Nova Scotia Research and Innovation Trust (NSRIT) is a professional, non-profit organization, based in the Life Sciences Research Institute-Innovacorp Enterprise Centre, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
NSRIT was established in 2001 by the Province of Nova Scotia to support research infrastructure projects awarded under the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). The Trust acts as an arm’s-length entity to coordinate research funding and provide leadership within the post-secondary education research community. Since 2008-09, NSRIT has undertaken an expanded mandate for supporting research in the province.
The Province of Nova Scotia provides the funding for the Trust, while the management and governance is the responsibility of the Trustee. Three directors oversee the strategic direction and investment of the Trustee, and the Executive Director manages the operations and implements the growing mandate of NSRIT.
NSRIT is supported by the Beneficiaries Committee, which adjudicates eligible research projects. It is comprised of Presidents and CEOs of beneficiary research institutions, as well as ex-officio government and private sector representatives, and provides advice to the Trustee on such matters as the Trustee may request, including recommendation in respect of any application.