Knowledge Mobilization Grants 2020-2021 - uOttawa research centres and institutes

Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) Grants are designed to support our research centres and institutes1 in implementing knowledge mobilization activities, to encourage collaboration and dissemination of research results within and beyond the academic community.

We recognize that achieving a more equitable, diverse and inclusive Canadian research enterprise is essential to creating the excellent, innovative and high impact research needed to seize opportunities and meet global challenges. Therefore, we will give special consideration to projects that involve knowledge users from underrepresented or disadvantaged groups.

We will give priority to applications for KMb activities that:

  • Promote and facilitate exchanges with various stakeholders (decision makers, policy makers, practitioners, community members, patients, etc.)
  • Help develop meaningful relationships and network building that can lead to new initiatives
  • Engage students and community members in a meaningful way
  • Support KMb capacity building (e.g., training initiatives)

The maximum amount awarded will be $7,000 per centre or institute. Grants must be used within a year. Since grants are funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s Exchange program, the activity must be consistent with SSHRC’s mandate and involve one or more researchers from SSHRC research areas. Up to five grants will be awarded, based on the quality of applications and alignment with evaluation criteria.

The submission deadline is March 24, 2021. Email your application in a single PDF file to Note that applications should be submitted by or on behalf of the centre or institute director.

For questions concerning this program, please contact:

[1] Research centres and institutes that receive annual operating funds from the Office of the Vice-President Research Office.


KMb grants are open to all recognized uOttawa research centres and institutes. To be eligible, the research centre or institute must:

  • Have submitted its 2019–2020 annual report to the Office of the Vice President, Research
  • Have one or more members with expertise in SSHRC-related research areas
Application requirements

Applications for KMb grants must include the following:

  • Completed application form (PDF, 230.25 KB)
  • Proposal (up to two pages):
    • Brief description of the proposed KMb activities including:
      • Objectives
      • Target audiences
      • Relevance and appropriateness of knowledge mobilization activities for target audiences
      • Anticipated results of the proposed KMb activities
      • Timeline
      • Evaluation plan with indicators to measure reach and outcomes of the proposed KMb activities
      • Roles and overall contribution of the applicants, knowledge users, other team members and students in the knowledge mobilization process
      • 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 as well as faculty approval of the proposal.

The proposal format must meet generally accepted granting council standards (Times New Roman regular 12 pts, single-spaced, or a comparable font).

Eligible and non-eligible expenses

The maximum KMb grant awarded to a centre or institute is $7,000 for one year. The budget section of the application should present the budget for the entire funding period. Eligible expenses must comply with SSHRC research expenses eligibility guidelines. Here are some expense examples:

Examples of eligible expenses Examples of non-eligible expenses
  • Staff or student salaries
  • Honoraria for guest speakers
  • Materials and supplies
  • Presenters’ travel or teleconferencing fees
  • Room and audio-visual equipment rental
  • Expenses related to meetings or workshops
  • Promotion or publication fees
  • Travel for networking or knowledge exchange meetings with users
  • Other direct costs
  • Professional or consulting fees for the grant recipient or other team members
  • Cellphones or similar devices
  • Alcohol, entertainment or gifts


Adjudication and evaluation criteria

Applications will be adjudicated by a multidisciplinary committee appointed by the Vice-President, Research or his delegate.

Applications will be assessed according to the following criteria:

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