Social Enterprise Action Research Challenge - SEARCH

This program is now closed.



The Province of Nova Scotia, the Social Enterprise Network of Nova Scotia (SENNS) and other key stakeholders are working to promote a healthy sector that facilitates the establishment and growth of social enterprises. Stakeholders seek to enhance Nova Scotian’s awareness of the economic, environmental, cultural and social impacts of social enterprises.


SEARCH is an innovative, highly-practical approach to building capacity in Nova Scotia social enterprises. The premise is simple: work with the Province of Nova Scotia and the Social Enterprise Network of Nova Scotia to identify priority research issues. Then, over the summer of 2020, pair promising undergraduate and graduate researchers from CLARI institutions with these organizations working to tackle priority issues using participatory, action research methods in the lead up to the Social Enterprise World Forum 2020 in Halifax.

To achieve this, government will provide short-term research funding through CLARI and its member institutions.


About the Program

The SEARCH challenge will see seven research projects paired with student researchers from each CLARI institution. Each student researcher associated with a project will be paid a stipend of $6,000. The successful proposals will be chosen by the SEARCH Committee.


Applications will be accepted until January 31st, 2020. All project activities eligible for funding must completed by August 30, 2020.


Eligible Applicants

Project funding is available to current, returning students paired with:

• A faculty advisor prepared to supervise the student on their project, and

• A community group (must be legally registered in Nova Scotia)

• Partnerships, or joint applications between student, faculty and community group are encouraged but not required. CLARI may facilitate connections between applicants. 
• However, all approved SEARCH projects must include all three partners.


Eligible Projects

To be considered, projects must meet the following minimum eligibility criteria:


• There is a reasonable expectation that the project can be completed by August 30, 2020.

• The community partner is a registered community group in Nova Scotia.

• The topic is of interest to the social enterprise community in Nova Scotia (Social Enterprise Network of Nova Scotia)



Approved participants will be asked to submit quarterly progress reports, including updates on outcomes, and a final report upon project completion.


How to Apply

Students and community groups can apply for the project funding through the application found here (student application) and here (community application).