CIHR Knowledge Translation e-Newsletter – March 2012

In this issue:

  1. Knowledge to Action: Profiles from the Community
  2. News from Ian Graham, Vice-President, CIHR
  3. KT Funding News
  4. KT Learning Resources and Opportunities
  5. KT Events
  6. KT Community News

1. Knowledge to Action: Profiles from the Community

CIHR Knowledge Translation Award - 2011

According to Dr. Geoffrey Fong, the most difficult aspect of knowledge translation (KT) is just convincing people to pay attention to research findings. But since he started the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project (ITC), Dr. Fong hasn't just captured policy makers' attention - his evaluation findings have been helping set the global agenda on tobacco regulation.

Dr. Fong and his team have rigorously evaluated the impact of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the first-ever health treaty, which has been ratified by 174 countries. Dr. Fong created the ITC Project before the FCTC was founded in 2003, realizing that the treaty provided a unique opportunity to measure the impact of graphic warning labels, smoke-free laws, and other policies designed to curb tobacco use around the world. Through large surveys repeated over time, Dr. Fong and his colleagues are evaluating tobacco control policies in 23 countries inhabited by over half of the world's population and as diverse as China, Bangladesh, Canada, Brazil, Bhutan and Germany. Their cross-country studies have led to stronger tobacco control policies throughout the world.

But there is more work to be done. In sub-Saharan Africa, where tobacco use is still low, there is an opportunity to see if policies that have been successful in other countries can "inoculate" the population against this deadly addiction. And in the United States, the ITC Project is playing a prominent role in measuring the impact of the Food and Drug Administration's new regulatory authority over tobacco products.

Dr. Fong credits Canada's leadership in knowledge translation for helping him and his team put their research findings into action, saying "I feel proud to be a part of a world-leading effort by CIHR to get science from health researchers to practice and policy."

Dr. Geoffrey T. Fong, AB, PhD
Professor, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario and Senior Investigator, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, Ontario

The CIHR Knowledge Translation Award honours and supports the exemplary knowledge translation efforts and activities of an exceptional individual, team or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to increasing the application of research findings, improving the health of Canadians, health services and products, or strengthening the health-care system.

2. News from Ian Graham, Vice-President, CIHR

Proposed Reforms of Open Programs and Peer Review

As part of our ongoing discussions on the CIHR reforms, we are pleased to share with you the "Open Suite of Programs and Peer Review Enhancements" discussion paper, which can be found on the CIHR website.

Your feedback on the proposed changes to our Open programs and peer review processes is important and will be considered, analyzed and used to inform design and implementation decisions going forward.

We encourage you to share your perspectives and comments with us from February 9, 2012 to March 30, 2012.

You can submit feedback by:

We are looking forward to an on-going, active, and productive discussion with our research community about the new Open Suite of Programs and Peer Review Enhancements over the coming months.

3. KT Funding News

a) Planning Grants (Spring 2012)

The KT Branch will provide support for planning activities, partnership development and/or increasing understanding of the health research landscape that will contribute to the advancement of research consistent with the mandate of CIHR.

Planning Grants - Priority Announcements offer additional sources of funding for highly rated applications that are relevant to specific CIHR research priority areas or mandates.

Maximum amount per grant: $25,000 for up to one year
Application deadline: June 15, 2012
Funding start date: November 1, 2012
Contact: yumna.choudhry@cihr-irsc.gc.ca or 613-954-1944

b) Dissemination Events (Spring 2012)

The KT Branch will provide support to dissemination events/activities (e.g. meetings, workshops, symposia, etc.) that focus on the communication of health research evidence to the appropriate researcher and/or knowledge user audience(s), tailoring the message and medium as appropriate.

Dissemination Events - Priority Announcements offer additional sources of funding for highly rated applications that are relevant to specific CIHR research priority areas or mandates.

Maximum amount per grant: $25,000 for up to one year
Application deadline: June 15, 2012
Funding start date: November 1, 2012
Contact: yumna.choudhry@cihr-irsc.gc.ca or 613-954-1944

c) Health Research Communications Award (2011-2012)

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to build capacity in health journalism and communications across all sectors of health research, including biomedical, clinical, health services and policy, and population and public health. By increasing the number of Canadians engaged in communicating and disseminating the results of health research, in a variety of formats, CIHR hopes to raise the level of understanding of health related issues and research among a variety of audiences, including the general public, health professionals and policy makers. It is expected that this targeted investment will lead to more effective communication of health research in Canada.

The maximum amount is $17,500 per year for up to 2 years.

Application deadline: April 2, 2012
Funding start date: September 1, 2012

For more information, please contact Roberta Lloyd, Specialist, Knowledge Exchange at 613-948-2776 or by e-mail at roberta.lloyd@cihr-irsc.gc.ca.

d) Knowledge Translation Supplement

Please note that there will be no February Knowledge Translation Supplement competition and that the program has been suspended until further notice. Future plans for this program will be announced as soon as possible.

Contact: yumna.choudhry@cihr-irsc.gc.ca or 613-954-1944

e) Knowledge Synthesis: Spring 2012 Competition

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to support teams of researchers and knowledge users to produce knowledge syntheses and scoping reviews that will contribute to the use of synthesized evidence in decision-making and practice.

Priority Announcements offer additional sources of funding for highly rated applications that are relevant to specific CIHR research priority areas or mandates.

The maximum amount awarded for a synthesis grant is $100,000 for one (1) year and the maximum amount awarded for a scoping review is $50,000 for one (1) year.

Application deadline: April 2, 2012
Funding start date: October 1, 2012

For more information, please write to jasmine.lefebvre@cihr-irsc.gc.ca

f) The CIHR Partnership Award

The CIHR Partnership Award annually recognizes a partnership that exemplifies excellence. The recipients receive a $25,000 award in the form of a one-year research grant for advancing the research or knowledge translation activities of the partnership.

These partnerships involve organizations from the private, voluntary or public sectors. They bring health research communities together:

  • to create innovative approaches to research questions;
  • to develop research agendas that are responsive to the health needs, concerns and priorities of Canadians; and
  • to accelerate the translation of knowledge for the benefit of Canadians.

The Award

Recipient(s) will receive a $25,000 award in the form of a one-year research grant, to be used by the awardee(s) to advance the research or knowledge translation activities of the partnership. Winners agree to be highlighted on the CIHR website, in communication materials and included in a commemoration of all CIHR award winners at CIHR's corporate office. In addition, the partnership may be written up as a "best practice" for the CIHR partnership casebook.

Details on the eligibility and selection criteria are available on CIHR's website.

How to Nominate

Nomination packages must include:

  • Partnership Nomination Form (see attached)
  • Summary of how the partnership meets each of the five selection criterion using the criteria as subheadings (Two page maximum, single spaced, one sided, Times New Roman 12 pt. font)
  • Brief description of the organizations responsible for moving the partnership forward
  • One letter of recommendation from either a CIHR representative or an external source. Additional letters of recommendation will not be considered.

The deadline for nominations is May 1, 2012. Faxed nomination packages will not be accepted.

For questions about the award, please contact:

Rosa Venuta
Senior Advisor, Citizen Engagement
Partnerships and Citizen Engagement Branch
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Telephone: 613-941-1006
E-mail: rosa.venuta@cihr-irsc.gc.ca

Please send nomination packages to:

Claire Belanger
claire.belanger@cihr-irsc.gc.ca
Partnerships and Citizen Engagement Branch
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Room 97, 160 Elgin Street
Address locator: 4809A
Ottawa, ON K1A 0W9

Please note that the recipient of the CIHR Partnership Award must read and agree to respect all of the policies of CIHR that are relevant to the research being undertaken, including the Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research.

4. KT Learning Resources and Opportunities

a) Students! Check out KT Canada's Student Corner

Sharon Strauss interviews Melissa Brouwers, Dave Davis, Martin P. Eccles, Russ Glasgow, Ian Graham, Jeremy Grimshaw, Brian Haynes, John Lavis, France Légaré, Ann McKibbon, Brian Mittman, and Michel Wensing.

b) Knowledge Translation Canada Summer Institute 2012

CIHR is pleased to announce the Knowledge Translation (KT) Canada Summer Institute to be held in Ottawa from June 4-6, 2012. This workshop will allow participants to increase their understanding of:

  • KT research
  • opportunities and challenges in this field

The Summer Institute will enable participants to network with colleagues, including national and international KT experts.

The theme of the 2012 Institute is "Developing KT Leaders/Practitioners of Tomorrow".

The Summer Institute is aimed at graduate students, post-doctoral and clinical fellows who study issues relevant to KT and those who want to learn more about how to advance their research skills in this area.

We encourage applications from trainees working in a wide range of disciplines that span all of CIHR's research themes (biomedical, clinical, health services, and population health).

This year, the SI is open to Junior Faculty. We welcome new faculty and senior faculty new to KT to apply. The cost for faculty to attend is $1000 (covers registration, accommodation for 3 nights, course materials and food associated with the SI)

You can obtain further information and download the application form on the KT Canada website.

The application deadline is March 15, 2012, 11:59 PM.

c) Now Available! The CIHR-IGH Gender, Sex and Health Research Casebook

The CIHR Institute of Gender and Health is pleased to present What a Difference Sex and Gender Make: A Gender, Sex and Health Research Casebook.

This peer-reviewed casebook presents a range of research-based accounts that illustrate how attending to gender and sex in health research contributes to advancing knowledge, strengthening science and improving knowledge translation. Written from a critically reflective vantage point, chapters share health researchers' experiences in how they came to understand and engage gender and sex in their work. This collection demonstrates that there is much to be gained from the routine integration of gender and sex across the health research spectrum.

Now available online. For print copies and other supplemental materials including an accompanying curricular unit and e-reader version, please contact IGH Knowledge Translation Manager Stephanie Coen at scoen@exchange.ubc.ca.

d) KT Canada Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research (STIHR) Fellowship

CIHR is pleased to announce the KT Canada funding opportunities for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.

With hospitals and community agencies, we have developed a multidisciplinary, collaborative Clinical Research Initiative (KT Canada) involving colleagues from 8 universities (Calgary, Alberta, Western, Ottawa, McMaster, Toronto, Laval, Prince Edward Island) across Canada to identify and study solutions to ensure that Canadians have tools and skills necessary for KT. In June 2009, KT Canada was awarded a Strategic Training in Health Research (STIHR) grant to create an internationally-recognized national training initiative to enhance capacity in KT and KT research.

As part of the KT Canada training program, trainees will participate in a monthly e-seminar series, research methodology e-seminars, an annual summer institute, and modular distance learning e-courses. Trainees will also secure a mentor from the KT Canada network, develop and revise an annual learning and objectives profile.

You can obtain further information and download the application form on the KT Canada website.

The application deadline is March 15, 2012, 11:59 PM.

Please note that links to external websites in the CIHR-KT Newsletter do not imply an endorsement by CIHR of the views, information or products provided or held by such websites.

5. KT Events

Cochrane Canada Symposium 2012 - Health Evidence for All

The 10th Annual Cochrane Canada Symposium will be held in Winnipeg on May 9 and 10, 2012. The conference's co-sponsors are the University of Manitoba and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

6. Community News

2011 CIHR-CMAJ Top Achievements in Health Research Awards

CIHR and the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) recently celebrated the work of exceptional researchers when they announced the six recipients of the 2011 CIHR-CMAJ Top Achievements in Health Research Awards on January 23. A peer-review panel of Canadian and international experts selected the exceptional individuals based on the considerable impact of their work for Canadians and others worldwide.

Recipients of the 2011 CIHR-CMAJ Top Achievements in Health Research Awards:

  • Dr. Daniel Drucker for his innovative work in improving the lives of patients with type 2 diabetes (Toronto, Ontario) - Special mention
  • Dr. Gideon Koren, Dr. Katarina Aleksa, Ms. Adrienne Einarson, Mr. Joey Gareri, Dr. Shinya Ito, and Dr. Irena Nulman for revolutionizing the area of medication safety in pregnancy (Toronto, Ontario) - Special mention
  • Dr. Marvin Fritzler for identifying novel autoantigens that resulted in new diagnostic testing and biomarkers for autoimmune diseases (Calgary, Alberta)
  • Dr. Terry Klassen, Dr. Lisa Hartling, Dr. David Johnson, Dr. Martin Osmond, and Dr. Amy Plint for improving health outcomes of acutely ill and injured children visiting pediatric emergency departments (across Canada)
  • Drs. Anthony Tang and George Wells for helping reduce cardiac mortality rates with resynchronization therapy and implantable defibrillators in heart failure (Ottawa, Ontario)
  • Dr. Michael Hill , Dr. Shelagh Coutts, Dr. Andrew Demchuk, and Dr. Eric Smith for the Calgary Stroke Program (Calgary, Alberta) that has changed the face of stroke care by thoroughly integrating research and clinical care

A fourth round of the Awards will be launched in summer 2012. CIHR and CMAJ welcome applications from individuals or teams working as health researchers, health professionals, policy makers, or administrators.

If you would like to advertise your event or activity in this e-newsletter, please contact Knowledge Translation at: kt-ac@cihr-irsc.gc.ca.