CPA Summit on Knowledge Mobilization


Increasingly, CPA members have been expressing concern at not knowing what funders are looking for in terms of the knowledge mobilization components of grants. In response, the CPA held a 1-day Summit in Ottawa (Westin Hotel) on Thursday, November 12th, 2015 to explore the issue.

The Summitwas structured as follows:

  • The morning was devoted to hearing from representatives from each of CIHR, SSHRC, NSERC, and the NCE, as well as speakers recognized for their successful knowledge mobilization strategies.
  • Participants spent the afternoon in a workshop designed to help them develop a successful mobilization strategy.

If you were unable to attend this historic Summit, please click here for a more detailed report on the day’s events.

What Do the Tri-Council Agencies Look for in a Grant Application?

A knowledge mobilization strategy is becoming increasingly important in grant applications. However, the components of a successful knowledge mobilization strategy vary greatly depending on the area in which you conduct research and the funding agency to which you apply.

To help you determine how to approach the knowledge mobilization aspect of your grant application, the CPA video recorded presentations by representatives of the three Tri-Council Agencies. Please click on the links below to hear what SSHRC, NSERC, and CIHR look for in your grant application.

Other Invited Speakers

In addition to the representatives of the Tri-Council Agencies, participants at the Knowledge Mobilization Summit heard from several federal, provincial, and academic experts on knowledge mobilization. These presentations took participants beyond the recommendations of the Tri-Council Agencies by providing both broader context and concrete, in-depth examples demonstrating successful approaches to knowledge mobilization.

As a result, this Summit owes its success not only to the invaluable contributions of the Tri-Council Agencies, but also to the creative presentations and hands-on activities provided by the following knowledge mobilization experts:

    Renée I. Leduc, M.Sc.
    Program Officer Networks of Centres of Excellence – An initiative of Canada’s research granting agencies

    David J. Phipps, Ph.D., MBA
    Executive Director, Research & Innovation Services
    Division of Vice-President Research & Innovation / Office of Research Services
    York University

    Purnima Sundar, Ph.D.
    Director, Knowledge Mobilization
    Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health

    Christine T. Chambers, Ph.D., R.Psych.
    Professor of Pediatrics and Psychology & Neuroscience
    Dalhousie University and IWK Health Centre

    Jonathan A. Weiss, Ph.D., C.Psych.
    Associate Professor • Chair in Autism Spectrum Disorders Treatment and Care Research
    Department of Psychology
    Faculty of Health
    York University

If you have any questions about the Summit, please do not hesitate to contact us either by email at or by phone: 613-237-2144 ext 323.