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Conducting Research



Research During the COVID-19 Pandemic

As IWK Health works towards the resumption of onsite services, we are able to move forward plans to expand the current research activities being conducted onsite. We are entering new terrain as we prepare to resume some onsite research activities, including facing the possibility of subsequent waves of COVID‐19.

IWK Memo Resumption of Research

IWK Resumption of Onsite Research Application


Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund (CRCEF)

The Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund (CRCEF) was announced on May 15, 2020, as part of the Government of Canada's (COVID-19 Economic Response Plan. The temporary program was established to help sustain the research enterprise at Canadian universities and health research institutions affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund (CRCEF) (August 31, 2020)

CRCEF Stage 3 – Deadline Nov. 9 (October 26, 2020)

The Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund (CRCEF) is part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan. Stage 3 of CRCEF will provide funding for incurred costs associated with maintenance and ramp-up of research activities.

All IWK researchers with active research accounts are encouraged to review account expenses and identify eligible CRCEF Stage 3 costs (see Eligible Costs list below). Research funding may be from government or non-government sources. “(Only direct costs of research that are extraordinary and incremental to those already covered by existing sources of funds and have been incurred between March 15 and November 15, 2020 will be reimbursed, at up to 75%.”Note: “The costs of research personnel can be eligible for partial reimbursement at up to 75% in Stage 3 for the period of August 30, 2020, to November 15, 2020, provided that the costs meet the Stage 3 eligible expenses criteria.”

Stage 3 Eligible Expenses Criteria

  • unanticipated additional costs that would not have been incurred in the absence of the COVID-19 pandemic and cannot be funded by existing sources of funds;
  • for direct costs associated with maintenance and ramp-up of research activities;
  • costs borne by research projects; and
  • approved by the decision-making group identified for CRCEF

Projects with considerable, financial balances at the end of the fiscal year (March 31, 2020) are not eligible (i.e., less than 10% of total budget has been spent).

To be eligible for Stage 3, institutions must meet equity, diversity and inclusion requirements. For CRCEF Stage 3, the highest priority for funding will be for applicants from equity-seeking or underrepresented groups. Other priority groups include applicants who have been personally impacted by the pandemic, applicants who undertake non-traditional or unconventional research, and early career researchers. (There is an opportunity to self-identify on the application form.) Projects that are close to their grant end date will be of lower priority.

For more detailed information on the CRCEF program:

Frequently Asked Questions:

The IWK is participating in the CRCEF through Dalhousie University, more information on the program can be found at:


Conducting Research at IWK Health

IWK Health is a global leader in research, innovation and knowledge sharing that directly improves the health and well-being of women, children and families throughout the Maritimes and across the world. Our practice is rooted in a collaborative model that integrates talented people with new technologies, research, training, and clinical excellence. The IWK’s vibrant research community attracts outstanding leaders including nurses, psychologists, pediatricians, psychiatrists, surgeons, obstetricians and gynecologists, to name a few.

Guided by the Vice President Research and Innovation, we work closely with our partners to support research in women’s and children’s health throughout the province, broadening our reach with academic collaborators across Nova Scotia.  In fact, our strong affiliation with Dalhousie University as an academic health sciences centre greatly enhances our ability to nurture a truly interdisciplinary environment that results in research excellence

Research takes place throughout the IWK with over 64,000 square feet of dedicated research space involving approximately 400 research employees, 100 investigators and 200 trainees, students, and volunteers. 

The IWK Health Research Services Office provides oversight, management and support in the areas of finance, contract negotiations, grant funding, human resources, facility management, research consultation and education, and ethics.

Our investment in research has led to many changes that directly improve patient care. Understanding and relieving pain (new ways of measuring and treating pain in infants and children), easing the suffering of women with urinary dysfunction (better surgical procedures), managing childhood arthritis (new treatments), alleviating Crohn’s disease (new drugs, and better understanding of inflammation), autism (earlier detection and effective interventions) and developing cost-effective ways to deliver quality health care to our under serviced rural population are but a few of the areas in which our researchers are leading the way.

Initiatives such as the Research Registry are attracting and improving the involvement of a broad range of research participants and building a network to support the important work of our research community.

Research fosters a healthier population and a more efficient health care system. The next few years will offer even more exciting opportunities to be a part of improving the health of women and children through innovative solutions and stronger partnerships.

Interested in learning more about the research taking place at the IWK? Check out the site and discover!

Research Site Map


Contact Us

IWK Health Research Services
5850/5980 University Ave
PO Box 9700
Nova Scotia, B3K 6R8

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