Building Capacity

Supports the advancement of knowledge translation concepts, theories, practices and training

Science Policy Fellowships

"Science Policy Fellowships – a unique opportunity to gain health policy experience"

Have you ever wondered how research evidence can be used to inform health policy? Have you ever considered contributing your research knowledge to developing evidence-informed policy? Have you ever asked yourself how your research could be useful to policy makers? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the Science Policy Fellowships program might be for you.

The Science Policy Fellowships program gives health researchers and trainees the opportunity to gain real world experience in health policy making. Researchers from all areas of health can apply to spend six to twelve months in a policy setting where they will work as part of a policy team.

For more information on how to apply, please view the complete funding opportunity, or contact Jasmine Lefebvre at or 613-952-8965.

"The CIHR Science Policy Fellowship was a unique opportunity to really step out of my academic setting and get a sense of what matters most in policy development” says Jason Millar, a Science Policy Fellow who recently completed his fellowship at Health Canada. “Working alongside the policy experts at Health Canada allowed me to translate my research into a meaningful health policy discussion. Because of the links existing between Health Canada and the Canadian healthcare industry, the Fellowship also gave me a better understanding of how to bridge the gap between research and innovation".

CIHR Knowledge Translation Award

Acknowledges Canadian health research achievements that have had a significant impact on health, health care, and health research

These prizes recognize the exemplary knowledge translation efforts and activities of an individual, team or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to increasing the application of research findings, improving the health of individuals, health services and products, or strengthening the health-care system.

Nominations must demonstrate that the nominee has:

  • Carried out KT activities that contributed considerably to moving research findings into practice or policy (including intellectual property protection, licensing activities, patents, spin-off company formation) by facilitating the synthesis, dissemination, exchange and ethically sound application of knowledge in Canada and/or abroad;

  • Made a significant impact to the improvements in the health of individuals and/or health services/products and/or the health care system.

The amount for the Knowledge Translation Prize is $100,000 per annum, for one year and will be awarded to the top overall applicant.

For questions about this initiative and research objectives, please contact Kiera Keown at or 613-948-2725.

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Past KT Funding

Please note that the following KT programs have been discontinued. CIHR is harmonizing its programming to increase the coherence and impact of its strategic investments and to attain operational efficiencies. To this end, CIHR has reviewed its slate of programming and has made the decision to discontinue a number of programs, including those listed below. CIHR remains committed to knowledge translation, and continues to support KT and capacity development through other strategic funding opportunities and initiatives.

  • KT Priority Announcements
  • Health Research Communications Award
  • Elizabeth Dickson KT Fellowship Supplement
  • Jonathon Lomas KT Doctoral Research Award Knowledge Translation Branch
  • Monique Bégin KT New Investigator Award
  • CIHR-CMAJ Top Achievements in Health Research

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