Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) Excellence Award 2018-2019 (closed)

The Knowledge Mobilization Excellence Award (KMbE Award) is designed to recognize researcher’s excellence in knowledge mobilization. Researchers whose research project was successful and innovative in promoting and facilitating the use of research outside academia are invited to apply. This award will contribute to the promotion and recognition of KMb excellence at uOttawa, while offering financial support for continued KMb efforts. 

The Knowledge Mobilization Excellence Award funds must be used within one year to extend the knowledge mobilization activity being recognized, or to support any other knowledge mobilization activities.

This award is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s Exchange Grant. The total amount available for this award is $14,000, enough to fund a maximum of 2 awards of $7,000 each.

Eligibility

Eligibility criteria

The KMbE award is open to researchers of all disciplines. For the application to be eligible, the applicant must:

  • Hold a full-time tenure or a tenure track position at the University of Ottawa;
  • Be the principal investigator of the nominated research project; and
     

The nominated research project must:

  • Have a social sciences and humanities component;
  • Be ongoing or ended less than two years from the time of the application;
     

Selection priorities

 
Outstanding National or International Knowledge Mobilization:

This category recognizes mid-career or established researchers (who have held a full time, independent research appointment, for over 5 years) who have shown: 

  • Evidence of innovative methods of dissemination outside academia, knowledge users engagement or public outreach either at the national or international level;
  • Evidence of research excellence and impact on policies, programs, practices or behaviors at the national or international level; and
  • Evidence of lessons learned and best practices used regarding KMb practices.

 

Outstanding Early Career Knowledge Mobilization:

This category recognizes researchers at the beginning of their academic careers (who have held a full time, independent research appointment, for a period of 5 years or less) who have shown: 

  • Evidence of innovative methods of dissemination outside academia, knowledge users engagement or public outreach either at the local, national or international level;
  • Evidence of research excellence and impact on policies, programs, practices or behaviors at the local, national or international level; and
  • Evidence of lessons learned and best practices used regarding KMb practices.
     
Application Deadlines, Requirements and Review Process

Application Deadlines

There is one competition per year for the Knowledge Mobilization Excellence Award. The deadline is: February 28th, 2019.

RMS must receive applications by 4 pm on the deadline date. If the deadline falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline will be extended to 4 pm on the next working day following the weekend or holiday.

Applications must be submitted electronically, in a single PDF file, to Research Management Services info-sgr- rms@uottawa.ca

 

Application Requirements

  1. Letter of presentation of two pages maximum that includes:
    • A summary of the applicant’s or team’s expertise;
    • A summary of the research project considered for the KMbE Award;
    • A summary of the knowledge mobilization initiative;
    • A brief demonstration of the impact of the research project and knowledge mobilization initiative; and
    • A brief description of the roles and overall contribution of the applicant and team members to the knowledge mobilization activities (the role of students and knowledge users in KMb must be addressed).

  2. Description of up to three of the most important knowledge mobilization activities (two pages maximum):
    • Describe the target audience of the KMb activities;
    • Describe how knowledge users and students were engaged in the development and implementation of the KMb activities;
    • Provide evidence or examples of the impact of the initiative beyond the academia; and
    • Describe lessons learned and best practices used regarding KMb practices.

  3. Two letters of support from stakeholders, knowledge users, participants, collaborators or partners.
    • Letters of support must:
      • Be dated and signed;
      • Show an official letterhead;
      • Be a maximum of two pages;
      • Include the writer's position, affiliation, email address and telephone number;
      • Include the applicant’s name and the period of time and capacity in which the writer has known the applicant; and
      • Offer an overall assessment of the knowledge mobilization activities to which they participated in and provide examples of impact these activities had on their organization, services, clients, etc.
    • Letters of support must be included in the application in PDF format.

  4. Budget justification for extended knowledge mobilization activities (1 page maximum).

 

Note:

  • Each application must be accompanied by a Request for Funds Form (RE form), completed and signed by all parties. This form confirms the researcher’s and the Faculty’s approval of the proposal.
  • Application packages must not exceed 9 pages including the letter of presentation, the most important KMb initiatives, budget justification and the letters of support. The 9 pages exclude the RE Form. Any additional pages will be removed.

 

Budget justification, eligible and non-eligible expenses

The maximum award for the KMbE Award is $7,000 over the period of one year. KMbE Award funds must be used to extend the knowledge mobilization activities being recognized, or to support other research-related activities.

 

Example of Eligible Expenses: Examples of Non-eligible Expenses:
  • Research staff, students;
  • Honoraria for guest speakers;
  • Materials and supplies for research;
  • Travel/Teleconferencing fees
  • Room and audio-visual equipment rentals;
  • Expenses related to meeting or workshops
  • Promotion or publication fees
  • Travel to networking/knowledge exchange meetings with knowledge users.
  • Other direct costs 
  • Professional/consulting fees to the grantee and other team members
  • Cell phones, Blackberry devices, and/or personal digital assistant devices; and
  • Cost of alcohol, entertainment, or gifts.

 

Adjudication Process

The allocation of funds is decided through an evaluation by a Selection Committee appointed by the Vice-President, Research or his delegate.

Applications are adjudicated by a multidisciplinary committee and available funds are awarded, by competition, on the basis of the criteria set out below.

 

Evaluation Criteria

The evaluation for the KMbE Award is based on documentation available in the original application. Applications will be assessed according to the following selection criteria:

  • Relevance and importance of the knowledge mobilization initiative and its contribution to the promotion and facilitation of use of research results outside academia (20%).
  • Impact and Outcomes (70%):
    • Effectiveness of research knowledge dissemination/exchange beyond academia;
    • Evidence of knowledge mobilization contributions, such as commissioned reports, professional practice, public discourse, public policies, products and services, experience in collaboration, etc.;
    • Level of student implication and training related to knowledge mobilization activities; and
    • Evidence of influence and impact on practices, behaviors or broader societal outcomes (policies, programs, etc.).
  • Originality of KMb practices and lessons learned (10%):
    • Evidence of use of original and innovative KMb activities to reach targeted audiences; and
    • Evidence of lessons learned and development of best practices.

 

Proposal formats and Suggestions for the preparation of proposals

Format

Proposals must be formatted in accordance with generally accepted standards at the granting councils, as follows:

General Presentation

When you prepare your application, supporting materials and attachments, follow these guidelines:

  • Text must be single-spaced, with no more than six lines per inch. Text must be in black color; and
  • The accepted font is Times New Roman regular 12 pts, or any comparable font – nothing smaller.

 

Notes
  • All text, including references, must conform to these standards. Incomplete applications and/or applications that do not meet the presentation standards may be rejected or be at a disadvantage in comparison with those that are complete and respect the presentation standards.
  • Color images submitted in the application will not be duplicated in color for the peer reviewers.
  • Condensed font and applications completed strictly in italics, are not acceptable.
 
Suggestions
  • Be concise;
  • Avoid using acronyms and abbreviations or explain them fully; and
  • Write your application for an audience not expert in your discipline.
Other requirements

Any funds remaining at the end of the validity period indicated on the official Notification of Decision will be returned to the Opportunity.

Recipients must be available for a Knowledge Mobilization event and all candidates could be chosen to showcase their KMb example on the new uOttawa KMb Web page.

For more information please contact Research Management Services at info-sgr-rms@uottawa.ca.

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