Have an idea for research that affects your community?

This winter, NSPIRG is offering social and environmental research grants of $250.00 – 500.00.


Community efforts to increase economic, social and environmental justice depend on good organization and good information. The research fund is intended to support information gathering and sharing rooted in the needs of our local communities. We want to support you and the projects you need. We are therefore interested in funding projects that are relevant to community groups, local issues, and struggles facing communities.

This could take different forms than traditional academic research, and so research projects can be presented in a variety of forms. Maybe it’s a paper or article, a zine, a poster, or an info-graphic. Maybe you want to do formal, academic research and need support. The possibilities are endless.

We’d like to see research projects that connect to and have implications for the daily lived experiences of marginalized communities and work that helps us to better understand contemporary political concerns and develop alternatives.

The amounts of the grants will vary based on the extent of the research outlined in the project proposal. We expect a realistic amount of work for a $250 or $500 honorarium; we understand that these are not full-time jobs or large-scale projects.

*Note: We will give priority to projects that come from minority and marginalized groups and individuals.


Anyone can apply for an NSPIRG Research Grant (including students, community members, activists, & members of NGOs or grassroot organizations). Projects must be completed by late April, 2014 in order for the research grant coordinator to compile them into a publication.

When applying please consider that NSPIRG wishes to provide funding to individuals who might not otherwise have access to it and so if you have already received research funding from another source we ask that you take this into consideration.

Events such as conferences, workshops, seminar series, summer schools and action research meetings are not covered by these research grants.


Applications can be concise but should include the following information:

  • A cover page outlining the title of the proposed research and a rough research question.
  • The details of the researcher including their name, any organizations they may be affiliated with, and their full contact information.
  • The Project: a section providing context to the research project including any relevant background, participants, planned activities, rational, etc.
  • Ambitions: a section outlining how the project will contribute to social and environmental research and analysis.
  • Outcomes: a section outlining the format of the project and the manners in which the researcher plans to disseminate the work after its completion.
  • Budget: A section outlining how much money is needed for the research project, how it will be spent, and if any other sources of funding have been secured.

[*Note: NSPIRG has allocated $50.00 to each budget above the established research grant to handle costs associated with the projects]

Applications will be considered by a panel including board and staff members of NSPIRG and applicants will be notified of the results in late February. If unsuccessful applicants wish to receive feedback on their applications they may contact the research coordinator.

If you have questions, would like to discuss ideas, or are submitting an application, email Or, if email isn’t accessible, participants can reach the research coordinator at (902) 789-1928 to work out an alternative arrangement.

Anyone interested in the program should express an interest in participating to the research coordinator by March 18, 2014

NSPIRG links research and education with community action to promote social and environmental justice. Our student and community volunteers support a range of activities and actions. We are eager to find new ways to connect with the community beyond our campus.

For more information on NSPIRG please visit:

Here’s a copy of the poster.

Examples of past NSPIRG Publications Include:

  • Single Mother’s Survival Guide (book);
  • The Handy Dandy: A Guide to Alternative Resource Centres in Metro Halifax (print publication); Hoping Against Hope: The Struggle Against Colonialism in Canada (audio documentary);
  • In Perspective magazine (G7 In Perspective, Women’s Health In Perspective, Poverty in Perspective, Peace in Perspective etc.);
  • Africville: Not for Sale (audio documentary);
  • Proud but Cautious:Homophobic Abuse and Discrimination in Nova Scotia (report);
  • A New Paradigm for Paying the Piper: Access, Commercialization and Control at Halifax Universities (report); and many more!

Questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us!

Dalhousie Student Union Building   6136 University Avenue, Room B24 – Halifax NS B3H 4J2
NSPIRG would like to acknowledge our office is located on ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People

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