COVID-19 is caused by a new coronavirus that quickly spread across the globe. The global research community responded quickly, with the Canadian Government  making an initial investment of 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

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

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


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. 

See COVID-19 Resources

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 and the Nova Scotia Therapeutics and Prophylactics Advisory Group. These summaries give a snapshot of evidence available at the time, and are typically updated on a monthly basis. Given the rapid pace of COVID-19 research, it is possible that some of the information is now out of date.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

SPOR Evidence Alliance

Staying current with rapidly changing evidence, often coming from many different sources, is a constant challenge. We are collaborating closely with the SPOR Evidence Alliance to meet the information needs of policy- and decision-makers. Below is a selection of evidence syntheses lead by Dr. Janet Curran, MSSU Science Lead for Knowledge Translation. Visit the SPOR Evidence Alliance website for a more complete list of their knowledge synthesis work to support decision-makers during COVID-19.