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1. BRIC NS Student Award
2. Project Incubator
3. Primary Healthcare Research Day
4. Knowledge Translation Community of Practice
BRIC NS Student Award

BRIC NS is pleased to announce that we have partnered with the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation to offer the BRIC NS Student Research Award as a supplementary award to the Scotia Scholars Award.  Two awards of $1500 will be given annually to Master's/PhD students working in primary and integrated health care research in an area related to the mandate of BRIC NS. 

Applicants must:
  • meet all the requirements of the Scotia Scholars Award (Master's or PhD level)
  • be engaged in primary and integrated health care research related to patients with complex needs over the life course
  • submit a one page description of the proposed research and how it aligns with the BRIC NS mandate and research priorities.  Must also include a knowledge translation plan.
Deadline: March 30 at 2pm AST
Project Incubator
We are holding a Project Incubator with a focus on project development, particularly for projects that will be submitted to one of the upcoming SPOR PIHCI Network funding opportunities.

Please mark your calendars:
Monday, March 27, 8:30 am -12:30 pm
North Magazine, Halifax Citadel
Breakfast and light refreshments will be provided.  If you are attending as a citizen representative, you are invited to arrive at 8:00 am for a brief orientation.
We will break into groups based on three key priority areas:
1. Meeting mental health care needs in the community through primary healthcare
2. Chronic disease management (potentially two streams)
    -Coordination through a central location (such as a wellness centre)
3.  Community focused care for seniors and those approaching the end of life
To move ideas into action, there are several outcomes for the meeting, including:
  • The development of core project teams and ownership for projects
  • Fine tuning of research questions
  • The outline of plans and next steps
  • Identify who else will need to join the team (e.g. knowledge users, patients, clinicians, policy makers, other research expertise, etc.)
We are also holding time for an overview of existing research projects. If you have a project you would like to present briefly please let us know.  These will be projects that are looking for new team members, ways to spread the research, and/or move on to the next phase of development.
If you would like to attend please email by March 22 identifying which of the three areas above you are interested in.
Primary Healthcare Research Day

Primary Healthcare Research Day, now in its fourth year, is an opportunity for learners, decision-makers, citizens, and researchers from a variety of disciplines to come together and celebrate primary healthcare research happening across the province.  Research Day is presented by Collaborative Research in Primary Health Care (CoR-PHC).  The day is focused on the role that research has in improving primary healthcare service and delivery.  Dr. Jeannie Haggerty will be this year's keynote speaker.

Registration is open and abstracts are being accepted.  Students, researchers, clinicians and the primary healthcare community are invited to submit abstracts for posters and short oral presentations.  BRIC NS is excited to sponsor an award for best student poster.  Please bring this opportunity to the attention of your students.

More information and the registration form are available here.
Knowledge Translation Community of Practice
Anyone interested in building a Knowledge Translation Community of Practice is invited to complete the following needs assessment survey:

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