QEII Foundation Translating Research Into Care (TRIC) Healthcare Improvement Research Program

The QEII Foundation Translating Research Into Care (TRIC) health care improvement research program was established in 2013 with funding from the QEII Foundation. The funding program supports research that will provide evidence and facilitate the translation of clinical science into improved healthcare policy, service delivery and patient care at the QEII Health Sciences Centre, and across NSHA.

NEW Applications deadlines: November 1, 2022

Registration deadlines: Applicants are asked to pre-register their project idea by completing the registration form and submitting it at least four weeks before the application deadlines. (October 4, 2022)

Three levels of funding support are available:

  • Level 1: up to $3,000 over one year
  • Level 2: up to $30,000 over one or two years
  • Level 3: up to $60,000 over two years

 QEII Foundation TRIC Grants Must:

  • Lead to improved health care at the QEII or NSHA 
  • Be co-led by a researcher and an administrator
  • Include the patient voice
  • Be able to be implemented and sustained at the health centre(s) where the research takes place
  • Funding from the QEII Foundation TRIC program will cover research costs; however, all operational costs must be absorbed by the department/unit involved and signed off by the Administrative Co-PI.

Priority will be given to QEII Foundation TRIC grant applications that do one or more of the following:

  • Improve patient reported outcomes
  • Improve the safety of healthcare
  • Improve wait times for healthcare
  • Reduce the need for healthcare
  • Improve access for under-served populations
  • Identify and reduce unnecessary healthcare costs.
  • Reduce unnecessary interventions, de-adopt unnecessary tests, interventions or clinical practices that are of low value.


  • The Scientific Co-Principal Investigator must be an employee, medical staff member, or have an affiliate scientist or medical appointment at the institution where the research will take place and for the duration of the proposed project, if the application is successful.
  • It is recommended that at least one team member attend at least one QEII Foundation TRIC workshop and/or review the presentations on the website prior to submitting their application.
  • Administrative Co-Principal Investigators must possess signing authority for the relevant departmental/unit budget; authority to approve and support the implementation of a healthcare improvement plan; and authority to sustain a successfully implemented plan.
  • All healthcare improvements that require changes to be made to the Health Centres IT system must be approved prior to submission.

Before considering an application to the QEII Foundation TRIC Program, applicants applying for level two and three funding should be able to answer yes to the following questions about implementation and sustainability:

  • Will this research change practice?
  • Will this practice change have an impact on the health system and/or patient care?
  • Is there solid evidence for this practice change in the literature?
  • Is this practice change supported by the Administrative Co-PI?
  • Is the impact of this project likely to be sustainable over the long term?

Level 2 and 3 applications that do not meet the criteria above will not be considered for funding. 

*Implementation science is the study of methods to promote the integration of research findings and evidence into healthcare policy and practice.

Preparing Your QEII Foundation TRIC Grant

  • Information about the QEII Foundation TRIC program is found in the QEII TRIC Application Guidelines document (additional resources and documents are available below).
  • To ensure that you are using the most recent guidelines and application forms, please check this website prior to preparing your grant application. Updates are made to improve these documents after each funding competition.

Submitting Your QEII Foundation TRIC Grant

  • Please submit one PDF file to researchdevelopment@nshealth.ca
  • Large files over 5MB should use the secure email transfer service MOVEit Transfer
  • Please do not submit applications from a gmail or hotmail account as firewalls may prevent them from being delivered.
  • Please do not submit a paper copy.     
  • Incomplete or ineligible applications will not be considered.


  • Funding notifications will be sent within two-three months of the application deadline.
  • QEII Foundation TRIC awards must be held in a Nova Scotia Health Authority research account.
  • Reports: Recipients of Level 1 grants are required to submit a final report. Recipients of Level 2 and 3 grants are required to submit an interim report and a final report.  A reminder will be sent to the Scientific Co-PI’s in advance of the report deadline.

Contact(s): researchdevelopment@nshealth.ca  

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