Government of New Brunswick
What is applied research?

Applied research deals with solving practical, specific and real-world problems and generally employs a combination of quantitative and qualitative methodologies.  It involves the testing and potential proof of a concept rather than its development.

How do I develop an evaluation plan?

An evaluation plan will inform the extent to which the research project has met its objectives. It should be integrated throughout the project from conception to final reporting. The plan sets out what the objectives are, how success in achieving those objectives will be measured, and what data will be collected to provide those measurements.

Please visit the Resources section to find more information on how to develop an evaluation plan.

How do I get connected with a researcher?

A partnership with a researcher or evaluator as projects are developed is strongly encouraged.  Researchers and evaluators have the expertise and experience needed to conduct credible and evidence-based projects.  There are a number of research based organizations that may be able to support you with your search.  These organizations are listed on the Resources section of this website.  You may also explore reaching out to local post-secondary institutions to inquire about graduate and PhD students who might be available for research projects.


How do I access existing data around seniors in New Brunswick?

Data is a critical part of developing a high quality evidenced based project.  Visit the Resources section to see a list of sources and organizations that provide a variety of information and data about New Brunswick seniors and communities.

What is Research Ethics Board approval

All research involving humans must be formally approved by a research ethics board (REB) that adheres to the Tri-Council Policy Statement:  Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans.

Documentation of formal ethics approval is not required until after the project has been approved for funding and a contribution agreement is in place, however approval must be received prior to any of the project funding being released.

You can contact one of the accredited Tri-Council institutions based in New Brunswick to seek ethics approval:

To learn more visit the Resources section.

What is Gender Based Analysis (GBA)?

Gender-based analysis (GBA+) is a process that identifies how gender differences may impact outcomes of policies, programs and decisions for diverse groups of women, men, girls, boys and gender diverse people either directly or indirectly. The use of GBA incorporates consideration of gender as well as other identity factors such as age, education, language, geographic area, culture and income.

GBA+ enhances inclusiveness in decision-making to ensure that diverse perspectives and needs are better represented. By using GBA+, you can help ensure decisions and initiatives are responsive to the needs of all concerned resulting in intended and equitable results.

Applicants are expected to complete GBA+ training offered by the Status of Women Canada, and to incorporate GBA+ into their projects.  Find more information on the Resources section of this website. 

Do all members of a project team need to complete the online GBA+ training?

Only the project lead and co-lead must complete the GBA + training offered by Status of Women Canada and provide the certificate obtained following the training.

Are individuals or groups of individuals eligible to apply?

Individuals or groups of individuals will need to partner with a non-governmental organization (NGO) in order to apply.  

Eligible Applicants Include:

Non-governmental organizations such as municipalities, indigenous peoples, non-profit organizations, post-secondary education institutions, researchers, RHA medical professional and private-sector companies.

How do I determine if my project is eligible for funding under the Healthy Seniors Pilot Project?

Your project must fit into the following eligibility criteria:

  1. The project must fit the definition of applied research.  Proposals that are basic, pure or fundamental research or involve clinical trials investigating the safety and efficacy of new medication are not eligible.
  2. Product development proposals are not eligible.
  3. Business expansion of an existing proven product is not eligible.
  4. Projects must directly address at least one of the five HSPP Focus Areas.
  5. Projects must be new and not pre-existing projects.  However, projects that seek to significantly modify or improve a pre-existing project may be considered if something new is being learned.  In these situations, it will be important to demonstrate that the project will:
    - Grow a project to a new geographical region (s);
    - Address a new target population; and/or,
    - Substantially expand or improve a service delivery model.


Do the services, which will be provided with this grant, have to be offered in both official languages?

All projects must respect the obligations set in the Official Languages Act.

What happens if I my expenditures exceed the agreed upon project budget?

The funding agreement for successful applicants will outline the flow of funding.  Expenses incurred over and above the amount identified in the funding agreement will be the responsibility of the applicant.   Any under-expenditure will remain with the Healthy Seniors Pilot project and could therefore be used for any future approved project.

What happens if I cannot meet project timelines or expected project deliverables?

All successful applicants must work cooperatively with the Monitoring, Evaluation and Knowledge Transfer Unit.  It will be expected that each project has a clear project plan.  The unit will help work with the applicant to get them back on track if problems arise.  Please note, should the outcomes or plan significantly deviate from what was agreed, then government reserves the right to cancel the agreement with notice as per the signed agreement.

When must projects be complete?

All projects must be completed by March 2021. 

Any significant change in the timelines or projects that has caused them to go beyond 2021 will be brought to the attention of the Aging Secretariat, where an agreement will need to be reached as to how to proceed.

Can organizations based outside of New Brunswick submit a project?

Proposals from organizations outside of New Brunswick will be considered, but projects are required to occur in NB.  Only project activities that take place in New Brunswick are considered eligible expenditures.  Projects proposing multiple project sites, including some in New Brunswick and some outside, will need to demonstrate secured funding for those sites outside New Brunswick.  They will also be required to have staff operating at a site in New Brunswick. 

Would renovations to a building be considered eligible expenses?

No, construction of infrastructure is not an eligible expense.  This includes but is not limited to, changes to building structures, installing air conditioning, etc.  Consideration will be given to expenses required to update a structure in order to test technology or innovative approaches.

Are there a maximum number of collaborators or sectors to be involved in a project proposal?

Proposals should have the right people contributing in order to achieve its goal.  If there are too many collaborators, that could negatively impact the budget analysis, too few may mean that the right people may not be at the table. No maximum has been set.

Is there a maximum funding level per project?

There are no maximum or minimum funding level requests.  However, the problem statement and proposal should justify the budget requested.   It is important to note that projects with matching funds will be seen more favourably, particularly for those with larger budgets.  All projects require a solid sustainability plan, particularly those with large budgets.  As well, consideration will be given to the ability to fund enough projects in order to address the five areas of focus, and achieve appropriate provincial distribution.  

Are overhead costs for research an eligible expenditure?

Healthy Senior Pilot Project funding will be provided to proponents in the form of a grant.  As noted in the Guidelines document “overhead/administrative fees expressed as a percentage of ongoing operational support of an organization” is an “in-eligible expense”.  This applies to any non-governmental agency who serves as the project lead.

Should the proponent establish a contract with a third party to provide a portion of the project (i.e. evaluation) that relationship will be managed between the proponent and service provider.  It is the total cost and reasonableness of each component that will be evaluated by the Healthy Seniors Pilot Project assessment team. 

What employer contributions are eligible expenditures for staff salaries?

Eligible expenditures for staff salaries are:

Salaries and wages of project staff and the employer's contribution to the statutory benefits plans and additional benefits under a contract of employment or collective agreement, or an equivalent agreement, combined with statutory benefits up to 20% of the salary cost for each employee. 

It should be noted that statutory benefits and additional employee benefits that exceed the 20% limit are not eligible expenses.

Can an applicant submit more than one Funding Request Form?

Yes, applicants may submit more than one Funding Request Form if the proposed projects are significantly different in terms of scope of work.  A complete form is required for each project being proposed.

Do eligible applicants have to partner with post-secondary institutions?

All eligible applicants, including non-governmental organizations such as municipalities, indigenous peoples, non-profit organizations, post-secondary education institutions, researchers and private-sector companies can administer the funds allocated through the Healthy Seniors Pilot Project.

Is there a preference for a particular type of organization to lead the project? For example, is it preferred that a university lead the project?

No, there is no preference for who leads the proposed project.  It is up to the collaborating organizations to determine which organization is best suited to lead the proposed project in term of their capacity to undertake required governance and financial administration and management of the proposed project.

How do I submit my application?

Applicants must follow the Submissions Guidelines found on the Healthy Seniors Pilot Project website when submitting their application.

To follow are the following steps to follow for proposal submission:  

  1. Registration:   All applicants are required to register in advance in order to submit a project proposal.  Registrations must be received a minimum of four weeks before the deadline (by March 29th, 2019). To register click on the “register” button on the healthy Seniors Pilot Project website and complete the attached form.  You will receive notification of registration.
  2. Submitting your application:  Applications can be submitted by either method listed below by April 30th, 2019:
    1. By up-loading your Funding Request Form to the healthy Seniors Pilot Project Workspace folder.  When registering to apply you will be asked to identify your preference for this method of submission, and as part of the registration process you will be enabled to do so.  Or;
    2. By sending your completed Funding Request Form by e-mail to:
How do I know if my application has been received?

Applicants must follow the Submissions Guidelines found on the Healthy Seniors Pilot Project website when submitting their application.  You will receive an emailed automatic reply after you have submitted your application confirming receipt of your application package.  Projects will be reviewed to ensure they are complete as per the funding request requirements outlined in the Call for Projects Funding Request Form.  Projects that are complete will receive notification within 5 business days stating they have been moved to the screening phase.

Will my application be considered if I submit supporting documents and other portions of my funding application after the deadline?

At the deadline, all funding projects will be reviewed to ensure they are complete.  Eligible projects that are complete and received by the deadline will receive notification stating they have been moved to the screening phase. If a funding request is incomplete, applicants will be notified in writing that they will have until the deadline or up to a maximum of five (5) business days past the submission deadline to make and submit the necessary corrections. Thereafter, if the application is still not complete, the funding request will not be considered any further until the next submission round, at which time the applicant will need to resubmit and have improved the proposal to meet submission criteria.

Is there a specific format I should use when submitting my resume?

There is no specific format requested or prescribed for the submission of the curricula vitae of applicants and co-applicants.

Can applicants submit supporting documents?

Your completed Funding Request Form should stand alone -  it should contain all the information required to support your research plan and should contain a complete description of your project.  It must include all crucial information (including tables, charts and figures) that a reviewer will need to read in order to assess your application.

You may attach other relevant materials with your application package if necessary.  These would include:

  • Questionnaires, surveys and consent forms, if applicable.
  • Supplementary tables, charts, figures and photographs.
  • Any other documentation that is relevant to the project funding request.

Reviewers are not required to read any attached materials in excess of the maximum number of pages allotted per funding request and as specified in the Funding Request Form and Guidelines.

What if I have questions about the Healthy Seniors Pilot Project?

Questions about the Healthy Seniors Pilot Project can be submitted through the email -