Nova Scotia Museum: Research Grants 2023


Nova Scotia Museum

For More Information

For additional information, please visit the Nova Scotia Museum website for

  • Program guidelines
  • Application forms
  • Evaluation criteria


Grants may be awarded by the Nova Scotia Museum (NSM) Board of Governors to individuals conducting research in Nova Scotia. The focus of the grants should be linked to one or both of the following two broad themes: Natural History and Cultural History. These grants are known as the Nova Scotia Museum Research Grants. Support is also available to researchers through this program for travel to Nova Scotia and Museum sites for the purposes of working with the Nova Scotia Collection and relevant curatorial staff.


Individuals receiving grants should be associated with a recognized research institution or society, such as a museum, university, incorporated society, or recognized community organization.

Maximum Project Value

$10,000 per project

Research grants may be combined with other funding sources supporting the project

Indirect Costs


Special Notes

Application Guidelines: 

Proposed projects must meet the following criteria: 

  1. All, or most, of the research must be carried out in Nova Scotia or involve specimens, artifacts, or archival records of Nova Scotia origin. 

  1. Studies and research projects must be directly linked to the Nova Scotia Museum provincial collection and/or identified NSM research priorities (see section d). below) 

  1. The Board of Governors encourages proposals that support the use of multi-media and digital imagery, and innovative ways of explaining Nova Scotia’s Natural and Cultural History. 

  1. Proposed projects must fit within either (or both) of the broad categories of Natural History or Cultural History. These can include projects in any NSM Curatorial discipline area (Archaeology, Botany, Cultural History, Ethnology, Industrial History, Marine History, Mi’kmaq Cultural History, Zoology), and must clearly demonstrate their link to the Nova Scotia Museum collection and research priorities. The Nova Scotia Museum reserves the right to identify additional or more specific research topics as required, and/or not offer certain research topics temporarily. 


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

Applicant to submit a copy of application along with a complete OR5 form to

External Deadline

Applicant must submit application (PDF format) electronically to

Application guidelines are available on line


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Office of Research

Ornella McCarron, Grants Officer
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x52832

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