research Collaboration (ACRC) will investigate climate change impact on coastal communities and opportunities for mitigation and adaptation that have the potential for immediate impact on society. The program will provide support for research projects that have a significant component related to developing new fundamental statistical and inferential data science methodology and models and/or applying statistical and data science methods and models in innovative ways.

In addition, ACRC will:

This competition isCLOSED
Applications OpenedDecember 13, 2022
Application DeadlineFebruary 10, 2023 at 1:00pm (AST)
AWARD TERM1-3 years, all projects
must be concluded by March 2026
AMARD AMOUNTEstimated $50,000 –
$100,000 allocated per project
  • Foster and support research and training that span postsecondary institutions and disciplines in Atlantic Canada
  • Provide an inclusive environment that draws in faculty, students, and application partners from across Atlantic Canada
  • Create collaborative research teams that outlive the program itself


To apply for ACRC funding, the applicant must ensure that the following criteria are met:

  • Project must include faculty leads from at least two academic units* in Atlantic Canada (of which at least one must be in Nova Scotia)
  • Project must include an engaged non-academic partner (e.g., municipality, non-profit, etc.)

For any questions regarding eligibility please contact Joanna Mills Flemming.

*An academic unit is a faculty, school or department within an institution. This criterion may be satisfied by two academic units within one institution, or across two different institutions.


Funding Amount and Duration

Applicants can submit one application for consideration. The total ACRC budget will be approximately $400,000 with an estimated $50,000 – $100,000 being allocated per project.

All funded projects must conclude by March 2026. As such, proposals may be one to three years in duration.


Important Dates 

Applications Open: December 13, 2022

Application Deadline: Friday, February 10, 2023, at 1:00 PM (AST)

All applicants will be notified of decisions in within eight weeks of deadline.


Application Process

Step 1: Confirm Eligibility

Consider whether you are eligible for this opportunity using the criteria outlined above.

Step 2: Review Requirements of Application

Please carefully review all application requirements, as outlined in the document below:

2022-23 ACRC Application Requirements

Step 3: Register for a Jura Account

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

In order to access the application, this individual must create an account in Jura by clicking the ‘Register’ button found here.

Step 4: Submit Application

To complete your application submission, log in to Jura to access the application, where information will be either entered directly to the form or uploaded as PDF documents.

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.


How to Apply

Applications must be submitted via Research Nova Scotia’s online submission portal, Jura. Follow the link below to create an account, select the opportunity, and upload all requirements as detailed above. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all the above requirements are provided for consideration. Additional details regarding Jura are available on the submission form.

Jura Online Platform

Please note: All materials for review must be provided via the online submission form. Materials will not be accepted via mail or email.


Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Equity, diversity and inclusion strengthen the research 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 and CANSSI.

Supported projects must follow CANSSI EDI policies; please see: The application should include the following statement: We will follow CANSSI EDI policies as applicable to this project.


Review and Selection Criteria

Research Nova Scotia will assess all applications to determine whether they are complete and meet the eligibility criteria.

Eligible applications will be assessed by a review committee using the following assessment criteria:

Expected Outcomes  (30%) Extent to which the proposal addresses a real and clear need to assist communities mitigate or adapt to climate change. 

Extent to which the proposed research is convincingly linked to this societal outcome. 

Likelihood of the project’s immediate impact on society.  
Research Description   (30%)Quality and innovation of the statistical sciences or inferential data science methodology and models, and/or application of statistical and data science methods and models. 

Degree and integrity of the interdisciplinarity of the project.  Degree of integration of the non-academic partner into the project, through the problem identification, meeting research objectives, and/or implementation of results. 

Clarity, appropriateness and feasibility of project scope, methodology, timelines, and activities.   
Budget  (10%) Appropriateness and adequacy of budget expenses and justification.   
Team Composition   (20%) Quality and experience of research team. 

Potential of team to successfully conduct proposed research.  

Quality of mentorship and training opportunities. 

Appropriateness and commitment of non-academic project partners   
Overall Merit of Proposal   (10%)Significance of proposed research and expected contribution to understanding, interpreting, or creating knowledge that will prepare communities for the effects of climate change.   


Application Support

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

RNS Jura Helpdesk | 902.410.2862
Jura Helpdesk Hours are 8am-4pm AST Monday to Friday.
Responses will be provided as soon as possible but please allow up to 24 hours for a response.

Require assistance?

If you require any application support or have questions about this funding opportunity, please contact:

Trish Cormier
Research Support Officer