communityBUILD Mash-Up

United Way York Region, York University and ventureLAB have come together to create an entrepreneurial community event in York Region called the communityBUILD Mash-Up. 

Centraide de la région de York, l’Université York et ventureLAB ont travaillé conjointement à la mise sur pied dans la région de York d’un évènement communautaire pour entrepreneurs, le « communityBUILD Mash-Up ». 

communityBUILD posterJoin United Way York Region, York University and ventureLAB in the launch of the communityBUILD Mash-Up, a competition searching for social entrepreneurs tackling two York Region challenges: Food Insecurity and Youth Unemployment.

Are you a non-profit looking to launch a new program, or have you been keeping a project on the back burner? Apply for the communityBUILD Mash-Up, an intense two-day start-up workshop and competition created to tackle two challenges in York Region; Youth Unemployment and Food Insecurity.

Are you interested in tackling a challenge? Looking to create a difference in your community? United Way York Region, York University and ventureLAB have come together to launch communityBUILD Mash-Up. An intense two-day start-up workshop and competition created to help tackle two challenges in York Region; Youth Unemployment and Food Insecurity. Apply for a chance to win a $5,000 venture consulting grant and to become a ventureLAB client!

Apply to the communityBUILD Mash-Up for a chance to win a $5,000 consulting grant to pay for expert advice for your social venture and to become a ventureLAB client: venturelab.ca/communitybuildmashup

K* Scholarships for the Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum

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The following partners are proud to announce up to nine travel scholarships for the 2014 Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum: Cloverleaf Foundation, ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche (RIR), Canadian Water Network, Institute for Knowledge Mobilization, and United Nations University Institute for Water Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH).

Details and forms are now posted.

http://www.ckf14.org/funding/students/kstar

Awards for Trainees: Gender, Sex and Health Knowledge Translation Supplements / Bourses aux stagiaires: Suppléments aux stagiaires pour l’application des connaissances sur le genre, le sexe et la santé de l’ISFH

Awards for Trainees:  Gender, Sex and Health Knowledge Translation Supplements

CIHR Institute of Gender and Health (IGH) Institute Community Support Program 2013-2014

Application deadline: October 1, 2013

In keeping with our commitment to investing in world-class research excellence, the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health (IGH) is interested in training and sustaining a strong and diverse foundation of health researchers who integrate sex and gender considerations in their work.  The purpose of IGH’s Institute Community Support (ICS) Program is to build capacity for gender, sex and health research and knowledge translation among trainees, including graduate students and postdoctoral fellows across the full spectrum of health research disciplines.

The IGH Knowledge Translation (KT) Supplements (worth up to $5,000) support the capacity of trainees to engage in the knowledge translation (KT) of their own gender, sex and health research. KT initiatives eligible for this opportunity must directly advance the translation of research that is led by the applicant as part of a graduate thesis or postdoctoral project and that has a substantive focus on gender and/or sex and health. KT activities may either foster the engagement of knowledge users in the research process (integrated KT) or communicate findings from a completed research project to knowledge users (end-of-grant KT).

For more information, please visit the IGH Gender, Sex and Health Trainee Knowledge Translation Supplements page.

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Bourses aux stagiaires: Suppléments aux stagiaires pour l’application des connaissances sur le genre, le sexe et la santé de l’ISFH
l’Institut de la santé des femmes et des hommes (ISFH) des IRSC Programme d’appui communautaire des instituts 2013-2014

Date limite pour présenter une demande:  1er octobre 2013

Fidèle à son engagement d’investir dans l’excellence scientifique de calibre mondial, l’Institut de la santé des femmes et des hommes (ISFH) des IRSC souhaite former et retenir une base solide et diversifiée de chercheurs dans le domaine de la santé qui tiennent compte des notions de genre et de sexe dans leurs travaux. Le Programme d’appui communautaire de l’ISFH vise à développer les capacités de recherche et d’application des connaissances sur le genre, le sexe et la santé chez les stagiaires, y compris les étudiants des cycles supérieurs et les boursiers postdoctoraux dans l’ensemble des domaines de la recherche en santé.

Ce supplément (d’une valeur maximale de 5 000 $) permet à des stagiaires de participer à l’application des connaissances issues de leurs propres recherches sur le genre, le sexe et la santé. Les initiatives d’AC admissibles à ce supplément doivent directement faire avancer l’application de la recherche effectuée par le candidat dans le cadre d’une thèse ou d’un projet de postdoctorat avec une orientation significative sur le genre et/ou le sexe et la santé. Les activités d’AC peuvent favoriser l’engagement des utilisateurs des connaissances dans le processus de recherche (AC intégrée) ou permettre de communiquer les résultats d’un projet de recherche achevé aux utilisateurs de connaissances (AC en fin de subvention).

Pour obtenir plus d’information, consultez la page Supplément aux stagiaires pour l’application des connaissances sur le genre, le sexe et la santé de l’ISFH.

Valorisons nos recherches! / Valuing our research!

L’Université de Montréal a récemment dévoilé les résultats de son concours interne de subvention en valorisation. Un total de 62 000$ a été alloué pour la réalisation de cinq projets de recherche. Ce billet a été publié une première fois le 3 juin 2013 et une permission a été obtenue pour le diffuser de nouveau ici. 

University of Montreal recently released the results of their internal Knowledge Valorization Grants competition, which awarded a total of $62,000 to five research projects. The following post was originally published on June 3, 2013 and is reposted here with permission.

Le Bureau Recherche-Développement-Valorisation a récemment lancé un concours interne de subventions pour la valorisation des résultats de recherche. Il s’agit d’un programme pilote sur quatre ans dont l’objectif principal est de permettre la transformation des résultats de travaux en sciences humaines et sociales en matériel novateur pour les divers utilisateurs des milieux de pratique.

À la suite d’une évaluation par un comité interne, cinq demandes ont reçu un financement qui totalise 62 000 $.

Ces chercheurs sont:

Valérie Amiraux (sociologie) pour la publication d’un roman graphique qui s’adresse aux 8 à 15 ans, Salomé ou les hommes en noir, portant sur les questions de pluralisme;

Jean Archambault et Roseline Garon (administration et fondements de l’éducation) pour la production d’une brochure à l’intention des directions d’écoles montréalaises défavorisées afin de promouvoir un esprit de justice sociale;

Sylvie Normandeau (psychoéducation) pour la valorisation d’un programme d’intervention destiné aux enfants en difficulté;

Marie-Andrée Poirier (service social) pour la conception d’une trousse de valorisation des meilleures pratiques lors de visites supervisées entre des parents et leurs enfants placés en contexte de protection de la jeunesse;

Éric Méchoulan (littératures de langue française) pour la mise en ligne d’un fonds d’archives de théâtre yidiche comme exemple de travail sur la mémoire à l’époque du numérique.

Félicitations aux chercheurs et rendez-vous en 2014 pour les prochaines mises en candidature.

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Guide to Knowledge Translation Planning at CIHR: Integrated and End-of-Grant Approaches / Guide de planification de l’application des connaissances aux IRSC : approches intégrées et de fin de subvention

ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche is pleased to announce the launch of a new Knowledge Translation (KT) Guide by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). 

Le RéseauImpactRecherche-ResearchImpact a le plaisir de vous annoncer le lancement du nouveau Guide de planification de l’application des connaissances aux Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada (IRSC).

The creation of new healthcare knowledge often does not, on its own, lead to widespread implementation or impacts on health outcomes. As Canada’s principal health research funding agency, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) plays a fundamental role in bridging the ‘know-do’ gap and ensuring that research findings get into the hands of those who can use them.

To assist in filling this gap between research evidence and implementation, CIHR has developed a new Knowledge Translation (KT) Guide that we hope will strengthen projects that involve a KT approach, while also ensuring that the review of KT within grant proposals is more rigorous and transparent.

Whether it is disseminating findings from already completed research or co-creating the knowledge to help solve issues, this Guide is relevant across the spectrum of health research. It is targeted to both those writing grants and those reviewing grants.

The Guide provides examples of how different approaches to KT have worked and includes relevant worksheets to help guide planning. The KT Guide is available on the CIHR website or in hard copy by writing to kt-ac@cihr.gc.ca.

Le Guide de l’AC est disponible sur le site Web des IRSC (http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/f/45321.html). Il est aussi possible d’en obtenir une version papier en s’adressant par écrit à kt-ac@cihr.gc.ca.

Knowledge Mobilization for Climate Change – Internship Programme Competition

York University’s Knowledge Mobilization Unit is excited to announce the start of the graduate student internship competition as part of the Knowledge Mobilization for Climate Change Project.


The goal of this project is to make York climate change research and expertise more accessible to policymakers, so that academic research can better inform municipal level climate change decisions. The project is engaging the City of Toronto; the Regions of York, Peel, and Durham; the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), and the Association for Canadian Educational Resources (The Gateway Project). This project is generously funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Placement Details

  • There are a total of five internship placements, each valued at $10,000 (before deductions)
  • One internship (York Region) will take place from March to June 2011. The 4 remaining internships will take place in Summer 2011 (May-August).
  • There is one placement each with the Environment and Policy offices of:
  1. The City of Toronto (toronto.ca)
  2. The Region of Durham (durham.ca)
  3. York Region (york.ca)
  4. Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (trca.on.ca)
  5. The Gateway Project

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be eligible to work in Canada
  • Graduate students (Masters and PhD) currently enrolled or graduates who have fulfilled all degree requirements after January 1st, 2011.
  • For the York Region placement, only recent graduates are eligible to apply (please see job description for further details)

In order to apply, please send your resume and covering letter to:

Andrei Sedoff,
Knowledge Mobilization Officer, Office of Research Services
asedoff@yorku.ca
416-736-2100 Ext 44310

Candidates are allowed to apply to multiple placements. Please indicate which placement(s) you are applying to in the body of your application Email. Candidates are strongly encouraged to prepare separate covering letters for each placement application. Interns will be expected to complete a two-page report at the end of their placement. Interns will also receive training in clear language writing and design.

The deadline to submit applications for the York Region placement is Monday, February 28th at 4:30pm. The deadline for the four summer placements is Friday, March 4th at 4:30pm. For more information, please contact Andrei Sedoff at the coordinates provided above.

You may access the job descriptions by clicking on the links below:

  1. The City of Toronto
  2. The Region of Durham
  3. York Region
  4. Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
  5. The Gateway Project

All applicants are also encouraged to attend the York University Climate Change Policy & Research Day. Full event details may be found here.

Summer 2011 Internships Announcement

The Knowledge Mobilization Unit is excited to announce an upcoming graduate student internship competition as part of the ‘Knowledge Mobilization for Climate Change’ Project.

The goal of this project is to make York climate change research and expertise more accessible to policymakers, so that academic research can inform municipal level climate change decisions. The project is engaging the municipalities of Toronto, the Regions of York, Peel, and Durham, as well as the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and the Association for Canadian Educational Resources (The Gateway Project). This project is generously funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Here are some details about the placements:

  • York University graduate students (Masters and PhD) will be eligible for these internships
  • The internships will take place in Summer 2011 (May-August)
  • There will be a total of 5 internship placements, each valued at $10,000 (before deductions)
  • There will be 1 placement each with the Environment and Policy offices of:

–         The City of Toronto (toronto.ca)

–         The Region of Durham (durham.ca)

–         York Region (york.ca)

–         Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (trca.on.ca)

–         The Gateway Project

Please stay tuned for the formal launch of the competition with full details, scheduled for January 2011. The competition will be posted on: researchimpact.ca. For more information, please contact Andrei Sedoff, Knowledge Mobilization Officer, at asedoff@yorku.ca or at 416-736-2100 Ext 44310.

It’s official! SSHRC announces Public Outreach Grant to support Knowledge Mobilization for Climate Change project.

If you live in a municipality in the GTA you’ll be pleased to know that municipal employees will now have access to academic research and expertise to inform decisions that affect your life.

We previously told you about an exciting YorkU knowledge mobilization climate change project.  In that post, Chandra Sharma of TRCA underscored the importance of these efforts by saying, “”Advancing climate research and knowledge is key to addressing municipal needs to address impacts of changing climate.” Even though we announced the project in June we are delighted to let you know that this project was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).  SSHRC has officially announced the results of its Public Outreach grant competition, awarding $138,700 to Karen Kraft Sloan (Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies) and David Phipps (Director, Research Services and Knowledge Exchange) for this Knowledge Mobilization for Climate Change project. This grant, details for which may be found on SSHRC’s website here, has enabled an innovative large-scale collaboration in the area of climate change research.

Thanks to this funding, York University’s Knowledge Mobilization Unit has been able to engage the municipalities of Toronto, York Region, Mississauga, Peel, and Durham, as well as the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

(TRCA) and the Association for Canadian Educational Resources (The Gateway Project) to make York climate change research and expertise more accessible and policy relevant. York University’s Office of the Vice President Research and Innovation has generously contributed funding towards this project, which allowed the hiring of a project coordinator to work in the Knowledge Mobilization Unit.

“This grant gives us an unprecedented opportunity  to apply York’s diverse body of climate change research and expertise to public policy and practice” said Karen Kraft Sloan, the Principal Investigator for the grant. “I am eager to see the results that emerge from this unique collaboration”.

This award comes as part of the exciting news that York University’s researchers, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows have been able to secure over $10 million through SSHRC grants this year. More details and the full listing of York SSHRC awards may be found in the Y-File story here.

Teen Pregnancy and Teen Mothers: Meeting the Needs in York Region

In the summer of 2009, as part of the initial grant for York’s KMb pilot project and as part of a competitive, adjudicated process, the KMb Unit created Social Innovation Collaboration Grants to address research issues with relevant public policy and/or professional practice implications in the areas of Mental Health, as this was an identified priority area by community partners. Here is a summary of one of these projects:

Drs. Jennifer Connolly, Hala Tamim and Yvonne Bohr, affiliated with the LaMarsh Centre for Research on Violence and Conflict Resolution (York) partnered with Kinark Child and Family Services and York Region Children’s Aid Society for a short-term knowledge mobilization project around new mothers in York Region; examining the prevalence of these vulnerable girls in York Region, how their Mental Health needs are being met, what service gaps could be identified and determining how research on risk and resilience can inform clinical care and maximize positive outcomes.

The research team employed graduate students to support their efforts and focused on the following activity:

• Determine the prevalence of pregnant and mothering teens in York Region
• Survey on available services to pregnant and mothering teens
• Review of girls receiving protective service intervention from York Region CAS within this user population
• Synthesize published literature on risks and resiliencies of pregnant and mothering teens
• Begin framing research to explore factors related to risk and resiliency for these young women and their children
• Initiate community-based opportunities for feedback and knowledge exchange with interested members of the community

The team is excited about what they were able to accomplish and they are continuing to work in collaboration through a successful CIHR KT Supplement grant, which will build on their collaborative capacity by using social media and technology-based research collaboration tools, including the O3 platform, to further their research and KMb agendas. The partnership development between the three agencies, as well as a large cohort of youth was also a very positive outcome which the team has identified, supporting the sustainability of their efforts.

Hear Jennifer Connolly (York), Sandra Cunning (Kinark Child and Family Services) and Bonita Majonis (York Region Children’s Aid Society) talk about the project at the 2010 KMb Expo:

United Way-York University Graduate Student Intern Job Posting

We are happy to share the following job posting for a United Way of York Region-York University Graduate Student Intern position for the summer of 2010.

United Way – York University Interns Job Description

General Purpose:

The United Way-York University Interns will work with United Way of York Region (UWYR) Community Engagement and Research Committee to facilitate community- and evidence-based research that addresses UWYR strategic directions and priorities. Findings of the research will help inform the planning and delivery of UWYR Strength Investments within communities of rapid growth. UWYR Priorities (www.uwyr.on.ca/addressingourstrengths):

  • Helping youth grow up strong
  • Enabling individuals and families to achieve economic independence
  • Improving the well being of individuals and communities

Term of Internship: May 3 – August 27, 2010

Report to: Director, Community Investment, UWYR

Roles and Responsibilities:

  1. Undertake a literature review focusing on the impact of growth and change on human services and various responses to address the impact.
  2. Conduct social asset mapping in identified geographies of growth in York Region.
  3. Organize community consultation and engagement activities with residents, community groups, service providers and other key stakeholders to identify, develop and ascertain strategies for UWYR Strength Investments.
  4. Analyze research findings and develop reports.
  5. Present reports to Community Engagement and Research Committee

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Currently affiliated with Faculty of Graduate Studies, may have finished degree requirements but not yet graduated
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Available to work full-time during the months of May to August 2010
  • Intern will receive relevant training and support through the Knowledge Mobilization Unit of York University and be part of knowledge mobilization community peer to peer network
  • Expertise in immigration & settlement, GIS, urban planning, program evaluation, human services, policy research & development or related disciplines an asset

Internship Stipend: $10,000 paid $2500 per month at the end of each month May-August 2010

Interested candidates should submit a résumé and cover letter describing the relationship between the applicant’s graduate studies and the interests of the United Way of York Region and how the applicant’s research expertise will contribute to a successfully executed internship. Please include the name and affiliation of your thesis supervisor.

Deadline: Submit applications by 4:30 pm on Friday April 23, 2010 to kmunit@yorku.ca.

For more information please contact Michael Johnny, Manager of York University’s Knowledge Mobilization Unit, x 88876; mjohnny@yorku.ca.

We thank all candidates for their interest and application but only those invited to an interview will be contacted.

Download the full job description: UW-York KMb Summer Intern Job Description