NBHRF & CIHR-SPOR-MSSU Studentship/Fellowship

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Requirements Guide

Important Dates
Duplicate Funding
Application Details
Required Attachments
Application Submission
Final Report


This program is designed for New Brunswick-based university or college students seeking to pursue health research training in any discipline (all faculties and/or departments are eligible, e.g. Economics, Psychology, etc., not just those traditionally related to health sciences such as Nursing, Biology, Biochemistry, etc.).  All human health themes are eligible, regardless of proposed methodology or models. Projects must be relevant to the Maritime SPOR Support Unit and involve access to and analysis of data related to health research in any of the four CIHR pillars described below. Back to top of the page


Research supported must be in a field of human health research. The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) defines/categorizes these fields by four pillars: 1 – biomedical, 2 – clinical, 3 – health system services and 4 – population health. 

The student or fellow must be under the supervision of at least one researcher (i.e. supervisor) who has an academic appointment at a New Brunswick university, college or research institution.

NBHRF welcomes applications from international students studying at a New Brunswick university, college or research institution.  Back to top of the page

Important Dates

  • Application Deadline: 4:00 p.m., Jan 6, 2021.
  • Funding Decisions by: March 15, 2021
  • Funding Start Date: July – September 2021   Back to top of the page


The program is offered annually, subject to availability of funding. The number of awards that can be funded varies.   For the 2020 competition, NBHRF will offer awards as shown in each of the categories listed below: 

  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship (M.D. and/or PhD)                  for 2 yrs. at $50,000/yr.
  • PhD Studentships                                                                 for 3 yrs. at $24,500/yr.
  • MSc Studentships                                                                for 2 yrs. At $17,500/yr. 

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Duplicate Funding

No Duplication permitted.


To be eligible, the student/fellow (principal applicant) must:

  • propose original research which is directly relevant to the health of New Brunswickers and the mandate of the Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit;
  • at the time of application, be in the process of applying to, or be accepted into, a thesis-based full-time Master's or PhD graduate university program offered in New Brunswick or in the process of applying, being accepted or registered as a postdoctoral fellow and be under the supervision of a researcher (i.e. supervisor conducting research) in New Brunswick, in a New Brunswick university, college or institution. (e.g. medical training programs, regional health authorities’ hospitals);
  • not hold any remunerated academic appointment or any other fellowship/studentship funding;
  • for PhD applicants, be registered at a university offering PhD graduate training in New Brunswick and reside in New Brunswick for the tenure of the award;
  • if students are working full time, they must demonstrate that they have a reasonable work plan for their proposed research activities
  • must be under the supervision of a health researcher who is an MSSU Associate Scientist conducting research in New Brunswick, at a university, college or institution (e.g. medical training programs, regional health authority hospitals).
  • Students with NBHRF funding who do not submit a final report or any other required documentation will be ineligible for future NBHRF/MSSU research funding.

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Applications are reviewed to ensure that they:

  • fit with the purpose, scope and requirements of the funding program, including the importance of the study to the applicant’s research career establishment in New Brunswick.
  • reflect the mandated initiatives of the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation and the Maritime SPOR Support Unit.

Once the application is received, review will begin immediately. Decisions are typically made within two to six weeks from the time of submission.    

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Application Details

Complete the NBHRF online application form (all fields with an asterisk (*) are mandatory). Attach all documents in the appropriate section of the form (either CCV Attachments or Application Details Attachments). Attachments are outlined below.

No additional documents will be accepted prior to or after the submission deadline.

Grants are made for 24 months (MSc and Post-Doctoral Fellowship) or 36 months (PhD) . Both successful and unsuccessful applicants may apply again in subsequent years.

Individual investigators may not hold concurrent funding under this and/or any other NBHRF program.

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Required Attachments

Headings as outlined below are to be included as attachments and page limitations respected.

Attachment #1: Plain Language Project/Program Summary

Outline the proposed research project. Applicants should provide an appropriate synopsis of their proposed research including research question(s) approaches, methods and literature, and any preliminary results etc.

  • Maximum 1 page.
  • Page set up and format as outlined below must be followed.*
  • Upload under the section "Application Details Attachments".

Attachment #2: Relevance of Project to Health Research in New Brunswick

Demonstrate the relevance of the proposed research project to the mandate of the NBHRF and MSSU, and how the research will potentially contribute to improving the health of New Brunswickers.

  • Maximum 1 page.
  • Page set up and format as outlined below must be followed.*
  • Upload under the section "Application Details Attachments".

Attachment #3: Information on and Breakdown of Other Sources of Funding for the Applicant

  • Include amount, source, and conditions / duration.
  • Upload under the section "Application Details Attachments".

Attachment #4: Scanned transcript

  • Upload under the section " Application Details Attachments"

Attachment #5 – Canadian Common CV (CCV)

  • A completed CV must be created (and/or updated) and submitted in the Canadian Common CV system for BOTH THE STUDENT AND THE SUPERVISOR(S) as part of the application process. Using the CV “Funding” option, select “Funding Source NBHRF”, and then select “CV Type NBHRF Template”. The CCVs will have to be uploaded as a document through the “Choose Files” button on the application form. Please note that a “Draft” CCV will not be accepted as part of the application. Please ensure that the correct version of the CCVs are uploaded in the NBHRF application. A submitted version of the CCV will have a date submitted and a confirmation number at the top of the CCV.
  • Upload under section “CCV Attachments”.

Attachment #6: Signatures

  • A scanned completed signature page must be attached.
  • It is important that signatures are obtained BEFORE the application is submitted. After the application is submitted, the applicant will not be able to make changes. The applicant must review the application with each of the primary stakeholders and obtain their signatures.
  • The signatures required are:
  1.  Applicant

Enter the applicant's name on the online application.

  1.  Department

Enter the name of the Dean/Department Head/Manager on the online application.

  1.  Institution

Enter the name of the person who has the authority to bind the institution or organization to the general conditions governing grants and awards.

The signature on the pdf signature page must match the “Signature Acquired” name entered on the online application form. Should the applicant realize or be told that they have an incorrect name entered on the pdf for signature, the applicant can strike out the original name, write in the appropriate name on the printed form and have the appropriate person sign. Before submitting the application, however, the applicant must return to the same field in the online application and update the entry to match the name and title of the person who has signed.

  • The signature in each section must match the individual named on the printed pdf and the on-line form
  • Upload under section " Application Details Attachments"

*Page Setup and Format for Attachments

  • Margins:          ¾" (2 cm)
  • Page:               8.5" x 11.0" (21.5 x 28.0 cm)
  • Font:               12 point
  • Spacing:          No condensed type or spacing
  • Line Spacing: Single-spaced                                                                     

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Application Submission – Read Carefully

The applicant must review the application for completeness and accuracy prior to submitting. Applications can not be edited after clicking the “Submit” button.

Prior to submission, all attachments are to be uploaded with the application using the “Choose Files” button in the appropriate section (“Application Details Attachments” or “CCV Attachments”). See above.

Signatures must be obtained prior to submission. To do so, the applicant must follow the steps outlined below:

  1. Enter the signatories’ names in the appropriate fields on the online form.
  2. Click “Save Draft”.
  3. Go to “View”.
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page.
  5. Click on “View PDF”.
  6. Print the pdf document.
  7. Logout of the application.
  8. Obtain the required signatures on the printed pdf document.
  9. Scan the signed document.
  10. Log back into the account.
  11. Click the "Edit" button for this application on the “Portfolio” page.
  12. Click the “Choose Files” button under "Application Details Attachments".
  13. Upload the scanned signature page.
  14. Click the Signature Acquired boxes.
  15. Click “Save Draft”.

Once the application is complete, click “Submit”.

The applicant will receive an e-mail advising that the application has been received, including a file number for future use.     

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Final Report

Award Recipients are required to submit a Final Report within 90 days of the project end date by completing the NBHRF final report form found by logging into your NBHRF account. The signed financial statement from the institution and a summary project report must be attached in the “Final Report Attachments” section.

All fields of the report form must be completed accurately. If information is missing or incorrect, the report will be rejected and recipients will be instructed to redo it.

The award recipient will receive an automated email confirming submission of the report. The award recipient will also receive an email from the NBHRF Program Director indicating whether or not the final report is complete and accepted. If it is not complete, appropriate actions will be arranged. 

Recipients who do not submit a final report or any other required documentation will be ineligible for future NBHRF research funding.     

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