CIHR-Institute of Aging Betty Havens Prize for Knowledge Translation in Aging

Important Dates

Application Deadline 2015-03-27
Anticipated Notice of Decision 2015-07-02
Funding Start Date 2015-07-02

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Through the Betty Havens Prize for Knowledge Translation in Aging, the CIHR-Institute of Aging will recognize individual(s), team(s) or organization(s) that have advanced the translation of research in aging at a local or regional level.

Betty Havens was a leading gerontologist committed to improving the lives of senior citizens, with notable achievements in health services research on the aging process. She created one of the world's richest research infrastructures - the Aging in Manitoba Study (AIM) - which is used both across Canada and internationally. Betty Havens carried out her research while she was a full-time policy maker, acting as a research director, provincial gerontologist, and, ultimately, assistant deputy minister of community and long-term care in Manitoba. Her research continues to influence the creation of policy today.

Throughout her 30-year career Betty Havens made real achievements and accomplishments as a decision maker, researcher, communicator, supporter of students, and mentor of young scholars.

Funds Available

CIHR and external partner(s) financial contributions for this initiative are subject to availability of funds. Should CIHR or external partner(s) funding levels not be available or are decreased due to unforeseen circumstances, CIHR and partner(s) reserve the right to reduce, defer or suspend financial contributions to grants received as a result of this funding opportunity.

  • The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $20,000, enough to fund one prize.
  • The maximum amount for the Betty Havens Prize for Knowledge Translation in Aging is $20,000 per annum, for one year.


The aim of the CIHR-Institute of Aging Betty Havens Prize for Knowledge Translation in Aging is to recognize outstanding achievements and excellence in knowledge translation in aging at a local or regional level, and to provide financial support to further foster excellence and innovation in knowledge translation activities.

The achievements of the individual, team or organization that is the recipient of the CIHR-Institute of Aging Betty Havens Prize for Knowledge Translation in Aging will be celebrated at the Canadian Association on Gerontology Annual Scientific and Education Meeting (or another relevant venue). Recipients will also be highlighted in CIHR communication materials.

Nominations for the Betty Havens Prize for Knowledge Translation in Aging must demonstrate that the nominee has:

  • contributed significantly to moving research findings into practice or policy by facilitating the synthesis, dissemination, exchange and ethically sound application of knowledge at a local or regional level;
  • KT activities that are specifically related/targeted to a community and/or region and are aimed at bridging the gap between knowledge and practice/policy and facilitating the dissemination, uptake and application of knowledge in this context;
  • linked research/researchers with decision makers/knowledge users locally and/or regionally in order to improve the health of Canadians and/or health services/products and/or the Canadian health care system (policy or practice);
  • KT efforts and strategies that have been successful in influencing or changing local, regional or provincial policy or practice;
  • formed strong partnerships with other local/regional organizations.

Relevant Research Areas:

The CIHR-Institute of Aging will provide funding for nominations that are determined to be relevant to the following research areas:

Relevant KT activities must be clearly related to the health and wellness of older Canadians, and on identifying tangible solutions that will have a real impact on Canada's aging population. The underpinning research should have addressed issues of aging and/or the aged as essential elements of the objectives, hypotheses and analyses (e.g., dynamics of aging, age-relevant models and/or aged subjects; uniqueness of aging or aged population).


Eligibility criteria for all CIHR research funding programs apply. The business office of the institution of an eligible Nominated Principal Applicant generally administers CIHR funds. Refer to the Individual Eligibility Requirements regarding the eligibility requirements for individuals and institutions.

Eligibility to Apply

CIHR welcomes nominations from individuals, teams or organizations working in Canada in the health field, including:

  • Health planners, managers, policy makers and administrators
  • Health practitioners
  • Independent health researchers
  • Not-for-profit organizations with a research or knowledge translation mandate including professional associations
  • Public health or public policy workers
  • Groups representing survivors of, or patients with, a specific health problem

While CIHR funding is not a pre-requisite for eligibility, CIHR expects that the exemplary knowledge translation activities of eligible individuals, teams or organizations will normally have attracted external merit-based funding.

Members of the CIHR Governing Council, CIHR Scientific Directors and CIHR staff are not eligible for this prize. Candidates may be nominated on more than one occasion provided that they continue to meet the eligibility requirements. Nominations that were not successful in a previous Betty Havens Prize competition may be nominated by submitting a new full nomination with recent updates on impact.

The Betty Havens Prize for Knowledge Translation in Aging can be received by an individual, team or organization only once.


General CIHR Guidelines

This funding opportunity will comply fully with the policies and guidelines as outlined in the CIHR Grants and Awards Guide. Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate the use of Gender and Sex-Based Analysis in applications. CIHR also recognizes the importance of engaging citizens in its funding opportunities. CIHR encourages researchers to involve citizens where appropriate, and to provide in their research proposal a brief description of how they intend to involve them when applicable. Please see CIHR’s Citizen Engagement Framework for more information.

Allowable Costs

Recipients should review the Use of Grant Funds section of the Tri-Agency (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC) Financial Administration Guide for a complete listing and description of allowable costs and activities.

Global Health Research and International Collaborations

As outlined in the CIHR Grants and Awards Guide Global Health Research Section and the International Collaborations Section, applicants who are eligible for CIHR funding may apply to CIHR’s funding opportunities for funds to support research to be carried out in, or in direct collaboration with researchers and/or knowledge users based in, other countries. CIHR contributes to, and supports international research projects and international collaborations to address a range of research areas, including but not limited to established priorities in global health research and contributes to the development of health-research capacity both internationally and at home.

Conditions of Funding

Successful applicants funded through this funding opportunity and any other persons working on the project must comply fully with the CIHR Funding Policies. Policies and guidelines cover areas such as Applicant Responsibilities, Official Languages policy, Access to Information and Privacy Acts, and Acknowledgement of CIHR's Support. Successful applicants will be informed of any special financial requirements prior to the release of funds or when they receive CIHR's Authorization for Funding (AFF) document.

Access to Information Act and Privacy Act, and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA)

All personal information collected by CIHR about applicants is used to review applications, to recruit reviewers, to administer and monitor grants and awards, to compile statistics, and to promote and support health research in Canada. Consistent with these purposes, applicants should also expect that information collected by CIHR may be shared as described in the Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Policy of the Federal Research Funding Organizations (COIC).

CIHR as a federal entity is subject to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act, therefore the requirements of these two statutes will apply to all information located in CIHR’s premises including, without limitation, cost-sharing agreements related to this funding opportunity and all matters pertaining thereto.

While respecting the application of the Privacy Act to federal entities, all signing parties involved in a collaborative agreement will also be bound by the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). All personal information (as identified by the PIPEDA) collected, used or disclosed in the course of any commercial activity under collaborative agreements related to the Funding opportunity will be collected, used and disclosed in compliance with the PIPEDA.

Tri-Council Guidelines for Health Research Involving Aboriginal People

Applicants, whose proposed research will involve Aboriginal People, please consult Ethics of Health Research Involving First Nations, Inuit and Métis People.

Open Access Policy

CIHR believes that greater access to research publications and data will promote the ability of researchers and knowledge users in Canada and abroad to use and build on the knowledge needed to address significant health challenges. Open access will promote accessibility to CIHR-funded research and will serve to increase the international visibility of Canadian research. As of January 1, 2008, CIHR grant recipients are reminded to adhere with the responsibilities outlined in the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications. Under this policy, grant recipients must make every effort to ensure that research papers and bio-molecular data generated from CIHR funding are freely accessible online.

Communication Requirements

Funding recipients are required to acknowledge CIHR, its institutes and partners in any communication or publication related to the project. See Communication of Competition Results for details on CIHR’s communication requirements. The contributing institutes/partners will be identified on the Authorization for Funding (AFF) and decision letter.

Performance Measurement

CIHR is committed to collecting and disseminating information on the outputs and impacts of the research it funds. This information is an important part of CIHR accountability within the Federal Government and to Canadians:

  • The Nominated Principal Applicant will be required to submit an electronic Final Report to CIHR.
  • The funding recipient must contribute to the monitoring, review and evaluation of CIHR’s programs, policies and processes by participating in evaluation studies, surveys, workshops, audits and providing data or reports as required for the purpose of collecting information to assess progress and results.
  • The funding recipient must also encourage their associates, trainees and administration to participate in the monitoring, review and evaluation of CIHR’s programs, policies and processes as required.

Review Process and Evaluation

Relevance Review Process

The CIHR Institute of Aging provide funding for applications that are relevant to (in alignment with) the objectives and research priority areas described in the Objectives section.

Prior to the review process, the CIHR-Institute of Aging will be given access to full applications in order to conduct a relevance review.

Nominations that are not deemed to be relevant will be withdrawn from the competition.

The following criteria will be used in conducting the relevance review:

  • Alignment with the objectives and relevant research areas of this funding opportunity

Review Committee

A CIHR review committee will evaluate the full nominations. The committee will be created specifically for this funding opportunity. Committee members are selected following the Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Policy of the Federal Research Funding Organizations (COIC).

For information on CIHR’s peer review process in general, see the Understand Peer Review section of CIHR’s website.

Evaluation Criteria

Peer review will be conducted in accordance with the CIHR Peer Review Manual for the Knowledge Translation Prize and the Betty Havens Prize for Knowledge Translation in Aging.

CIHR Institute of Aging Betty Havens Prize for Knowledge Translation in Aging nominations will be reviewed by a peer review committee, which may include Canadian and international researchers, members of the private sector, and knowledge users with expertise in knowledge translation.

Nominations will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • To what extend does the nomination demonstrate evidence of influence on the synthesis, dissemination, exchange and ethically sound application of knowledge at the local or regional level?
  • To what extent does the nomination demonstrate significant improvement of the health of individuals in Canada, more effective health services and products, and/or strengthening of the health system?
  • How strong are the letters of support for the nominee(s)?

Funding Decision

The successful recipient of the Betty Havens Prize for Knowledge Translation in Aging will be determined by the peer review committee.

Applications that receive a rating below 3.5 will not be funded.

How to Apply

Note: This funding opportunity does not require the use of ResearchNet to apply for funding.

The nomination process for this funding opportunity is comprised of one step: Nomination.

Reminder to nominators: Please ensure that your nomination is complete (including all required signatures and is submitted on time to CIHR.

Nomination Process

Anyone with direct knowledge of the contribution of the nominee(s) can nominate the individual, team or organization. Nominators can be colleagues or any organizations or individuals who have benefited from the nominee's activities. Self-nominations will not be accepted. The nomination package must include the following items:

  1. The nomination form [ PDF (237 KB) ]
  2. Two signed letters of support:
    • One signed letter from the nominator, and;
    • One signed letter from an individual/organization that has direct knowledge of the nominee's contributions in knowledge translation.
    • The letters should serve to endorse the summary description provided by the nominee.
  3. A signed letter from nominee
    • One letter from the nominee accepting the nomination.
    • The nominee’s signature must be included.
    • If an organization is being nominated, the signature of one representative is accepted.
  4. Short biography of nominee(s)
    • Maximum 2 pages per biography; Times New Roman 12pt font.
    • For organizations or teams that are nominated, no more than six member biographies can be included. Biographies beyond the maximum allowed will be removed.
    • Please do not include any personal contact information in the biographies.
  5. A summary description (of the knowledge translation activities):
    • Maximum 3 pages of text (single-spaced, one-sided, Times New Roman 12 pt font) including references and bibliography.
    • Prepared by the nominator with or without the nominee.
    • The summary must include the following sub-sections:
      1. Knowledge Translation Activities:
        Describe the knowledge translation activities with reference to how they influenced the adoption of knowledge in terms of synthesis, dissemination, exchange and ethically sound application. Include the strength of the evidence supporting the knowledge that was applied and outline how the knowledge translation activities were evaluated. It is recommended to justify the KT strategy employed and explain why it was selected (was the KT strategy evidence-based?). If applicable, include a description of the nature of the interactions between researchers and knowledge-users as part of the knowledge translation process.
      2. Impact:
        Describe and provide evidence of the impact of the knowledge translation activities (and how the impact was measured) in terms of improving the health of individuals in Canada and/or abroad, providing more effective health services and products and strengthening the health care system nationally and/or internationally. Please also detail how previous CIHR funding, if applicable, has contributed to the nominee's knowledge translation activities/research (include grant and/or award FRN numbers).
  6. Up to five supporting documents
    • Documents that demonstrate knowledge translation activities and/or impact: such as clippings, testimonials, workshop materials, posters, journal articles, reports, technical reports, policies.
    • Nominators are encouraged to submit a range of supporting documents bearing in mind the time required by the review committee to evaluate lengthy attachments, and to submit weblinks in instances where the material is available online, accompanied by a brief description summarizing the piece.
    • All attachments (including audio and video files) must be provided in a format that can be easily viewed. Please ensure custom software is not required as the nomination packages will be sent to the review committee.
    • Provide a cover page (maximum 2 pages) briefly outlining the five supporting documents being submitted.
    • Additional documents will be removed from the nomination package.

    Note: In order to minimize the number of USB keys mailed to reviewers, we ask that nominators limit the size of the files submitted as supporting documents. If the total size of your supporting documents will exceed 30 MB, please contact CIHR (see the Contact Information section) sufficiently in advance of the application deadline to discuss alternate arrangements. Note that, in such instances, nominators may be required to provide a minimum of 4 separate copies.

  7. Consent forms:
    • The nominee(s) must complete and sign the following two forms:
      • “Applicant consent form for use and disclosure of personal information provided to CIHR for peer review” [ PDF (287 KB) ]. Note that nominees must agree to the use and disclosure of full application and nominative information for relevance review and funding decisions to be considered for IMHA or additional partner funding.
      • “Consent to Disclosure of Personal Information” [ PDF (53 KB) ]. The Nominated Principal Applicant, Candidate, Principal Applicants, Principal Knowledge Users, Knowledge Users, Co-Applicants, Primary Supervisors and Supervisors (as applicable) must complete and sign the form indicating their consent. For more information see “The Meaning of Signatures on Applications”.
    • Please note that as per current CIHR policies, digital signatures are not accepted. For more information see "Required Signatures on Applications".
  8. One original, fully printed, hard copy of the full nomination package (including supporting documents, where applicable).
  9. One electronic copy
    • An electronic copy of the full nomination package is required (either on CD or USB key).
    • Reminder: all attachments must be provided in a format that can be easily viewed. Please ensure custom software is not required as the nomination packages will be sent to the review committee as-is.

Please courier the completed nomination package to:

Betty Havens Prize
c/o Sharon Nadeau, Associate Strategic Initiatives
Institute of Aging
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
160 Elgin Street, 10th floor
Address locator: 4809A
Ottawa ON K1A 0W9

Note: The nomination package must be courier stamped no later than the application deadline date.

Contact Information

For questions about this initiative and research objectives contact:

Sharon Nadeau
Associate, Strategic Initiatives, Institute of Aging
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Telephone: 613-946-1270
Fax: 613-954-1800

Sponsor Description

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada’s health research investment agency. CIHR’s mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 13,700 health researchers and trainees across Canada.

CIHR – Institute of Aging
The Institute of Aging's mandate is the aging person in an aging society, and the effects of different diseases and conditions on aging. Its goal is to improve the quality of life and health of older Canadians by understanding and addressing or preventing the consequences of a wide range of factors associated with aging.

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