Research Support


Nova Scotia Business Inc (NSBI) helps businesses across the province grow exports, and work with innovative, globally competitive companies that are looking to make Nova Scotia their business solution. If you are not yet familiar with our province, allow NSBI to show you why our talent, geographic location, reputation, and research and development are attracting world-leading companies to establish operations here. Learn more about the advantages of investing in Nova Scotia. You may also be interested in our Industrial Lands that offer access to shipping, logistics and distribution of your products.


Nova Scotia Research and Innovation Trust (NSRIT) supports research infrastructure in Nova Scotia by matching national funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). NSRIT benefits researchers in Health and Life Sciences, Ocean Technology, Clean Technology, and Information and Communications Technology. Since 2001, NSRIT — through the Province of Nova Scotia — has awarded over $85 million to more than 433 projects at Nova Scotia research beneficiary institutions, dramatically leveraging opportunities for innovation and direct economic benefits to the people of Nova Scotia and beyond.

NSERC Energy Storage Technology Network (NEST)

The NSERC Energy Storage Technology (NEST) Network at CUE, a multi-disciplinary, multi-sector alliance made up of 27 Canadian researchers from 15 universities and eight provinces, as well as industry and government partners, to drive innovation in the creation of energy storage for renewables in Canada. NEST will develop, test and ultimately commercialize new technologies such as lithium-ion batteries, flywheels, compressed air energy storage, thermal storage and other hybrid ES models.


At Innovacorp, we find, fund and foster innovative Nova Scotia start-ups that strive to change the world. Established in 1995 and based in Halifax, Innovacorp is Nova Scotia's early stage venture capital organization. Target industries include information technology, clean technology and life sciences. Early stage investment is at the core of Innovacorp’s business model, but the organization also provides hands-on business advisory services, tailored to meet the unique – and evolving – needs of each of the promising technology companies in its portfolio. It also gives entrepreneurs access to world-class incubation facilities and an international network of expert advisors.

Smart Net Zero Energy Buildings Research Network (SNEBRN)

SNEBRN is currently the major Canadian research effort in smart net-zero energy buildings. It brings together 29 Canadian researchers from 15 universities to develop the smart net-zero energy homes and commercial buildings of the future. The Network is funded by NSERC and also includes researchers and experts from Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and Hydro-Québec. Industrial partners from the energy and construction sectors are involved in most projects, developing the know-how that will help them compete in the global market.


The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) aims to make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for the benefit of all Canadians. The agency supports university students in their advanced studies, promotes and supports discovery research, and fosters innovation by encouraging Canadian companies to participate and invest in postsecondary research projects. NSERC researchers are on the vanguard of science, building on Canada’s long tradition of scientific excellence.


The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) strives to build our nation’s capacity to undertake world-class research and technology development to benefit Canadians. Thanks to CFI investment in state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research institutions are attracting and retaining the world’s top talent, training the next generation of researchers, supporting private-sector innovation and creating high-quality jobs that strengthen Canada’s position in today’s knowledge economy.


Mitacs is a national, not-for-profit research organization. Through unique research and training programs, Mitacs is developing the next generation of innovators with vital scientific and business skills. In partnership with companies, government and academia, Mitacs is supporting a new economy using Canada’s most valuable resource – its people.


The National Research Council-Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) is Canada's premier innovation assistance program for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It is a vital component of the NRC, a cornerstone in Canada's innovation system, regarded world-wide as one of the best programs of its kind.


The Nova Scotia Department of Energy (NS DOE) ensures Nova Scotians benefit from our province's energy sector, enables Nova Scotia businesses to compete successfully in our growing energy industry and educates Nova Scotians on energy issues. NS DOE serves as the government's focal point in the development of the province's energy resources, as outlined in the Energy Strategy. Balanced with our commitment to improving our environment and informing Nova Scotians, the Department of Energy continues to play a key role in developing a vibrant and prosperous Nova Scotia.


The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) works to create opportunities for economic growth in Atlantic Canada by helping businesses become more competitive, innovative and productive, by working with diverse communities to develop and diversify local economies, and by championing the strengths of Atlantic Canada. Together, with Atlantic Canadians, we are building a stronger economy.