Goal 11

Post Secondary Education (PSE) Research and Development

Through both individual initiative and expanded collaboration, and with support from government, Nova Scotia’s universities and the NSCC will have doubled research funding.


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Goal Status

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Current: $182M
Baseline: $182M
Target: $360M
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Current Situation

The latest data shows university only research and development (R&D) in Nova Scotia was at $182 million in 2016/17, which was the same level as the baseline year of 2011/12. There was some improvement in the most recent year, but the 2024 target is $360 million. No progress has been made from the baseline in reaching that target.  The Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO) data do not include R&D performed at the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC). More information on NSCC R&D can be found in ‘Deep Dive’.

Year Actual Target Baseline
2000 93.3 360 182
2001 89.3 360 182
2002 95.8 360 182
2003 103.1 360 182
2004 121.6 360 182
2005 135.2 360 182
2006 144.3 360 182
2007 153.2 360 182
2008 170.4 360 182
2009 169.1 360 182
2010 167.7 360 182
2011 172.7 360 182
2012 181.7 360 182
2013 178.7 360 182
2014 159.6 360 182
2015 173.3 360 182
2016 166.6 360 182
2017 181.5 360 182

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What This Means

This data shows the dollar value of sponsored research and development occurring at Nova Scotia universities. It does not include sponsored research and development performed at Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC).

It should be noted, many funding programs from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) are cyclical. Although the John Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) awards smaller-scale research funding to individual researchers three times a year, all other programs are larger-scale and take place every two to three years. Special funding programs from CFI are also held periodically to meet specific demands. Therefore, longer terms trends in funding will show the fuller picture for this goal.

Deep Dive

Read more detailed information about this goal by clicking 'Deep Dive'

Post-secondary Education (PSE) Research and Development Deep Dive

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