BRIC NS—an acronym for Building Research for Integrated Primary Healthcare in Nova Scotia—is a research network that seeks to improve primary health care and integrated services for people with—or at risk of developing—complex health care needs. It is part of a Canada-wide “network of networks” that shares the same overarching goal.


  • building capacity in Nova Scotia for the conduct and application of patient-oriented research
  • mobilizing research efforts and encouraging investigators to apply for funding available to network members
  • creating partnerships within and across various sectors of the health care system—including public health and primary health care, as well as secondary, tertiary, home and long-term care
  • looking outside the health sector to forge new connections with such important services as education, housing and social services
  • developing connections with counterpart networks in other provinces
  • leading the way to more comprehensive approaches to improving individual and population health, health equity and health system outcomes.

BRIC NS was funded in 2015 and is run from offices in Dalhousie University’s Department of Family Medicine at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, NS.