Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) Excellence Award 2019-2020

The Knowledge Mobilization Excellence Award (KMbE Award) is designed to recognize (up to two) researchers that have each conducted a successful and innovative project in promoting and facilitating the use of research outside academia. This award will contribute to the promotion and recognition of KMb excellence at uOttawa, while providing financial support for continued KMb efforts. 

The Knowledge Mobilization Excellence Award is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s Exchange Grant. The total amount awarded is limited to $7,000 per researcher. The funds must be used within one year to extend the knowledge mobilization activity being recognized, or to support new knowledge mobilization activities.

There is one competition per year for the Knowledge Mobilization Excellence Award. The deadline is now Friday, February 28, 2020 before 4 p.m. Please submit the application (in a single file) to: info-sgr-rms@uottawa.ca .

 

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 generated socially relevant impacts;
  • Be ongoing or ended less than two years from the time of the application;
     

Selection priorities

 
Mid-Career or Established Researchers:

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

  • Evidence of innovative methods of dissemination outside academia, knowledge user 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 from KMb activities or elaboration of KMb best practices.

 

Early Career Researchers:

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

  • Evidence of innovative methods of dissemination outside academia, knowledge user 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 from KMb activities or elaboration of KMb best practices.
Application Deadlines, Requirements and Review Process

Application Deadlines

There is one competition per year for the Knowledge Mobilization Excellence Award. The deadline is now Friday, February 28, 2020.

RMS must receive applications by 4 p.m. on the deadline date.

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

 

Application Requirements

  1. The application must describe an exemplary research project that was successful and innovative in promoting and facilitating the use of research outside academia (three pages maximum):

Research project:

  • A summary of the research project and the most important results.

Knowledge Mobilization Activities:

  • Summary of the knowledge mobilization approach developed and implemented throughout the research project;
  • Detailed description of up to three of the most important knowledge mobilization activities within the research project:
    • Describe the target audiences of the KMb activities;
    • Describe how knowledge users were engaged in the development and implementation of the KMb activities;
    • Provide evidence or examples of the impact of the KMb activities beyond academia; and
    • Describe lessons learned or KMb best practices.

Team Expertise:

  • A summary of the applicant’s or team’s expertise and their roles throughout the research project; and
  • A description of the roles and overall contribution of the applicant and team members to the knowledge mobilization activities (the role of students in KMb must be addressed).

2. 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.

3. Proposal for new KMb activities and budget justification (one page maximum - see below for examples of eligible and non-eligible expenses).

4. Request for Funds Form (RE form), completed and signed. This form confirms the researcher’s and the Faculty’s approval of the proposal.

Proposals must be formatted in accordance with generally accepted standards at the granting councils (Times New Roman regular 12 pts, single-spaced or any comparable font).

 

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 and Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be evaluated by a multidisciplinary Selection Committee appointed by the Vice-President, Research or his delegate, according to the following 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, importance and clarity of the application (20%): Relevance and importance of the research project and knowledge mobilization activities; application is well written and clear.
  • 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.;
    • Evidence of influence and impact on practices, behaviours or broader societal outcomes (policies, programs, etc.); and
    • Level of student involvement and training related to knowledge mobilization activities.
  • Originality of KMb practices and lessons learned (10%):
    • Evidence of use of appropriate, original or innovative KMb activities to reach or engage with the targeted audiences; and
    • Evidence of lessons learned or development of KMb 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 competition.

Recipients must be available for a Knowledge Mobilization event (date to be confirmed) and a showcase video recording.

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

Winners of the KMb Excellence Award
Winners of the 2018-2019 Kmb excellence award

From left to right: Jacques FrémontManisha KulkarniBénédicte FontaineStéphanie GaudetSylvain Charbonneau

The winners of the 2018-2019 KMb Excellence Award are:

  • Manisha Kulkarni - Faculty of Medicine
  • Stéphanie Gaudet - Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Bénédicte Fontaine - Faculty of Health Sciences

 

Find out more about the winners of the 2018-2019 KMb Excellence Award

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