Funding Opportunity: RIC Knowledge Mobilization & Skills funding up to $3,000/project

    Funding opportunity for UAlberta researchers to mobilize the results of recent research of relevance to skills, skills development, skills infrastructure, training and/or future skills, and/or to provide students with opportunities to learn skills related to knowledge mobilization. Application deadline: November 18.

    October 28, 2019

    Through University of Alberta’s membership in Research Impact Canada, the Office of the VP Research & Innovation and the University of Alberta Library, in partnership with the Kule Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS), are pleased to announce a one-time opportunity to request funding for knowledge mobilization of University of Alberta research. The funding will enable researchers to mobilize the results of recent research of relevance to skills, skills development, skills infrastructure, training and/or future skills, and/or to provide students with opportunities to learn skills related to knowledge mobilization.

    Request for funding deadline: November 18, 2019. 
    Value: up to $3,000, minimum of $500.  

    Guidelines and Criteria

    • Applicants must hold the position of Faculty or Librarian as described in the UAlberta Policy Eligibility to Apply for and Hold Research Funding Policy.  
    • The project must support knowledge mobilization (KMb) activities for a recently concluded original research project, or for sharing of research results that have recently been published/accepted for peer-reviewed publication. Recent refers to dates since November 1, 2017.  
    • The KMb activity may involve the building of skills for research results dissemination AND/OR mobilization of results from UAlberta research on subjects relevant to skills in Canada, and in keeping with the themes of the Future Skills Centre.
    • Funding requests may be for between $500 to $3,000.
    • Knowledge mobilization (KMb) refers to activities that support the use of research results by the community. It is any number of processes whereby research results are mobilized to users. KMb helps research evidence to inform decisions. KMb turns research into action. Examples of KMb funding-eligible activities:
      • Funding a student or consultant to develop a KMb tool, to create infographics, script a podcast, to write a plain language summary of research, or other creative means of sharing research results.
      • Funding a research team to design and operationalize a KMb plan/pathway to impact.
      • Funding the delivery and dissemination of research results to the community that co-produced the evidence, or to a constituency that would benefit from the evidence; including travel to that community.
      • Funding students to write research summaries, OpEds, or lay articles about skills or skills-related content.
      • Hosting a town hall or interactive meeting about your research.
      • Sharing research results with change-makers, including municipal, provincial or federal authorities, NGOs, social workers, police, prisons, lawyers, librarians, etc.
      • Partnering with a community organization to deliver skills training based upon the research findings. 
      • Funding continuing education programs for non-academic participants where program content included recent UAlberta research. 
      • Funding students to deliver and disseminate classroom or tutorial curriculum based on completed research in innovative ways.
      • Other creative tactics for mobilization of research knowledge or expansion of KMb skills are encouraged.
    • Original research themes focus on (not exclusively): essential skills, skills development, skills development systems, skills development infrastructure, and training methods for diverse and future populations.  
      • Definitions: 
        • Essential skills include reading, writing, document use, numeracy, thinking, digital skills/computer use, soft skills (e.g. problem-solving, oral communication, collaboration, working with others) and continuous learning skills.
        • Skills development is defined as the creation or strengthening of skills, which are relevant to the workforce system, that enable individuals to participate in various occupations.
        • Skills development system includes the intellectual knowledge, human resources, organizations, networks, infrastructure, policies, institutions, procedures and practices, and physical assets that enable skills identification, transfer, application, testing, etc.
        • Skills development infrastructure encompasses the digital technologies, intellectual property, physical and other resources related to the formation of skills.
        • Training methods include in-person, through online platforms, coaching, experiential opportunities or a combination of approaches. 
        • Future skills refers to the capacities for adapting and thriving in a changing economy and employment setting.

    Evaluation Criteria

    • Research project results are of relevance to the goals of Canada’s Future Skills Centre. Key definitions are included in the Guidelines and Criteria above.
    • Proposed knowledge mobilization plan articulates a pathway to impact and is clearly targeted to a specific audience.
    • Original research to be mobilized published or accepted for publication since November 1, 2017.
    • Potential for expanding awareness and application of the applicants’ research outside of academia.
    • Clarity, conciseness and quality of the application.
    • Budget (i.e. justification of expenses in relation to the proposed knowledge mobilization activity or product and leveraged funding).
    • Inclusivity. We emphasise that impact is improved when design and implementation of research and knowledge mobilization activities are inclusive of equity-seeking groups and underserved communities, including women, youth, Indigenous peoples, newcomers, racialized peoples, LGBTQ2S+ peoples, persons with disabilities, veterans, and people from rural, remote, and northern communities.
    • Creativity and targeted ingenuity of the planned KMb action/activity.

    Terms and Conditions

    • If, during the period of the funding, the recipient exits their current appointment with the University, the funding will be terminated. Any unspent funds will be returned to the University of Alberta.
    • University of Alberta, Research Impact Canada and KIAS support must be acknowledged.
    • The funds must be spent before March 15, 2020. No extensions will be allowed.
    • Travel costs must be based on standard rates or policies in effect at the University of Alberta.
    • We expect that tangible products created with this funding (eg: infographic, KMb tools, publications, presentation materials) will be deposited in an open access archive which will be facilitated by the funder. As this may not be possible for every project, we will consult with each recipient to discuss possible ways this can occur and be facilitated.

    Expenses must be eligible under Tri-Agency Guidelines for Use of Grants and include:

    • Knowledge Mobilization activities (e.g. conferences, workshops, events, forums, etc.) and products (e.g. digital resources, database, adaptation of texts, policy briefs, etc.)
    • Salaries of technical and professional staff
    • Speaker travel and accommodations
    • Materials, supplies and services, including technical services
    • Rental of equipment and space (e.g. for workshops, meetings)

    Non-eligible expenses include:

    • Research activities (e.g. field work, clinical trials, data gathering, etc.)
    • Teaching Release
    • Collection or preparation of material primarily intended for personal classroom needs or teaching purposes
    • Purchase of equipment
    • Technology transfer costs (e.g. patent filing)
    • Alcoholic beverages

    Requests for funding should include:

    1. Project Title.
    2. Name, affiliation, and email address of the person applying for funding
    3. Description of the PI (or team if applicable).
      1. Names and affiliation of principal investigator, and any team members with a brief description (100 words or fewer) of how their expertise/interests advances the project.
      2. Description of any personnel or consultants to be hired, including their contribution to the project.
    4. KMb description (Max. 2 pages)
      1. Description of the original research results to be mobilized. Please include a citation of where the research was published. If it has been accepted or is in-press but cannot be accessed yet, please include correspondence from the publisher or journal editor.
      2. Description of the target audience to be addressed.
      3. Description of the pathway to impact: which activities and/or tasks are to be undertaken, and why they will enable impact of research results.
      4. Articulate any specific skills to be acquired.
    5. Timeline including milestones for tasks and any evaluation.
    6. Budget for use of funds.
    7. Anticipated impact of the KMb activities/products.

    How to Apply

    • Applications, with the subject heading RFF <YourSurname> RIC+KIAS KMb fund should be emailed to researchimpact@ualberta.ca.
    • Signatures and a Project Activation form are not needed until recipients of this request for funding are identified.
    • Deadline 23:59 on November 18, 2019.

    Results will be announced by November 30, 2019.

    Questions? Please contact the Research Impact Canada liaisons to UAlberta: Heather.YoungLeslie@ualberta.ca or Thane.Chambers@ualberta.ca