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AIHS Knowledge-to-Action Grant
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AIHS defines knowledge translation (KT) as a deliberate process of information exchange between producers and potential users of research to support evidence-informed decision-making and decision-maker informed research, ultimately for the betterment of the health and well-being of individuals.
What is the Knowledge-to-Action Grant?
The Alberta Innovates - Health Solution Knowledge-to-Action (KTA) Grant opportunity is intended to support the uptake of research evidence into health policy, practice and commercial development of products; and to help build on the growing body of evidence for the most effective ways to approach knowledge translation (KT). The KTA Grant is a competitive, peer-reviewed award.
Level of funding: To a maximum of $25,000
Term: One year, non-renewable
What are the Objectives of the KTA Grant?
The objectives of the KTA Grant are to:
- Facilitate the movement of health research and innovation discoveries toward practical applications;
- Support the translation of research activities that are aligned with the thematic priority areas defined in Alberta’s Health Research and Innovation Strategy and other priorities identified by AIHS;
- Catalyze and support collaborative ways of integrating KT throughout the health research and innovation system;
- Advance the understanding of effective KT, improve the practice of KT, and support innovation and the use of research evidence in decision-making;
- Support commercial development of research discoveries.
A critical component of the KTA Grant is the evaluation of results, and demonstrating how these add to the body of knowledge on effective KT. The evaluation could focus on the effectiveness of KT models and mechanisms; generating new KT models; addressing methodological questions in the conduct of KT research; and testing the effectiveness of processes to develop new, more effective KT strategies.
Who is Eligible to Apply?
To apply for a KTA Grant the principal applicant must have their primary affiliation with an Alberta-based organization. Grant funds will flow through the organization of the principal applicant.
How do I Apply?
Applicants are required to submit one complete original application package (single-sided). DO NOT staple the application.
Applications may be mailed, couriered, or delivered to AIHS. All applications must be received post marked or courier stamped on or before the deadline.
Note: The application deadlines for the upcoming KTA Grant competition will be available soon.
How is my Application Assessed?
Each KTA Grant will be assessed on the following criteria:
Overall Project Description
- Do the objectives fit the criteria for the KTA grant?
- Are the objectives clear and is the scope of the objectives explained?
- Does the proposal clearly demonstrate what KT activities are being proposed?
- Does the proposal clearly explain the need and/or rationale for the KT project or research?
- Are the intended impacts of the proposed KT activities described?
Proposed KT Approach/Methodology
- Is the approach/method(s) feasible and effective for the KT activities being proposed?
- Does the application include relevant literature to support the proposed approach/method(s)?
- If the approach/method(s) differ from accepted current practice sharing knowledge with research users, is it feasible and appropriate?
- If there is a researchable question and plan for data collection, analysis and interpretation, is this clear, appropriate, and feasible?
Identification and Engagement of the Target Audience
- Are the audience(s)/user(s) clearly identified and described?
- Are potential users appropriately engaged in the project?
- Does the knowledge, expertise and experience of the team members have the potential to influence practice, policy, service delivery or programming?
- For systematic reviews, is it clearly described how the results will be used by decision-makers?
- Do the evaluation plans address both the process and the outcomes as related to the objectives of the proposed KT activities?
- Will the evaluation plans determine the potential for the proposed KT activities to advance the state of knowledge of effective KT approaches and practices?
- Is the work plan feasible given the KT activities proposed?
- Is the budget directly linked back to the proposed KT activities outlined application?
Who do I contact if I have questions?
Program Manager, Programs
Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions
Grants Coordinator, Programs
Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions