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:

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.

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.


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.

Webinar- Why research administrators should care about knowledge mobilization and what you can do about it

David Phipps, RIR York, will be hosting a webinar on February 14 as part of CAURA’s webinar series. See below for more details:

CAURA Webinar Session 34 Presents:

Why research administrators should care about knowledge mobilization and what you can do about it

David J. Phipps, Ph.D., MBA
Director, Research Services & Knowledge Exchange, York University

Tuesday February 14
10am PT/ 11am MT/ noon CT/ 1pm ET/ 2pm AT/ 2.30pm NT

Every SSHRC Insight Grant now needs a knowledge mobilization strategy. CIHR Partnerships in Health Systems Improvement is all about knowledge translation: CIHR KT Supplements, SSHRC Public Outreach, SSHRC PG, PDG etc. Also funders like IDRC, CHSRF and many health charities are looking for some form of knowledge mobilization/ translation/ exchange (chose your term….they all mean the same thing).

What is this thing, knowledge mobilization? David Phipps will provide details about developing a Knowledge Mobilization Unit in the Office of Research Services. He will speak about the services this unit provides and the metrics that they track. This webinar is based on a paper recently published in Scholarly & Research Communications “A Report Detailing the Development of a University-Based Knowledge Mobilization Unit that Enhances Research Outreach and Engagement”. Besides, it’s on Valentine’s Day. And who doesn’t love their job enough to learn about Knowledge Mobilization?

Please see the Webinar Poster for further details and how to use the Elluminate Collaborate Webinar Software.

Re-imagining the ivory tower / Reconcevoir la tour d’ivoire

By David Phipps (ResearchImpact, York)

KMb is enhancing transparency and access to universities but as we work hard at engaging we remain struck in silos inside the ivory tower.

La mobilisation des connaissances accroît la transparence et l’accès aux universités. Toutefois, malgré le travail acharné que nous accomplissons en ce sens, nous demeurons prisonniers des silos à l’intérieur de la tour d’ivoire.

Recently I attended a curling bonspiel in Ottawa and because my team lost as soon as they could I ended up on twitter and saw this @fedcan tweet

Good morning all! We’re live blogging @fedcan‘s annual conference this morning at

The Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences (FedCan) was holding their Annual Conference,  which featured a talk by SSHRC President, Chad Gaffield. The theme of the conference was “The Humanities Paradox: More Relevant and Less Visible Than Ever?” and the title of Chad’s talk was “Re-imagining Scholarship in the Digital Age“, both of which had a theme of exploring the relevance of academic research outside of the academy. Chad’s talk was wide ranging but for anyone who has had the pleasure of hearing Chad speak as many times as I have his observations were familiar. They were all linked by the theme of “re-imagining”, imaging a new paradigm of scholarship that is emerging on campuses across Canada. Specifically, Chad spoke of re-imagining in three areas: teaching, research and campus-community connections.


  • The old “professor push” method of teaching is evolving into a student centred, inquiry based method of learning. Text heavy, power point slides are being replaced by image heavy and digital rich media. Students are exploring problems rather than being told solutions.


  • Researchers are pursing horizontal connections across different ways of knowing. This means that researchers are not only reaching out to other scholarly disciplines but they are embracing community, Aboriginal and other traditions of knowledge. Continue reading

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 (
  2. The Region of Durham (
  3. York Region (
  4. Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (
  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
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.

Message to SSHRC: as you remodel the house don’t forget the foundation

Renovations are all the rage. Witness the Home Improvement Tax Credit (I’m looking forward to my $1,350 that will help pay for the new furnace, air conditioner and water heater), all the DIY shows on Home & Garden Channel and the boom in stores like Home Depot, Rona and Lowes. SSHRC has jumped on the reno bandwagon. The first time I heard about the new SSHRC Program Architecture was at the KIS/Cluster meeting in Ottawa on October 23-24, 2009 (see our blog post on that meeting). Since then SSHRC has released increasing amounts of information to SSHRC academic leaders (December 2009) and to research administrators in a CAURA webinar (January 29, 2010) and on March 1, 2010, Chad Gaffield released the new architecture and draft call for applications for consultation.

KMb practitioners take note: you no longer have to pose as researchers

SSHRC has retooled their programming into 3 broad categories of insight (= research), talent (= training) and connections (= knowledge mobilization). The three are not mutually exclusive, in fact, in many constructions of SSHRC funded scholarly endeavours they are intrinsically linked (think of a CURA which fosters engaged research, training and KMb). Moving from a prescriptive, program directed mode of grant seeking, SSHRC is allowing applicants to define the funding package that fits their own scholarship within some very broad frameworks.

KMb community take note: there is funding for KMb

Whether you want to hold a small workshop, publish a journal, develop a KMb tool kit or create a national framework for community engaged scholarship, there’s a welcome mat out for you. If you wish to study the science of KMb, that’s research (sorry, insight) but if you want to do KMb that’s connections. Look for programs supporting partnerships, workshops and conferences, journals, tools and outcomes to be launched over the next 2 years.

But SSHRC take note to maintain the foundation as you remodel the house

Not every NSERC Discovery Grant should result in a patent. Not every research grant under the insight umbrella should be mobilized or connected. When MRC became CIHR in 2000 and assumed a mandate for knowledge translation, new funds were given to the CIHR Operating Grant competition. Sure, new funds were provided for strategic competitions as well but CIHR not only protected but grew their support for fundamental research.

Not all will welcome this new program architecture but as KMb practitioners we are pleased to see SSHRC champion a connections agenda. We are also pleased to see funding maintained for research grants and priority funds as directed by federal budget priorities set by the Federal Government. As far as the limited allocations in Federal Budgets allow please continue to invest in the foundation of social sciences and humanities research. KMb is great but is must be built on a sound base of fundamental scholarship.

And federal government, listen up

The vast majority of public servants has degrees in the social sciences and humanities and were taught by professors, many of whom were supported by SSHRC. If you want informed policy makers you need a strong social science and humanities community. If you want a strong social sciences and humanities community you need a strong SSHRC. SSHRC receives 13.5% of the total federal investments in the three granting councils but supports over 50% of Canada’s academic researchers and graduate students. You do the math.

Thank you for the $3M increase to SSHRC’s budget in Budget 2010 but SSHRC needs more, much more, in 2011 if you expect informed debate and responsive public policies in security, finance, immigration, homelessness, mental health, education, aboriginal affairs, globalization, climate change, racism, multiculturalism, urban planning, rural economies, northern Canada, politics, heritage, literacy, employment, peace keeping, sport, volunteerism, federation, government reform, bilingualism, equity, infrastructure, economic renewal, sustainability, the arts, accessibility, digital literacy, transportation, poverty…

‘What Works’ in Homelessness Program Evaluation? Ask York and UVic Researchers!

In the summer of 2009, as part of the initial grant for KM pilot projects at York University and University of Victoria, the two institutions developed a competitive, adjudicated process for Faculty Incentive Grants for teams of researchers and their partners to address research issues with relevant public policy and/or professional practice implications. Here is a summary of one of these projects:

Drs. Stephen Gaetz (York) and Bernie Pauly (UVic) were Principal Investigators on a project designed to establish a framework for evaluating the effectiveness of programs that address ways of ending homelessness.  Their project activity included research and development of an evaluative framework, which resulted in a one-day workshop held on September 24, 2009 at York.  The workshop focused on reviewing the project findings, as well as discussing next steps.

The project team identified the following outcomes:

  • Completion of two literature reviews
  • Building research relationships between the two institutions
  • Strengthened links between academic researchers and community partners
  • Creation of new knowledge (evaluation, best-practices, KM framework)
  • Future KM planning in homelessness program evaluation
  • Completion of an application to the Homeless Partnering Strategy for October 2009
  • Supporting local program evaluation efforts through information sharing from literature reviews

Despite the tight timelines, the deliverables along with strengthened and (in some cases) expanded relationships have made this project a success.  In the words of the PI’s,

“We were successful in creating a functioning research team and creating the knowledge of program evaluation and best practices.”

“The two literature reviews were useful not only as a process for learning, but a key outcome are the summaries of this important work.  York is preparing a final report summarizing evaluation practices and UVic is developing a report highlighting best practices in ending homelessness and evaluation in the homelessness sector”.

Youth and Mental Health: Addressing Stigma and Discrimination through Community-Informed Curriculum

In the summer of 2009, as part of the initial grant for KM pilot projects at York University and University of Victoria, the two institutions developed a competitive, adjudicated process for Faculty Incentive Grants for teams of researchers and their partners to address research issues with relevant public policy and/or professional practice implications. Here is a summary of one of these projects:

Drs. Megan Davies (York) and Anne Marshall (UVic) were Principal Investigators on a project to provide tools and processes to help young people address the stigma and discrimination associated with mental health concerns and treatment. Building a new partnership with the Greater Victoria School District #61, the research team engaged in consultations to help conceptualize the project deliverables and support curriculum lesson plan development.

The project team also have chosen to integrate their deliverables into a new web site ( to support broader access to the curriculum modules that were developed.

The outcomes of this project are:
• Four cross curricular teaching units with activities and resources aimed at Grades 7 to 12
• Development of
• New and strengthened relationships between the research team and amongst educators and mental health treatment and consumer groups

In identifying lessons learned, there were the clear challenges of working across geography and disciplines and with several partners… However, there was one additional outcome the project team articulated,

“An unanticipated, but positive outcome was the inclusion of the original artwork created by a sixteen year-old secondary school student. William Willis’ drawings do much to make this site visually appealing, and seem entirely appropriate for a youth-centred project such as this”.

The project team continues its development, as they are engaged in dissemination of research finding, pursuing additional funding to further resource development and expand the program internationally. They are also pursuing the integration of these materials into other provincial curricula and international web sites.

ResearchImpact (York) awarded over $50,000 to work with York Region

KM at York’s strong 2009 finish bodes well for 2010

On December 23, 2009, the KM Unit at York University was awarded two CIHR grants in their Meetings, Planning, and Dissemination Grant competition. One grant partners York University’s Lamarsh Centre for Research on Violence and Conflict Resolution with Kinark Child and Family Services and the York Region Children’s Aid Society. David Phipps from ResearchImpact (York University) and Sandra Cunning (Clinical Director, Research & Evaluation, Kinark Child and Family Services), along with researchers from the Lamarsh Centre were co-investigators on the application. We were awarded $39,950 for a grant titled “Using social networking to enable KT collaboration and dissemination”.

The grant will use the Kinark/Lamarsh/CAS partnership project on teen pregnancy and teen mothers in York Region to pilot social media tools provided by O3 (see our blog on October 13) as a tool for collaboration and dissemination. Based on learnings in this pilot initiative, York’s KM Unit will roll out these social media support services to other large-scale research and KM projects. The grant was ranked first in Canada in this competition. One reviewer commented, “Rationale very strong for need to share knowledge regarding available tools, particularly given the IT interests of the next generation.”

We are looking forward to working with our partners in York Region to use these tools to increase the sharing of research information to help our partners make informed decisions.

David Phipps and Daniele Zanotti, CEO of United Way of York Region, were also awarded $14,979 for an events grant titled, “Mobilizing the Best Practices of Institutional KT Services for Health and Society.” Through this grant, ResearchImpact partner universities and their local United Ways in St. John’s, Montreal, Saskatoon, and Victoria will meet with York and the United Way of York Region to learn from each others’ best practices in KM. “It is important that community agencies are working from the best knowledge available so that they can make well-informed decisions,” says Daniele. “York’s Knowledge Mobilization Unit provides an avenue for community organizations to tap into the research expertise available in the University. It makes research, as well as researchers and graduate students, accessible to non-academic decision-makers.”

Thanks to all of our supporters, collaborators and KM stakeholders for a great 2009 and we look forward to working with you in 2010.