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Nova Scotia Health’s Research Fund is an internal funding program that builds the capacity of Nova Scotia Health researchers and helps catalyze new research opportunities.

The full Research Fund application portal is now open. Completed application packages for this year's competition are due by 4pm ADT on July 13, 2024. 

NS Health utilizes an online submission portal for Research Fund applications and related study materials. The NS Health Research Fund application can be accessed via the following link:

Applications may be completed on the online submission platform by multiple individuals in real time. If you will be drafting your proposal collaboratively, simply follow the online instructions. The Supervisor / Mentor Research Placement Agreement form, required for all students and trainees conducting research at Nova Scotia Health, is also required for all students and trainees applying for Research Fund support. The form can be found under 'publications' to the right.

We will not accept uploaded standalone application forms through the online portal.

For information or application support:


Support for the development of Research Fund applications will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Please contact the Research Methods Unit (RMU) at least four weeks prior to the funding deadline if you’re seeking full support for the development of your grant application.

Application categories

  • Category 1 – up to $100,000 over three years. For experienced researchers who are based at or affiliated with Nova Scotia Health
  • Category 2 – up to $100,000 over three years. For early career researchers who are based at or affiliated with Nova Scotia Health
  • Category 3 – up to $50,000 over two years. For researchers based at or affiliated with affiliated with Nova Scotia Health
  • Category 4 – up to $10,000 over one year. For research students and trainees based at or affiliated with Nova Scotia Health


Categories 1-3 are open to all Nova Scotia Health team members including physicians, nursing and allied health professionals, administrators, other employees, and Scientific Affiliates.

Category 4 is open to students and trainees at post-secondary institutions in Nova Scotia who are either already affiliated with Nova Scotia Health (e.g. as medical residents or other student learners) or who are willing to become Nova Scotia Health employees for the purposes of their proposed project and who also have a supervisor who is affiliated with Nova Scotia Health as a physician, employee, or Affiliate Scientist.  

Priority will be given to research grants that align with priorities of Nova Scotia Health, the Department of Health and Wellness, and the Department of Seniors and Long-Term Care, including:

  • Aging and continuing care
  • Mental health and addictions
  • Vulnerable populations
  • Expanding telehealth/virtual care
  • Chronic illness
  • Improving access to primary health providers
  • Recruitment and retention of health professionals
  • Addressing surgical wait times
  • Women’s health
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Overall patient access and flow

A portion of the funding available for this competition has been specifically allocated to support applications from teams outside Central Zone.

Please Note: 

Research grants administered through Nova Scotia Health must use Nova Scotia Health salary scales and benefits. Please contact Research HR for assistance with determining the appropriate salary scales for research positions. To cover the cost of benefit entitlements for PT and FT Long Assignment positions, 25% must be added on top of salaries. 15% benefits are required for PT or FT Short Assignments and Casual Relief positions.