Open Call Program

Next Open Call Proposal Deadline:  Monday, July 16, 2018 – 4:00 pm AST

For questions related to tidal project submissions, please contact Jennifer Pinks and for Geoscience related project submissions, please contact Russell Dmytriw.

Program guideline:

  • Program rationale is to capture modestly budgeted research projects that fall outside OERA’s standard competitive research calls/ RFP processes.
  • Proposals accepted two times per year, specifically the 15th of January and 15th of July each year.  Proposals not received by these specified due dates will be carried forward to the next intake.
  • Proposed research must fall within one of marine geosciences, marine renewables (tidal), or seismic/marine sound.
  • Key program driver is to build research capacity in Nova Scotia.  Applications that include skills development of students or recent graduates are more favourably reviewed.
  • Proposals are vetted by a team of external peer reviewers with funding recommendations made to the OERA Board of Directors. Recommendations must be approved by the OERA Board.


  • Proposed work supports and/or advances an OERA research priority area. *Prospective applicants should check the priority research areas as per this link for updates or specialized interest areas prior to starting their application.
  • Proposal budget request to OERA is a maximum of $20,000 CAD per project (inclusive of academic institutional overhead).
  • Project leveraging (cash and/or in kind) and collaborative initiatives, strongly encouraged.
  • Minimum 50% of proposed budget to be expended in Nova Scotia.
  • Project duration to be approximately (+/-) one year.

Eligible Budget Items:

  • Student (undergrad, Masters, PhD) or recent graduate stipends.
  • Other salaried personnel to a maximum 50%
  • Modest equipment, software, materials & supplies costs.
  • Modest travel costs for field work only.
  • Other items will be considered with proper justification.

*Please note, conference fees, workshops, administrative software, office equipment or faculty honoraria are not eligible costs under this program.

OERA will notify all applicants of the outcome of their proposal within 90 days of the closing date.

If you would like to submit a proposal, please visit our ‘how to apply’ page.  Submissions can be uploaded HERE using the OERA proposal form.