Knowledge Mobilization Program

Overview

The Knowledge Mobilization Program provides funding to support faculty researchers in a wide range of knowledge mobilization activities. Knowledge mobilization at uOttawa is defined as

promoting and facilitating the use of research among knowledge users (stakeholders, decision makers, policy makers, practitioners, community members, patients, etc.) to help them make informed decisions about policies, programs, practices and behaviours.  It encompasses a wide range of activities relating to the production and use of knowledge generated from research such as knowledge synthesis, dissemination, and co-creation by researchers and knowledge users (known as integrated KMb). https://research.uottawa.ca/resources/knowledge-mobilization

Objective

The objective of this competition is to provide funding for developing or conducting a knowledge mobilization initiative that cannot be accomplished with funding currently available to the applicant or through other research funding opportunities available through the Faculty of Social Sciences or the University of Ottawa. Specific objectives include:

  • Support professors in sharing and increasing use of research findings among a range of potential non-academic knowledge users.
  • Enhance the visibility of the research activities of the Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Facilitate communication with potential research partners

Applicants must clearly demonstrate the knowledge users involved in the proposed initiative, and the expected outcomes.

About the Program

  • A maximum amount of $15,000 is reserved for this competition.
  • Individual funding requests may not exceed $5,000.
  • The duration of the grants is 12 months.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant holds a full-time tenured or a tenure track position at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa.
  • The applicant has not held funding from this competition in the previous 2 years.
  • The applicant is in good standing with respect to their prior financial management of research funds with the Office of the Vice-Dean, Research.

Application Deadline

Exceptionally in 2020: May 15th

Application Requirements

  • Research proposal consisting of:
    • Objectives, context of the knowledge mobilization initiative (approx. 1 page)
    • Description of non-academic knowledge users and the knowledge mobilization activity (approx. 1 -2 pages)
    • Description of expected outcomes of the initiative (approx. 1/2 page)
    • Description of relevant expertise of principal investigator and other team members (if applicable) (approx. 1/2 page)
    • Budget justification (approx. 1 page)
    • Timeline for execution of proposed project (approx. 1/2 page)
  • CV of the principal applicant

Proposals will be reviewed by the Faculty’s Research Committee.

Budget Justification and Eligible Expenses

  • The total amount requested cannot exceed $5,000.
  • All budget items must be justified in terms of their need for the success of the project objectives. Where applicable, the justification must demonstrate the need for funds relative to other funding available to the applicant.

Examples of non-eligible expenses

  • Professional fees for the applicant
  • Administrative fees/standard monthly connection or rental costs of telephones/ connection or installation of lines/voice mail
  • Passport and/or immigration fees
  • Costs associated to education: thesis preparation, tuition and courses fees, thesis examination/defence fees
  • Cell phones and/or personal digital assistant devices
  • Library acquisition, computer and other services already provided by the University
  • Cost of alcohol, entertainment, or gifts

 

Evaluation Criteria

Criteria

Including, without limitation

Merit of the proposal

  • Originality and innovation
  • Clear identification of knowledge users
  • Clarity and scope of objectives
  • Clear description and effectiveness of knowledge mobilization activities
  • Feasibility of described activities

Record of research achievement

  • Quality and significance of past contributions
  • Level of research activity relative to the stage of the applicant's career

Need for funds

  • Justification of the budget relative to the requirements of the proposed project
  • Need for funds and justification of the request relative to other currently-held and/or available funding. (Other currently-held funds must be clearly stated in the CV)

Outputs and Impact

  • Potential for impact from the knowledge mobilization activity

Reporting Requirements

Awardees are requested to submit a final report to the Office of the Vice-Dean, Research (1 to 2 pages). The report should describe progress in light of the project’s objectives.

Other Requirements

Once an award has been granted, any and all certification requirements (ethics of research with human subjects and/or stem cells, animal care, radiation safety, etc.) must be met before funds can be released.

Any funds remaining at the end of the project are to be reverted to the Faculty. However, the Faculty is prepared to consider requests for a single extension of six months, with no additional funds, on submission and acceptance of an appropriate justification of the need for the extension in terms of the original project’s objectives. If the extension is granted, any unexpended funds at the end of the extension period will be returned to the Faculty.

Proposal Submission

One PDF document including all elements of the proposal is sent by e-mail to rechfss@uOttawa.ca. If the deadline falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline will be extended to the next working day. Incomplete and late applications will not be retained.

For more information, please contact Sophie LeTouzé.

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