2019-2020 Knowledge Mobilization Grants - uOttawa research centres and institutes

The purpose of the Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) Grants is to support our research centres and institutes, that receive annual operating funds from the Office of the Vice-President, Research, in implementing one or more knowledge mobilization activities in order to encourage collaboration and the dissemination of research results both within and beyond the academic community.

Priority for these grants will be given to applications for KMb activities that:

  1. Promote and facilitate interactions and exchanges with various stakeholders (decision-makers, policy-makers, practitioners, community members, patients, etc.);
  2. Allow for the development of meaningful relationships and network-building that could potentially lead to new initiatives;
  3. Engage students and community members in a meaningful way; and
  4. Support capacity-building (e.g. training initiatives).

The maximum amount awarded will be limited to $7000 per centre or institute. The grant must be spent within a year. Since KMb grants are funded through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s (SSHRC) Exchange grant, the subject matter of the activity must be consistent with the SSHRC’s mandate and must engage one or more researchers from SSHRC research areas. Up to five grants will be awarded; allocation will be based on the quality of the applications and alignment with the evaluation criteria.

The submission deadline is January 30, 2020. Please submit the application, in a single PDF file, to innovation@uottawa.ca. Note that the applications should be submitted by, or on behalf of, the director of the centre or institute.

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The KMb Grant is open to all recognized uOttawa research centres and institutes. For the application to be eligible, the research centre or institute must:

  • Have submitted a 2018-2019 annual report to the Office of the Vice-President, Research; and
  • Have one or more members with expertise in SSHRC-related research areas.
Application requirements

The application for the KMb Grant must include:

  • Director’s name, name of the centre/institute, and a list of current members with expertise in social sciences and humanities research. The list should include the members’ faculty affiliations.
  • Proposal (up to two pages):
    • Brief description of the proposed KMb activities, including:
      • Title(s)
      • Budget and budget justification (including other sources of funding, if applicable).
      • Anticipated results of the proposed KMb activities
      • Timeline
      • Key messages
      • Target audiences
      • Objectives
    • Budget and budget justification (including other sources of funding, if applicable).
  • A Request for Funds form (RE form), completed and signed by all parties. This form confirms the centre or institute’s representative and the Faculty’s approval of the proposal.

Proposals must be formatted in accordance with the granting council’s generally accepted standards (i.e., Times New Roman regular 12-point, single-spaced or any comparable font).

Eligible and non-eligible expenses

The maximum KMb Grant awarded to a centre or institute will be $7,000 over a one-year period. The budget section of the application should describe the budget for the entire funding period. Allowable expenses are listed below and must comply with SSHRC research expense eligibility guidelines.

Examples of eligible expenses: Examples of non-eligible expenses:
  • Staff or student salary
  • Honoraria for guest speakers
  • Materials and supplies
  • Travel for presenters/teleconferencing fees
  • Room and audio-visual equipment rentals
  • Expenses related to meetings or workshops
  • Promotion or publication fees
  • Travel for 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
  • Cost of alcohol, entertainment, or gifts


Adjudication and evaluation criteria

A multidisciplinary committee appointed by the Vice-President, Research or delegate will adjudicate the applications.

Applications will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Soundness of the planning, organization, and appropriateness of the knowledge mobilization activities
  • Adequacy and value of the planned deliverables and dissemination vehicles
  • Engagement of knowledge users
  • Provisions for the involvement of students from the University of Ottawa
  • Potential impact of the planned knowledge mobilization activities on policies, programs, practices or behaviours
  • Appropriateness, comprehensiveness, and clarity of the budget justification
  • Ability to disseminate the research in a way that it is understandable for the general public and knowledge users.
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