Research Grants

Nova Scotia Museum Research Grants Program 2017 

The Nova Scotia Museum Research Grant Program, administered by the museum's board of governors, annually contributes funding toward research projects that improve Nova Scotians' understanding of heritage or offer a different interpretation of our province's cultural history. Results from the research can generate artifacts and specimens for the provincial collections.


Marine History 

Original research relating to the marine history of Nova Scotia, including shipbuilding, ship-owning, naval and merchant shipping, fishing, seafarers and seafaring, community activities relating to the sea, and the design, construction and use of vessels.

Cultural History 

A research project that examines a theme, idea or value system associated with one or more of the Nova Scotia Museum’s cultural history sites or one or more of Nova Scotia’s communities (geographic, linguistic, ethnic or occupational). You may span time periods and geographical locations and/or compare cultural or social groups. This project should result in an improved understanding of, and ability to interpret, Nova Scotia’s cultural history. 

Natural History 

An original research project designed to expand our knowledge of the natural history of Nova Scotia, including Botany, Geology, Biodiversity, Ecology, Systematics, Taxonomy, Palaeo-ecology or Zoology. Proposals are encouraged on timely and relevant topics and projects that yield specimens for the Nova Scotia Museum natural history collection. 

Industrial History

An original research project relating to the industrial history of Nova Scotia. Possible subjects include manufacturing, labour, service industries and the environmental impact of industrial activity. The project should increase our understanding of Nova Scotia’s industrial past and its influence in the present.

Species At-Risk 

An ecological or biological study that expands upon our knowledge of a plant or animal species, whose populations in Nova Scotia are threatened with loss or extinction. As part of your final report you will be required to submit data in support of your research that may better inform conservation biologists in developing recovery plans. Multi-species studies are particularly welcome, especially where they provide results provincial in scope.


To be considered, the application must include all information and materials specified in the Terms of Reference and the Project Submission Format. Each proposal will only be considered under one category, as specified when submitted. Only individual researchers are eligible to apply for Nova Scotia Museum Research Grants. 

Successful proposals will be announced by Monday, May 19, 2017.