35 Knowledge Impact in Society SSHRC New Funding Opportunity

PDAD&C #35, 2005-06


To: Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
From: John R.G. Challis, Vice-President, Research and Associate Provost
Date: November 3, 2005
Re:  Knowledge Impact in Society SSHRC New Funding Opportunity

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has launched the KNOWLEDGE IMPACT IN SOCIETY (KIS) funding program. Letters of Interest of no more than two pages are due at SSHRC by December 9, 2005, followed by a full proposal which is due by January 20, 2006. Letters of Interest are not adjudicated; applicants who submit the Letter of Interest will submit a full proposal. Results will be announced in March 2006.

The KIS program will fund university-based knowledge mobilization strategies that take existing academic research knowledge to non-university stakeholders engaged in social, cultural, economic, or
public policy issues. The program also aims to facilitate two-way exchange of perspectives and expertise between the non-academic and academic partners. As a result, all applications to KIS must involve partnerships with one or more organizations from the community. This is an excellent opportunity for faculty who have established networks through current or previous research endeavors, or those who have established working relationships with partners outside of the academic community to engage in, or sustain knowledge mobilization activities.

The KIS program will provide a maximum of $100,000 annually for up to three years. The amount of funding requested from SSHRC must be matched by the university (or the universities in the case of joint proposals) in the form of cash commitments.

SSHRC will award ten KIS grants. There is no limit on the number of proposals submitted by a university, and universities may submit joint proposals, however only one KIS grant will be awarded per university.
Each proposal must also identify a coordinator who may be a university-based researcher, a project manager, or a representative from the community partner. If the coordinator is based at a non-academic organization, such as a community partner, the proposal must still be led and submitted by the university (not the non-academic organization.)

For more information or to discuss this program, please contact Drew York, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Partnerships Officer at (416) 978-7324 or by e-mail at drew.york@utoronto.ca
. Details about KIS can also be found on SSHRC’s web-site at:

If you wish to apply to the KIS program: 

  1. Please advise Drew that you will be applying. 
  2. Complete the Letter of Interest, the details of which can be found on the web-site link noted below, and an RIS form. The Letter and the RIS form must be submitted to Drew no later than December 2, 2005. 
  3. Begin preparing your full proposal, which should be provided to Drew no later than January 13, 2006. The application form and instructions for the Full Proposal should be available on SSHRC’s web site by November 11, 2005.