McMaster University’s purpose is the discovery, communication, and preservation of knowledge. Committed to creativity, innovation, and excellence, the university serves the social, cultural, and economic needs of community and broader society.

McMaster’s knowledge mobilization goals are to:

  • Benefit society through research impacts and economic development
  • Strengthen reputation and enhance recognition
  • Promote research strengths

McMaster possesses unique expertise in the scholarship of knowledge translation and engaged research, evident in the recently established Canadian Research Chair in Knowledge Transfer and Exchange, in the McMaster Centre for Scholarship in the Public Interest (MCSPI), and in internationally recognized scholarship in Indigenous Knowledge and Community-Based Education.

Our research centres and institutes have long-established reputations for linking research, education, policy, and practice.  Examples include Gilbrea Centre for the Studies in Aging, McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics (MITL), the ArcelorMittal Dofasco Centre for Engineering and Public Policy, and the Centre for Health Policy and Analysis (CHEPA).

We value our connections to the Hamilton-area community. Community-engaged scholars partner with local organizations to identify and respond to community research needs.  Examples of such partnerships include the Collaboratory for Research on Urban Neighbourhoods and Community Health and Housing (CRUNCH) and Health in the Hubs.  Our newly appointed Director of Community-Engaged Research is building closer links between McMaster and the communities the University serves.

With a firm grounding in both the theory and practice of turning knowledge into action, McMaster is committed to building capacity for knowledge mobilization.

Services to support knowledge mobilization are distributed across the University. They are housed in Faculties and in University-supported networks and centres. Services include:

  • Brokering relationships:  we help researchers and graduate students connect to potential collaborators in academic, industry, public, non-profit, and community sectors
  • KM Planning:  we help researchers to develop creative, effective knowledge mobilization plans
  • Promotion:  we work closely with Communications staff to tell McMaster research stories
  • Training: we offer graduate-level training in knowledge mobilization for research impact

Health sector-specific resources for knowledge transfer include:

  • National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT)
  • HealthEvidenceTM: a registry of systematic reviews relevant to public health topics

Contact Information

Faculty of Social Sciences
328 Kenneth Taylor Hall,
1280 Main Street West, KTH 129
Hamilton, ON L8S 4M4

Tel: 905-525-9140 ext 23118