COVID-19 is caused by a new coronavirus that is spreading across the globe, with outbreaks in more than 190 countries including Canada. The global research community has responded quickly, with the Canadian Government alone already contributing more than $50 million dollars (CAD) to COVID-19 research, including several grants made to Maritime researchers. 

At the MSSU, we are working with our partners across the provincial health systems to prioritize support for Maritime researchers studying COVID-19, the pandemic response, and its impact on communities. 

Research Consultations

Researchers are working quickly and under unprecedented pressures. The MSSU is here to help. If you’re doing COVID-19 research in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, or Prince Edward Island, we offer free research consultations. 

Our staff have expertise in:

  • Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods
  • Project Management
  • Evidence Synthesis
  • Knowledge Translation and Communications
  • Patient and Public Engagement 
  • Privacy and Ethics
  • Administrative Health Data Access and Services

Submit a research request online or email us to discuss your research support needs.

Learn more about the ways we can support COVID-19 research

Creating Connections

Our work is collaborative by design, and we can help researchers connect with each other, health administrators, and policy-makers who are working in related areas. Similarly, we can supports decision-makers who are looking for researchers to help with projects addressing specific evidence needs. 

By maintaining a list of active COVID-19 research projects in NB and PEI as well as collaborating with Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA), we are able to facilitate collaborations, help share findings, and reduce the chance of duplicating efforts in this rapidly evolving field of work.

If you’re doing COVID-19 research, contact us at to explore how we can help. 


The rapid response to the COVID-19 pandemic means that the available information is constantly changing, as we learn more about this new disease, the efficacy of various responses, and the impact on our communities. 

To help our community cope with the unprecedented volume of information, we will have created a collection of COVID-19 resources, and will share information on the MSSU Twitter account. 

See COVID-19 Resources

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Need help making sense of available research? If you’re a Maritime-based researcher, you can request a research consultation with our Evidence Synthesis Coordinator.


COVID-19 Background Summaries

A series of background summaries on potential treatments for COVID-19 were created for the CO-VIC study. These summaries give a snapshot of evidence available at the time. Given the rapid pace of COVID-19 research, it is possible that some of the information is now out of date. If you’re interested in up-to-date information on any of these topics, please reach out to our Evidence Synthesis Coordinator, Leah Boulos at