Nova Scotia Node Research Support Application


The NS Node of the Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit (MSSU) is pleased to launch a first call for proposals for Priority Project Support. For selected projects/teams, support will be provided by the MSSU on an in-kind basis. The official call follows a project incubator event (the NS Node Bridge Event) held June 20th and June 25th, 2018. The NS Bridge Event brought together decision-makers, researchers, and patients for a series of two half-day facilitated group discussions around selected provincial priority areas.

The objectives of the biannual NS Bridge Event and this call are to further facilitate linkages across the research community and our decision-maker partners to increase patient-oriented research and evidence informed decision-making in the province. The MSSU aims to support projects in line with these objectives by offering resources to facilitate activities including early team development, research conduct, and dissemination. Supports available through this call may include assistance with team communication, study design, knowledge translation, data access, communication, etc. Note – there is no cash funding available through this call. For more information about the types of project support available, please see the full application form.


Projects eligible for MSSU support must:

  • Include an identified Nova Scotia scientific lead who holds an academic appointment at a Nova Scotia university/affiliated research institution, or an appointment with research responsibilities at an affiliated hospital/research centre/institute;
  • Include an identified NS Department of Health & Wellness lead;
  • Align with the provincial priorities, determined by DHW and NSHA/IWK and presented at the MSSU NS Bridge Event;
  • The project is patient oriented (includes measures of outcomes important to patients, patient safety or patient access to care) and has a clear commitment to patient engagement, and
  • The scientific or policy lead attended the NS Bridge Event (exceptions may be considered on a case by case basis).

Preference will be given to applications that align with key MSSU objectives and availability of MSSU resources. Key MSSU objectives include:

  • The project has a robust plan for patient engagement;
  • The project will contribute to the implementation or evaluation of priority health system change in Nova Scotia;
  • The project involves new health data linkages.

Applicants who do not meet the above criteria (or are uncertain if they do) are encouraged to seek support from the MSSU. We will be happy to help you identify and advise on how to fill potential gaps, in order to be considered for future calls for support.

Preparing your application


Please send your completed application form in a single PDF file, to The deadline for submission is September 28, 2018. 

If you have any questions, please contact