The Establishment Grant Consultations 2013

From September 2013 to December 2013, the NSHRF conducted a consultation with health research community on the future of the Research Programs' Establishment Grant envelop of funding. There was continued support for this funding opportunity and over the course of 2014-15 funding year the NSHRF will consider the advice offered by the community related to this program.


Given the changing research environment nationally and our available resources, the NSHRF began formally considering how to best support and sustain the Nova Scotia health research enterprise in early 2013. The NSHRF felt it was important to engage with the health research enterprise broadly as we considered potential changes and the impacts these changes might have across the provincial health research enterprise. The NSHRF hosted consultation sessions with the objective of gaining an understanding and receiving advice from individuals in all areas within the health research enterprise. 

In preparation for the consultation process and to inform decision-making, the NSHRF produced the following documents: 

Consultation Analysis and Findings

A total of 14 in-person consultation sessions were held between September 13, 2013 - December 2, 2013, representing 131 attendees from a variety of stakeholder groups. Additionally, 80 individuals completed the online consultation for a total of 211 stakeholders consulted. More than 95 per cent of the individuals consulted gave positive and supportive feedback regarding the NSHRF’s Establishment Grant envelope of funding, the NSHRF as whole and its strategic direction. To read more about the findings of the analysis, please click here.  


Not only did we hear you, but we are acting upon your advice. In 2014-15, we implemented some changes to the Establishment Grant eligibility criteria with advice from our Research Advisory Committee (RAC) and other stakeholders, additional changes to our programmnig will be considered going forward. For more details on what we've implemented thus far, please click here.