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Knowledge Mobilization Funding


The Connected Minds Knowledge Mobilization Fund plays a crucial role in implementing the Connected Minds Knowledge Mobilization Plan. Its purpose is to support the translation of research results into action, foster sustainable relationships, and match research strengths with the needs of various stakeholders, including innovators, entrepreneurs, policymakers, community groups, and government sectors. The overall goal of these funds is to maximize the real-world impact of the Connected Minds Program, specifically with regards to potential end-users and the general public at large.


1) Event sponsorships: funding levels are typically $1,000-$5,000

Sponsoring events allows Connected Minds to actively participate in the broader community. It demonstrates a commitment to engagement beyond organizational boundaries. Connected Minds also gains visibility among a relevant audience, including potential new members, partners, and stakeholders.

2) Member initiated workshops/events (Internal or External): requests between $1,000-$10,000

Supporting member-initiated/organized events facilitates the exchange of knowledge and expertise within the organization and reaching new audiences. These events should encourage collaboration and the sharing of best practices, fostering a sense of community among members.

3) Other member-initiated knowledge mobilization activities: requests may vary depending on the event and availability of funds.

Knowledge mobilization can take many forms (e.g., artistic expression, digital storytelling, creative writing, language translation, collaborative platforms, etc.). By exploring these non-traditional knowledge mobilization practices, researchers can make their work more accessible, engaging, and impactful across diverse communities and sectors.


Dependent on application type, request, & available funding

Rolling basis

Click here to submit an application

Only Connected Minds members are eligible to apply


Submit an application through the online link provided above. Components include:

  1. Proposal (max 750 words, not including supplementary materials, e.g., program schedule, budget justification, references, etc.)
    Applicants should submit a detailed proposal outlining the purpose, goals, and expected outcomes of the proposed activity.
    Proposals must provide a clear demonstration of how the KM activity aligns with Connected Minds goals.
    Please describe the community/end user/stakeholder group is being engaged in the proposed activity.
    Please indicate if this KM activity incorporates content related to Indigenous communities or research that centers on Indigenous knowledge and experiences.
  1. Budget and Resource Allocation
    A detailed budget must be provided, indicating how funds will be utilized for effective knowledge mobilization.
    Provide clear indication of any external support or partnerships contributing to the
    proposed activity.
  1. Evaluation and Approval
    The KM Committee will adjudicate applications based on the criteria detailed below.
    Decisions will be made collectively, considering the potential impact and alignment with Connected Minds objectives.
  1. Alignment with Connected Minds Vision and Mission: 40%
    Demonstrates clear alignment with the program's vision of utilizing technology to promote social health and justice.
    • Applicants are also encouraged to consider the following questions regarding Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) in their Knowledge Mobilization initiatives:
      1. Describe any efforts to ensure equitable representation and participation of underrepresented groups, including but not limited to Indigenous Peoples, racialized communities, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ individuals.
        • Example: Are there targeted outreach efforts that are culturally sensitive in appropriate community settings, financial support, or presentation/leadership opportunities available to encourage participation from underrepresented groups in the initiative?
      2. In what ways does your Knowledge Mobilization plan foster collaboration and partnership with organizations or groups representing diverse identities and backgrounds?
        • Example: Are there opportunities for co-creation and co-design of initiatives and outputs with community-based organizations, grassroots movements, or advocacy groups serving marginalized populations?
  1. Contribution to Knowledge Mobilization: 30%
    Illustrates how the proposed activity contributes to the mobilization of Connected Minds research outputs.
    Highlights potential impact on societal well-being, with a focus on diversity and equity deserving groups.
  1. Outreach and Dissemination Strategy: 30%
    Outlines a comprehensive strategy for co-creating the dissemination of Connected Minds programming and outputs with target audiences.
    Demonstrates innovative approaches to reach diverse audiences, both within and outside academia.

Successful applicants are required to submit a post-event/activity report detailing outcomes and impact within two months of the end of the event. Please include specific details such as number of attendees, profile of attendees (trainees, scholars, partners, etc.)

Note: These guidelines are subject to periodic review and adjustment by the Connected Minds Knowledge Mobilization Committee.

Last updated: 03/01/2024