Canadian Science Policy Fellowship / Bourse pour l’élaboration de politiques canadiennes

The call for applications opens February 17, 2016, and closes March 31, 2016 at 5 p.m. PDT.  Fellowships begin in September 2016 and last for 12 months.

L’appel de candidatures débute le 17 février 2016, et prend fin le 31 mars 2016 à 17 h (HAP).  Les stages, d’une durée de 12 mois, commenceront en septembre 2016.

MitacsAbout the fellowship

Mitacs is committed to fostering policy leadership among Canada’s researchers. We have worked closely with the academic research and policy communities to identify ways to integrate academic research and evidence-based policy-making at the federal level. Mitacs and its partners are pleased to introduce the result of this collaboration, the Canadian Science Policy Fellowship.  

The fellowship helps government develop policy with advice from respected professors and postdoctoral scholars and will strengthen ties between the public sector and academia. The first of its kind in Canada, the fellowship is offered in partnership with the University of Ottawa’s Institute for Science, Society and Policy (ISSP), Mitacs’ university partners, and the Government of Canada.

The inaugural cohort of 10–12 fellows will be matched with federal host departments or agencies in Ottawa, where they will contribute to policy design, implementation, and/or evaluation.  Matches will align each fellow’s background and expertise with the identified needs of the host department.

The fellowship aims to:

  • Form mutually beneficial and robust relationships between government decision-makers and academic researchers in support of pressing policy challenges in Canada
  • Enhance science communication, collaboration, and policy capacity within government departments and agencies
  • Develop a network of external expertise in Canadian science policy that complements existing capacity within the public service

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MitacsAu sujet de la bourse

Mitacs s’est engagé à favoriser un leadership en matière de politiques parmi les chercheurs canadiens. Nous avons travaillé en étroite collaboration avec les milieux des politiques et de la recherche universitaire pour trouver des façons d’intégrer au niveau fédéral l’élaboration de politiques reposant sur des données probantes et la recherche universitaire. Mitacs et ses partenaires ont le plaisir de lancer le fruit de cette collaboration, la Bourse pour l’élaboration de politiques canadiennes.

Cette bourse a pour but d’aider le gouvernement à élaborer des politiques en tirant profit des conseils de chercheurs postdoctoraux et de professeurs respectés, et renforcera les liens entre le secteur public et le milieu universitaire. Première initiative du genre au Canada, cette bourse est offerte en partenariat avec l’Institut de recherche sur la science, la société et la politique publique (ISSP) de l’Université d’Ottawa, des universités partenaires de Mitacs et le gouvernement du Canada.

Les 10 à 12 participants de la cohorte inaugurale seront jumelés à des organismes ou des ministères d’accueil du gouvernement fédéral à Ottawa où ils participeront à l’élaboration, à la mise en œuvre et/ou à l’évaluation de politiques.   Chaque participant sera jumelé en fonction de son expertise et de ses antécédents, ainsi que des besoins soulevés par le ministère d’accueil.

Le programme de bourses vise les objectifs suivants :

  • établir des relations solides et mutuellement avantageuses entre les décideurs du gouvernement et les chercheurs universitaires à l’appui des défis urgents que doit relever le Canada en lien avec les politiques;
  • améliorer la capacité des ministères et organismes du gouvernement en matière de communications, de collaboration et d’élaboration de politiques;
  • mettre sur pied un réseau d’experts externes en sciences politiques canadiennes pour renforcer la capacité actuelle de la fonction publique.

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York University’s Knowledge Mobilization Unit Celebrates 10 Years of Service

This week’s post, celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Knowledge Mobilization Unit at York University, first appeared in YFile on February 7, 2016 and is reposted here with permission.

KMb at York 10 year logoYork University’s Knowledge  Mobilization (KMb) Unit, a national leader with an international reputation for connecting research and researchers to maximize the impact of their findings on society, is celebrating 10 years of service.

Since it was founded in February 2006, the KMb Unit has created significant impacts by helping to secure more than $42.9 million in federal research funding and $1.14 million in funding from community partners. It has engaged 323 faculty members and 167 graduate students from across the University in KMb activities, it has hosted 636 information sessions and created 422 brokering opportunities.

“Throughout the years, York’s award-winning Knowledge Mobilization Unit has helped to strengthen the relationship between research, policy and practice on a global scale,” said Robert Haché, York’s vice-president research & innovation.

The KMb Unit has been sought out to provide input into organizations in the United States, the United Kingdom (UK), Australia, New Zealand, Columbia and Argentina.  “We are delighted to be celebrating 10 years of service and look forward to advancing social innovation through engaged scholarship,” said Haché.

The work of the KMb Unit assisted the Youth Emergency Shelter of Peterborough in creating a new life skills mentoring program. It has helped York research inform the cooling policies for the City of Toronto during extreme heat alerts. It has also helped develop the Toronto Weather Wise Committee and the United Way York Region create a new funding stream called Strength Investments that are helping to build civic muscle in York Region. Based on a connection made by the KMb Unit, York research helped the Regional Municipality of York expand their immigrant settlement services by investing over $20 million, creating 86 jobs and delivering more than 48,000 services over a five-year period.

York’s KMb Unit has enjoyed other successes. In 2012, York’s Knowledge Mobilization Unit received the Knowledge Economy Network Best Practice Award from the European-based Knowledge Economy Network (KEN). A year later, David Phipps, executive director, research and  innovation services, which includes York University’s KMb Unit, was named the most influential knowledge broker in Canada, according to a report by Knowledge Mobilization Works, a consulting and training company based in Ottawa. Currently, the KMb Unit is collaborating with colleagues from the UK on a project that will develop capacity for university-based knowledge mobilization professionals.

York University is also a founding member of ResearchImpact (RIR), a pan-Canadian network of 12 universities committed to maximizing the impact of academic research for the social, economic, environmental and health benefits of Canadians. RIR is committed to developing institutional capacities to support knowledge mobilization by developing and sharing knowledge mobilization best practices, services and tools.

Since 2012, the KMb Unit has partnered with NeuroDevNet, a Canadian Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE), which is dedicated to understanding brain development and to helping children and their families overcome the challenges of neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and cerebral palsy, to maximize the social and economic impacts of NeuroDevNet’s investments in research and training.

Founded in February 2006, the unit provides a suite of activities that enhances the two-way connection between researchers and research users. The KMb Unit employs knowledge brokers who connect research and people to maximize the social, economic and environmental impacts of research. It is dedicated to knowledge brokering and partnership support, training and capacity building, and supporting research grants and research event planning.

For more information, contact Michael Johnny, manager, knowledge mobilization, or visit or follow @researchimpact on Twitter.

The Who, What and How of Research Impact / L’impact de la recherche : le qui, le quoi et le comment

David Phipps has just returned from three weeks in the UK for his Fellowship funded by the Association of Commonwealth Universities. Working with his Fellowship partner, Julie Bayley (Coventry University), he became immersed in research impacts mediated through public engagement, commercialization, entrepreneurship, internationalization and knowledge exchange. This affords the opportunity for a trans-Atlantic comparison of the people who are creating and assessing the many impacts of research. You can help by participating in a survey to help us figure this out.

David Phipps rentre tout juste d’un voyage de trois semaines au Royaume-Uni, où il a avancé les travaux qu’il réalise à titre de boursier de l’Association of Commonwealth Universities. Avec sa partenaire de subvention, Julie Bayley (de la Coventry University), il s’est penché sur l’impact produit par l’engagement dans le domaine public, la commercialisation, l’entrepreneuriat, l’internationalisation et l’échange de connaissances.Cela ouvre la porte à une comparaison transatlantique des personnes qui créent et qui évaluent les multiples impacts de la recherche.Vous pouvez les aider à mettre de l’ordre dans tout cela en participant à un sondage.

Julie Bayley and David Phipps

Julie Bayley and David Phipps

If research impact were a coin it would have two sides: heads (research impact assessment) and tails (knowledge mobilization that creates impacts of research). My Canadian experience is almost wholly knowledge mobilization – the practices and tools that help to maximize the economic, social and environmental impacts of research. Driven by the REF (see below), Julie’s UK experience is almost wholly capturing the evidence of impact and connecting the steps in the narrative that describes the pathway(s) from research to impact beyond the academy.

But despite our different perspectives on impact we have a lot of common language that allows us to navigate to our collaboration which explores the skills and competencies of knowledge brokers. These similarities among differences is reminiscent of a previous post where I attended the International School of Research Impact Assessment.

The primary difference between the two approaches to research impact is the UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF). The REF allocated funding to universities based, in part, on their ability to articulate the impacts of their research beyond the academy. The evidence of impact, predicated on as established body of codified scholarship, was presented in a narrative case study that was then assessed by panels of academic and non-academic expertise. REF was a research impact assessment exercise affecting the entire post-secondary system in the UK. Administering the REF cost the UK £250 million although some estimates are up to four times that amount.

But here’s the thing….REF assessed impacts arising from pre-existing research. Outside of supports for commercialization and entrepreneurship there are few institutional and no system wide support networks for non-commercial impacts in the UK. This is in contrast to the Canadian experience where there is no system wide assessment of impacts beyond the academy but there are institutional efforts to help researchers and their partners create impacts exemplified by the 12 university members of ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche, Canada’s knowledge mobilization network.

Canada has developed the tools and processes to create impact (the “how” of impact). The UK has developed methods to assess and articulate impacts (the “what” of impact). My work with Julie began with these differences and progressed to focus on the “who” of impact: the public engagement officers, knowledge brokers and REF staff. We know how to support impact. We know how to assess impact. We know less about the people actually working across the spectrum from stakeholder engagement to partnership development to impact assessment.

You can help us out. If you are a working in a role that supports research impact, no matter how tangentially, then we welcome your participation in our survey. In about 20 minutes you can let us know your experiences practicing different skills and competencies in your job. You can take the survey at It will be live until January 31, 2016.

Recapping the Top Five Most Popular Posts of 2015 / Résumé des 5 billets les plus populaire de 2015

For this year’s annual recap of our most popular blog posts, we looked to our twitter feed @ResearchImpact. Here’s the list of the top 5 most popular blog posts according to our twitter followers:

#1 with 3478 Impressions, 85 Engagements, 9 Retweets and 10 Likes

Five Steps to Research Impact / Cinq étapes pour que la recherche ait un impact

Knowledge brokering, the formation and support of community campus collaborations, is a key knowledge mobilization method that helps to maximize the social and economic impacts of research. A recent article from York’s Knowledge Mobilization Unit breaks that method down into five steps.

Le courtage de connaissances, c’est-à-dire la formation et le renforcement de collaborations entre le campus et la collectivité, est une méthode de mobilisation des connaissances essentielle qui aide à maximiser l’impact social et économique de la recherche. Dans un article récent, l’Unité de mobilisation des connaissances de l’Université York décrit les cinq étapes de cette méthode.

#2 with 1260 Impressions, 18 Engagements, 4 Retweets and 6 Likes

Merry Mobilizing!

The annual holiday greeting from the KMb Unit at York. Thanks to Anneliese Poetz, Manager of the NeuroDevNet KT Core, for her mad Photoshop skills!

Merry Mobilizing 2015

#3 with 523 Impressions, 17 Engagements, 2 Retweets and 2 Likes

Impact is Measured by Talking to Partners Not Researchers / L’impact se mesure en parlant aux partenaires plutôt qu’aux chercheurs

Researchers either don’t know or overestimate the impact of their research beyond the academy. Here are some ways to foster closer connections between researchers and policy makers and identify stories where research had an impact beyond the academy.

Soit les chercheurs ne connaissent pas l’impact de leurs travaux à l’extérieur de l’université, soit ils le surestiment. Voici quelques clés pour favoriser les liens entre chercheurs et responsables des politiques, et pour reconnaitre les cas où la recherche a bel et bien eu un effet sur le monde extérieur.

CRFR#4 with 524 Impressions, 16 Engagements, 1 Retweet and 2 Likes

Partnerships for Impact: Making Research Partnerships Work

This guest post came from CRFR (Centre for Research on Families and Relationships) located in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Centre for Research on Families and Relationships in consultation with ResearchImpact in Canada and the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) have developed a Manifesto for Partnerships between Universities and Non-academics. In this post, Executive Director Sarah Morton explains what’s in the manifesto and how it can be used.

#twitter bird5 with 616 Impressions, 15 Engagements, 1 Retweet and 1 Likes

The Advantages of Live Tweeting a Research Talk

This guest post came from Dr. Allison McDonald, an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Science at Wilfrid Laurier University. This post outlines some of the opportunities Dr. McDonald experienced while live tweeting a research talk.

Merry Mobilizing!


Merry Mobilizing 2015

Merry Mobilizing from the Knowledge Mobilization Unit at York University!

From left to right:

Michael Johnny, Manager, Knowledge Mobilization

Anneliese Poetz, Manager, NeuroDevNet KT Core

David Phipps, Executive Director, Research & Innovation Services

Krista Jensen, Knowledge Mobilization Officer

Rebecca Giblon, Research Translation Assistant

Amber Vance, Research Translation Assistant

Meghan Terry, Design Communications Assistant

Stacie Ross, KT Assistant, NeuroDevNet KT Core

Call for Content: Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum #CKF16

Institute for Knowledge Mobilization logoOn behalf of the Board of the Institute for Knowledge Mobilization and the Chair and Planning Committee of the 2016 Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum #CKF16,  it is our pleasure to announce the Call for Content for #CKF16

The theme for this year is: Systems and Sustainability – Creating enduring Knowledge Mobilization

The deadline for contribution is March 31, 2016. 

Download Call for Content: FinalDraft_CKF16 Call for Content

Download this form to contribute content: CKF16 Call for Content Form


The Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum was created in 2012 as a professional development forum for practitioners, researchers, students and professionals working in knowledge mobilization across fields and sectors.

It has become recognized as a premiere learning and networking event in Canada – friendly, open, limited in size, and creative. Events have been held in Ottawa (2012), Mississauga (2013), Saskatoon (2014), and Montréal (2015) and is scheduled for June 28-29 in Toronto (2016)

The theme for 2016 is: Systems and Sustainability – Creating enduring Knowledge Mobilization

This theme will challenge us all to consider our interests in knowledge mobilization in the context of the world around us. Being the fifth annual Forum, we invite participation that will push thinking and engagement of the knowledge mobilization community further. The Forum will be hosted by York University at The Hospital for Sick Children’s Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning. This world class venue will facilitate active participation, networking, reflection and learning. Further, the planning committee is offering some additional alternative sessions, some of which will be held in other downtown locations to provide unique experiences for participants.

We are driven by an objective of allowing you to design your own conference experience that reflects your interests, experience, priorities and learning styles. Drawing on the assets of the Greater Toronto Area, leaders in knowledge mobilization from all across Canada and beyond, it is our hope you will come away from #CKF16 enriched, energized and engaged in this field like never before.

Our objectives are:

Build on the past successes of the Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum, making this a preeminent event to learn and engage about knowledge mobilization in Canada
Build individual and organization capacity for knowledge mobilization
Learn about work in other sectors to enable innovation, partnerships and collaboration
Engage with leaders to influence future directions
Meet the next generation of leaders and create opportunities to mentor and coach
Access the latest tools, techniques and opportunities.

The 2016 Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum is seeking contributions for content, which addresses the overall theme of Systems and Sustainability, and links to the subthemes of:

Subtheme 1 Structures – What (for example: KMb across sectors; funding KMb; role of brokers)
Subtheme 2 Processes – How (for example: KMb tool boxes; networks; communities of practice)
Subtheme 3 Technology – Technology and Tools (for example: KMb and social media; yaffle; web 3.0)

We are also introducing a something new, The Knowmo Scale. Here, we’re inviting presenters to consider their audience. Consider this our own unique variation of the Scoville Unit scale.

Is your presentation targeting early KMb professionals? If so, you would check off Knowmo 1.

Will you focus on more experienced practitioners in KMb? If so, you would check off Knowmo 2.

Does your presentation seek to engage KMb leaders in the field? If so, please check off Knowmo 3.
Knowmo 1 Early KMb Professionals / Students
Knowmo 2 KMb Practitioners / Researchers
Knowmo 3 KMb Ninjas! (leaders in the field; a more advanced conversation on KMb issues)

We are seeking the following:

1) Catalyst Presentations of 7 minutes each.

For each session, a small group of presenters will each engage the audience with a focused 7-minute presentation.  Feel free to be provocative or pose questions.  This will be followed by a 45-minute group discussion of the ideas presented, the connections that emerge, and implications for knowledge mobilization practice.  People can apply individually or identify other presentation proposals they would like to be considered grouped with.

The value of these sessions emerges from the EXCHANGE of all participants.  The presenters create a catalyst to conversation.  Each session will be moderated by a session Chair.

2) Poster Presentations

Recommended max poster size is 36”/92cm high by 60”/152 cm wide.  The posters will be juried by an expert panel of knowledge mobilization practitioners.  Posters will be profiled at a specific event and you will have two minutes to share ‘what you need to know’ about your poster with all participants.

There are 20 openings for poster presentations.

3) Professional Development Workshops or Information Presentations of 40 minutes each

Workshops are an opportunity to share methods and tools useful to the practice of knowledge mobilization professionals in an interactive and engaging format.  The aim is to help participants to improve their skills and understanding of KMb and to become better mobilizers.

Alternatively, people are welcome to submit presentations which are less interactive and more informative.

For both, participants are welcome to consider non-traditional approaches for this exchange process: Fireside Chat; Debate; Panel Presentations or others.

4) Film and Fine Arts Dissemination of Collaborative Research – Approx. 15-30 minutes

Collaborative teams are invited to share examples of knowledge products within Fine Arts (movies, documentary, music, dance, visual art, poetry etc.) for an evening performance (think TIFF, but for KMb).   3 teams will have 30 minutes to both preview and speak to their knowledge products, sharing what they did, why they chose that and the desired impact using that medium.

There are 3 openings for Fine Arts Dissemination of Collaborative Research.

All contributions will be reviewed by an independent selection committee and judged for quality of content, the opportunity to advance our understanding of knowledge mobilization, and relevance to the theme of the 2016 Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum.

The deadline for contribution is March 31, 2016. 

Please fill the Call for Content Form and send to:

Note: Selected content must be presented by a registered participant at the 2016 Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum in Toronto, Ontario, June 28-29, 2016.

Further details will be posted on the Institute for Knowledge Mobilization’s website:

Competencies and Skills for Knowledge Mobilization and Knowledge Exchange (Survey Request)

The following is a request for participation from David Phipps, RIR-York in his collaborative research project on priority competencies and skills for KMb and KE.

Two speech bubblesI am conducting a collaborative research project on priority competencies and skills for knowledge mobilization and knowledge exchange. My collaborators are Monica Batac (graduate student, Ryerson University), Julie Bayley (Coventry University) and Ed Stevens (University of Bath). Ryerson University’s Research Ethics Board has approved this study (PI: Monica Batac, supervised by Dr. Charles Davis).

I am looking for a diverse group of participants to complete the online survey on the practice of knowledge mobilization/exchange. Potential participants include knowledge mobilization researchers, knowledge brokers, intermediaries, and knowledge transfer/translation practitioners.

What you will be asked to do:

This study asks you to read and rate knowledge broker competencies based on how often you practice that skill. You will be asked to rate each of 80 competencies according to the following scale:

Crucial (practiced almost every day)
High alignment (practiced almost every week)
Medium alignment (practice monthly)
Low alignment (rarely practice)
Unrelated to my post (never practice)

The survey should take you about 30 minutes to complete.

The survey can be found at:

Your choice of whether or not to participate will not influence your future relationships
with me or any of the project collaborators and our affilitated universities.

Please feel free to forward this recruitment message to those who may like to

Campus to City: Colleges, Universities, and City Building – October 31, 2015

David Phipps, RIR-York, will be presenting at this upcoming event taking place across all three SFU campuses in Metro Vancouver. The full conference schedule and registration details are available here.

Campus to City banner

When: Saturday, October 31, 2015  9:00 am – 7:00 pm

Where: SFU Vancouver, SFU Surrey, SFU Burnaby

SFU Public Square, in partnership with RECODE, an initiative of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation is hosting a day-long, national conversation on the role of colleges and universities in city-building.

Designed by students from across Canada, this participatory, moving conference will bring together students, university faculty and staff, city building leaders and community partners to reimagine how colleges and universities can be a driving force in creating vibrant, livable, and sustainable cities.

With visits to SFU campuses in three Metro Vancouver cities and case studies from campuses across the country, participants will have the opportunity to discuss national perspectives against the backdrop of living examples of community collaboration and city-building.

Campus to City participants will explore the three key roles that campuses play as hubs of innovation, as landowner and developers and as community animators. Themes such as sustainability, design for inclusivity, social finance, and First Nations perspectives will be interwoven into the day during moving breakout sessions on tour buses. Participants will be challenged to bring back the ideas, the energy and the project possibilities back to innovate in their campus communities.

Whether you are a student, faculty or staff at a university, a community partner or a leader involved in city building, you have a role to play in shaping this national conversation.

Join us for an interactive, experiential and solutions-focused conference and help us co-create the future of our cities!

Full conference schedule and registration details are available here.

David Phipps named a Fellow of the Association of Commonwealth Universities

Congratulations to David Phipps, RIR-York, who was recently awarded a Fellowship from the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU). The following story first appeared in York University’s YFile on September 18, 2015 and is reposted here with permission.

David Phipps

David Phipps

David Phipps, executive director research & innovation services, has been awarded a Fellowship from the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) to collaborate with colleagues from the United Kingdom on a project that will develop capacity for university-based knowledge mobilization professionals. Phipps was awarded the Gordon and Jean Southam Fellowship that is open to applicants from any Canadian ACU member university.

The Fellowship is funded under the ACU “Titular Fellowships” Program, which aims to enable the universities of the Commonwealth to develop human resources for their institutions. It also supports the interchange of people, knowledge, skills and technologies globally. During the Fellowship in December 2015, Phipps will be hosted by Coventry University as well as colleagues from the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement.

“This Fellowship is testimony to David’s decade long development of knowledge mobilization at York and with ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche, Canada’s knowledge mobilization network,” said Robert Haché, York’s vice-president research & innovation. “This achievement is also an indication of the growing international recognition of engaged scholarship at York that is creating impacts on public policy, professional practice and social services.”

“Coventry University is pleased to host Dr. Phipps in his Fellowship. We have a national reputation for impact, demonstrated through excellent results in the Research Excellence Framework (2014) and support research impact centrally through an award-winning impact and behaviour change specialist, Julie Bayley,” says Tim Horne, head of the Research Excellence Unit, Coventry University. “Supported by this Fellowship, Coventry University is exceptionally well placed to support and outwardly communicate a scalable and replicable model for knowledge broker competencies.”

Phipps will be joined by other 2015 ACU Fellows from Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Trinidad.

For more information, visit the ACU Titular Fellowships webpage.

Welcome University of New Brunswick / L’Université du Nouveau-Brunswick parmi nous

On April 8, 2015 the ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche (RIR) Executive Leads committee made a conditional acceptance to the University of New Brunswick to become the 12th RIR university. On August 24, 2015, those conditions were met and we were pleased to welcome UNB as our newest RIR member.

Le 8 avril 2015, le comité directeur du RéseauImpactRecherche-ResearchImpact (RIR) avait accepté, moyennant certaines conditions, que l’Université du Nouveau-Brunswick devienne le 12e membre du réseau. Le 24 août 2015, les conditions étaient remplies, et c’est avec plaisir que le RIR accueille aujourd’hui son tout nouveau membre.

UNB logo

UNB has a long tradition of supporting knowledge mobilization. UNB leads the New Brunswick Social Policy Research Network (NBSPRN) which supports evidence-based public policy by bridging the gap between those making decisions, those conducting research, non-governmental organizations and New Brunswick citizens. NBSPRN envisions a New Brunswick that is a leader in evidence-based public policy development through Networked Governance. NBSPRN achieves this mission through knowledge mobilization connecting UNB researchers with public policy stakeholders from the public, private and non-profit sectors.

UNB also leads the Pond Deshpande Centre, a catalyst to grow and support a stronger culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the province of New Brunswick. It seeks to ensure that New Brunswick communities are the location of choice for aspiring innovators and entrepreneurs because they are start-up friendly and our post-secondary institutions have best in class entrepreneurship programming. Part of their work includes connecting UNB researchers and students to the social innovation and entrepreneurship community in New Brunswick.

Both NBSPRN and the Pond Deshpande Centre build on a track record of engaged scholarship and community engagement at UNB.

David Burns

David Burns

“UNB is delighted to join ResearchImpact”, says David Burns, VP Research for UNB. “We have already established our knowledge mobilization practices on campus by leading a number of entrepreneurship initiatives such as the NB Social Policy Research Network and the Pond Deshpande Centre which are helping us connect our campus to innovation and entrepreneurship across New Brunswick. We look forward to learning from the diverse knowledge mobilization practices of the ResearchImpact members across Canada and sharing our work here in New Brunswick.

UNB is an important university for RIR. UNB and the Harris Centre at Memorial University of Newfoundland are two of Atlantic Canada’s leading knowledge mobilization universities. This is as much a wonderful opportunity for RIR as it is for UNB.

RIR welcomed Nick Scott (Managing Director, NBSPRN) as RIR Director for UNB and Sasha McEachern-Caputo (Research Coordinator, NBSPRN) as RIR Knowledge Broker for UNB at our annual RIR meeting in St. John’s on September 10-11.

Online Recruitment for Research Study on Knowledge Mobilization

Monica Batac, a graduate student, at Ryerson University is recruiting participants for a Q-study to assess priority competencies and skills for knowledge mobilization. Ryerson University’s Research Ethics Board has approved this study.

Diverse participants from academic and non-academic organizations are invited to complete the survey. Potential participants include knowledge mobilization researchers, knowledge brokers, intermediaries, and practitioners.

For more information, please visit the research study page here:

The survey will close on Monday, July 27th, 2015.

Please direct any questions about the study to

Knowledge Mobilization Summer Institute, August 17-19, 2015

What is the KMb Summer Institute?
Three days of learning and skill development in the field of knowledge mobilization.  Hands-on workshops and networking with professionals will provide a unique opportunity for early career  KMb individuals to develop a solid foundation of understanding of the key principles of KMb, collaboration, stakeholder engagement, and evaluation.

Who should attend? 
Early career professionals working in the area of Knowledge Mobilization or Knowledge Translation and Transfer; this includes researchers, knowledge brokers, research facilitators, and graduate students.  Participants will come from a broad cross-section of organizations such as universities, not-for-profit organizations, research institutions, government agencies, National Centres of Excellence, and industry.

Where will the KMb Summer Institute take place?
In 2015, we are pleased to offer this institute at the University of Guelph in Ontario (approximately 1 hour west of Toronto).  Accommodations will be available on campus or at nearby hotels and food will be provided by the award-winning U of G Food Services.

Cost: $400 + HST = $452.00

Includes three days of:

  • instruction from leading Knowledge Mobilization practitioners and scholars
  • support materials
  • expert keynote speaker
  • dinner on Tuesday evening
  • breakfast
  • break snacks
  • lunch

Monday, August 17, 2015 at 8:45 EDT to Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 16:00 EDT

University of Guelph
50 Stone Rd E,
Guelph, ON N1G 2W1

For more information and to register, visit

Two York Research Administrators Receive National Awards

Congratulations to David Phipps (RIR-York) on receiving the Research Management Excellence Award from the Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA). This story was first published on YFile on May 26, 2015 and is reposted here with permission. 

David Phipps and Angela Zeno

David Phipps and Angela Zeno

The Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA) has recognized the accomplishments of two of York’s senior research administrators with national awards. Angela Zeno, manager, research accounting, received the Community Builder Award. David Phipps, executive director, research & innovation services, received the Research Management Excellence Award.

The Community Builder Award is presented to a passionate leader in the CARA community whose efforts have strengthened the community through membership engagement efforts, welcoming and facilitating the integration of newcomers or other forms of leadership specifically advantageous to helping members connect to the broader CARA community. An advocate of CARA, Zeno regularly attends meetings and conferences, both regionally and nationally. She was responsible for the development and delivery of the Research Accounting workshop at CARA National for many years and is currently a key part of a team focused on revamping the finance workshops for CARA into a case-based, full-day workshop.

According to her nominators, Zeno has dedicated her efforts and those of her team to the implementation of “best practices” in post-award research administration at York University. “Within the Canadian research administration community, York is held in high esteem due to their work in this area,” says Trudy Pound-Curtis, AVP finance and CFO. “ I am very proud of Angela and her significant contribution to research grant administration in Canada.”

The Research Management Excellence Award is presented to an exceptional research manager who has made outstanding contributions to the profession, both nationally and internationally, through innovation, creativity, hard work and dedication. Phipps is being recognized for his leadership in two emerging areas of research management: knowledge mobilization that seeks to maximize impacts of research beyond the academy; and implementation of Canada’s controlled goods legislation that implements security assessments to safeguard controlled goods and/or technologies within Canada.

“David’s work across Canada in these two distinct areas has helped to increase York’s international recognition for innovation in research services,” says Robert Haché, vice-president research and innovation. “David is most deserving of this award from Canada’s research administration community.”

The awards were presented at a special celebration on May 25 at the CARA 2015 Annual Conference in Toronto. Haché was also featured on the conference’s opening panel discussing the topic “The Future of Research in Canada.” He spoke about the importance of investing in basic research that deepens our understanding of people and the world around us, as well as investing in knowledge mobilization, entrepreneurship and industry liaison to help maximize the social, economic and environmental impacts of university research.

CARA is a national voice for research administrators in Canada. With almost 1,000 members, the professional organization’s strength is in its diversity and comprehensive approach to research administration. CARA provides a critical interface between all stakeholders in the management of the research enterprise.

First Knowledge Synthesis Grants Workshop, May 2015

On May 5, 2015 SSHRC hosted a meeting of knowledge synthesis grant recipients. Knowledge synthesis grants fund researchers and their teams to assesses and communicate the state of the art of knowledge on particular topics of relevance to public policy. Holding a meeting of researchers isn’t new for SSHRC. What is different is SSHRC invited participants from the public, private and nonprofit sectors to begin the process of knowledge mobilization even before the knowledge synthesis had begun. Welcome to the world of knowledge brokering, SSHRC. The ResearchImpact network is here to help support your connections between knowledge production and its use.




On May 5, 2015, SSHRC hosted the start-up workshop for the first in a series of Knowledge Synthesis Grants competitions linked to the Imagining Canada’s Future initiative.

The Knowledge Synthesis Grants competitions on future challenges areas are key to SSHRC achieving the broader goals of the Imagining Canada’s Future initiative. This initiative seeks to position the social sciences and humanities as essential in addressing complex societal challenges facing Canadians, to the greater benefit of Canada and the world.

The day-long workshop focused on the future challenge area “What new ways of learning, particularly in higher education, will Canadians need to thrive in an evolving society and labour market?

The event brought together 60 participants, including the 20 Knowledge Synthesis Grant award holders; representatives from government, industry, academia, not-for-profit and community sectors; and SSHRC staff. The funded projects span the scope of themes identified in the funding opportunity description.

Project overviews addressed topics ranging from experiential learning and the needs of Aboriginal learners, to digital literacy skills, STEM curriculum and the development of soft skills, among others.

Workshop discussions focussed on a number of themes, including emerging trends and implications for policy and teaching, among other areas. An intersectoral panel shed light on research, training and labour market needs, with panelists including Marie Audette, president, Canadian Association for Graduate Studies; John Baker, president and CEO, Desire2Learn and member of SSHRC’s governing council; Don Klinger, president, Canadian Society for the Study of Education; and Jonathan Will, director general of economic policy at Employment and Social Development Canada.

One researcher summed up the event this way:

“The opportunity to collaborate, exchange and build on knowledge with colleagues from across the country allows for richer analysis for our own initiatives and opportunities for future partnerships within and across sectors.”

Knowledge Synthesis Grant award holders will submit their final reports in October 2015. All participants will be invited to SSHRC’s next annual Imagining Canada’s Future Forum, November 16, 2015. There, they will present results and continue to engage with representatives from various sectors.

SSHRC will, over the next three years, hold five more Knowledge Synthesis Grants competitions related to the five other future challenge areas.

The next call for proposals will be launched in early June 2015 and will address the challenge area “What effects will the quest for energy and natural resources have on our society and our position on the world stage?

Subventions de synthèse des connaissances : premier atelier tenu en mai 2015

Le 5 mai 2015, le CRSH organisait une rencontre pour les lauréats de ses subventions de synthèse des connaissances. Ces subventions permettent aux chercheurs et à leurs équipes de faire le point sur les connaissances dans certains domaines précis qui intéressent les politiques publiques, et de les diffuser. L’organisation d’une réunion de chercheurs n’est rien de nouveau pour le CRSH. Ce qui l’est, c’est l’intégration de participants issus du secteur public, du secteur privé et d’organismes à but non lucratif, dans le but de lancer le processus de mobilisation des connaissances avant même que la synthèse soit amorcée. Bienvenue dans le monde du courtage de connaissances, CRSH! Le Réseau Impact Recherche est là pour vous aider à renforcer vos liens avec la production du savoir comme avec ses usages.




Le 5 mai 2015, le Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines (CRSH) a accueilli l’atelier de démarrage organisé dans la foulée du premier d’une série de concours visant l’attribution de subventions de synthèse des connaissances liées à l’initiative Imaginer l’avenir du Canada.

Ces concours, qui portent sur les domaines des défis de demain, revêtent une importance considérable pour l’atteinte des grands objectifs que le CRSH s’est fixés dans le cadre de l’initiative Imaginer l’avenir du Canada. Cette initiative fait ressortir le rôle crucial qu’ont à jouer les sciences humaines pour aider les Canadiens à relever les défis sociétaux complexes auxquels ils font face, et ce, d’une manière qui soit la plus avantageuse possible pour le Canada et le reste du monde.

L’atelier d’une journée avait trait au défi de demain suivant : « quelles sont les nouvelles méthodes d’apprentissage dont les Canadiens auront besoin, en particulier dans l’enseignement supérieur, pour réussir dans la société et sur le marché du travail de demain? »

En tout, 60 personnes ont participé à l’atelier, notamment les détenteurs des subventions de synthèse des connaissances, des représentants du gouvernement, de l’industrie, du monde universitaire, du secteur sans but lucratif et du milieu communautaire, ainsi que des membres du personnel du CRSH. Les 20 projets financés traitent de thèmes figurant dans la description de l’occasion de financement.

Ces projets, qui ont été présentés dans leurs grandes lignes, portent sur un vaste éventail de sujets allant de l’apprentissage par l’expérience et des besoins des apprenants autochtones à la culture numérique, aux programmes d’études en sciences, technologie, génie et mathématiques (STGM) et à l’acquisition de compétences non techniques, entre autres.

Au cours de l’atelier, divers thèmes ont été abordés, dont les nouvelles tendances et leurs répercussions sur les politiques et l’enseignement. Un débat d’experts intersectoriel a permis de cerner les besoins en matière de recherche et de formation découlant des besoins du marché du travail. Y ont notamment participé Marie Audette, présidente, Association canadienne pour les études supérieures; John Baker, président et directeur général, Desire2Learn et membre du conseil d’administration du CRSH; Don Klinger, président, Société canadienne pour l’étude de l’éducation; Jonathan Will, directeur général, Direction de la politique économique, Emploi et Développement social Canada.

Un chercheur a résumé l’atelier de la façon suivante :

« En collaborant et en échangeant avec des collègues des quatre coins du pays, et en tirant parti de leurs connaissances, nous pouvons arriver à une analyse plus complète de nos propres initiatives et mieux apprécier les occasions de partenariat qui existent dans notre secteur et au-delà. »

Les détenteurs des subventions de synthèse des connaissances remettront leur rapport final en octobre 2015. Ils seront tous invités au prochain forum annuel Imaginer l’avenir du Canada organisé par le CRSH le 16 novembre 2015. Ils y présenteront leurs résultats et pourront, là aussi, échanger avec des représentants de divers secteurs.

Au cours des trois prochaines années, le CRSH organisera cinq autres concours visant l’attribution de subventions de synthèse des connaissances, lesquels porteront sur les cinq autres domaines des défis de demain.

Le prochain appel à propositions sera lancé au début de juin 2015 et portera sur le défi suivant : « quels effets la quête de ressources naturelles et d’énergie aura-t-elle sur la société canadienne et la place qu’occupe le Canada à l’échelle mondiale? »