Research Nova Scotia Trust

Established in March 2017, Research Nova Scotia Trust supports research projects put forward by the province's universities and the Nova Scotia Community College in the areas of ocean and science technology, aerospace and defence, clean technology, health and wellness, resource sectors and social innovation.

The Research Nova Scotia Trust is the first step toward the creation of Research Nova Scotia and the Research Opportunities Fund.

Researchers can apply though the existing researching organizations. The Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, The Offshore Energy Research Association, and the Nova Scotia Research and Innovation Trust.

The first projects receiving funding will focus on growing the province's economy by investing in oceans science and technology.

Project Title:

Finfish and shellfish tank systems to improve nutrition in aquaculture

Project Leader:

Stefanie Colombo, Dalhousie University

Project Description:

This project will focus on finding innovative ways to improve nutrition in aquaculture and contribute toward improved, healthier, environmentally sustainable and economically viable farmed seafood. The research will include designing a state-of-the-art tank system capable of rearing different species at different life stages, and implementing treatments for analysis.
Research Nova Scotia Trust funding: $80,000
Federal leveraged amount: $80,000
Other NS Partners and in-kind: $40,000

Project Title:

DAMOS: Development of Autonomous Marine Observations Systems

Project Leader:

Sara Iverson, Dalhousie University

Project Description:

The Development of Autonomous Marine Observation Systems (DAMOS) will dramatically improve observational capacity, and understanding of, Canada's ocean. It will support Nova Scotia in tackling current science and engineering knowledge gaps that limit effective ocean management and policy development. The DAMOS project will establish, in Nova Scotia, a world-class ocean technology infrastructure built in large measure by local technology firms.
Research Nova Scotia Trust funding: $2.9M
Federal leveraged amount: $2.9M
Other NS partners and in-kind: $2.4M

Project Title:

National Facility for Seismic Imaging

Project Leader:

Mladen Nedimovic, Dalhousie University

Project Description:

The new National Facility for Seismic Imaging will be the largest of its kind in the world and will be used for unparalleled monitoring of structures that generate earthquakes. The research carried out through the facility, consisting of innovative ocean bottom seismometers constructed with Canadian state of the art technology, will position Canadian scientists at the forefront of future discoveries and inform the development of guidelines and policies required to protect Canadians.
Research Nova Scotia Trust funding: $2.7M
Federal leveraged amount: $5.8M
Other NS Partners and in-kind: $6.2M
Nova Scotia Priority sector: Oceans Science and Technologies

Project Title:

Environmental Monitoring: Modelling and Forecasting Infrastructure for Instream Tidal Energy

Project Leader:

Alex Hay, Dalhousie University

Project Description:

This project will help support the collection of data and fill knowledge gaps regarding environmental conditions in the Bay of Fundy and the effects of turbines on the marine environment.
Research Nova Scotia Trust funding: $322,000
Federal leveraged amount: $322,000
Other NS Partners and in-kind: $161,000

Project Title:

microSTARR - Ultra Sensitive Tracer Analysis for Radioisotope Research

Project Leader:

John Gosse, Dalhousie University

Project Description:

The microSTARR project will provide new and upgraded equipment at Dalhousie University and University of Ottawa to improve the quality of isotope research regarding cosmic ray interactions in rock, water and ice. Isotopes are studied to determine the timing of fault earthquakes, erosion cause by rivers, recurrence of landslides over tens of thousands of years, coastal zone erosion, and age of geological events from centuries to million-year timescales. Nova Scotian researchers and businesses involved in geohazards, earth and environmental sciences, civil engineering, oceanography, aqua-culture and fisheries will also have improved access to the research they need.
Research Nova Scotia Trust funding: $125,000
Federal leveraged amount: $125,000
Other NS Partners and in-kind: $62,500

Project Title:

How does sound travel in high energy tidal environments? Effectiveness of acoustic monitoring systems and turbine audibility assessment

Project Leader:

Bruce Martin, Jasco Applied Sciences Ltd/ Dalhousie University

Project Description:

This project will design and develop a long-term acoustic monitoring program which supports tidal energy development in the Bay of Fundy. Researchers will monitor the effects of tidal turbines on marine species in highly turbulent and 'noisy' flow environments to better understand the impact of turbine noise on the marine environment. The research will be used to collaborate with industry and academia to accelerate tidal energy development.
Research Nova Scotia Trust funding: $80,000
Leveraged funds from partners and other research grants: $144,000

Project Title:

Advanced Coastal Mapping to Support Hydrodynamic Modelling - Phase II

Project Leader:

Tim Webster, Nova Scotia Community College

Project Description:

Hydrocarbon spills in the offshore marine environment are transported by wind and currents. In the nearshore, where biological diversity is highest, predicting the movement of hydrocarbon spills is further complicated by shoreline topography, seabed cover and complex longshore currents. This project aims to improve spill response planning by combining water-penetrating Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) mapping results with nearshore current measurements. This will help spill responders to predict the movement of spills in coastal environments and thus effectively respond with equipment, labor and other resources in the event of a spill.
Research Nova Scotia Trust funding: $40,000
Total Leveraged funds: $40,000

Project Title:

Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Forecasting Infrastructure for lnstream Tidal Energy

Project Leader:

Richard Karsten, Acadia University

Project Description:

Using state-of-the-art field equipment and high-end computing infrastructure, Canada's leading tidal energy research team will pursue two research thrusts: impact of the environment on turbines, and impact of turbines on the environment.
Research Nova Scotia Trust funding: $153,000
Federal leveraged amount: $503,000
Other NS Partners and in-kind: $601,000

Project Title:

Research Equipment for the Development and Structure-Function Relationship Studies of Cryoprotectants in Seafood

Project Leader:

Mohamed Shajahan Gulam Razul, St. Francis Xavier

Project Description:

The goals of this research are to increase the duration of frozen storage for, and eliminate waste of, frozen lobster. It will also find ways to provide better quality frozen products for consumers which will help these products be more globally competitive. In addition, the project focuses on the development of natural additives that will appeal to the consumers who may be concerned about the health effects of artificial chemical additives in food.
Research Nova Scotia Trust funding: $67,500
Federal leveraged amount: $67,500
Other NS Partners and in-kind: $46,000