ResearchImpact receives grant extension

York University and University of Victoria have received an extension of the Intellectual Property Mobilization (IPM) grant to Nov. 30. This grant by the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) was initially awarded to the two collaborating universities for ResearchImpact in 2005, funding activities to June 2008.

ResearchImpact is Canada’s emerging knowledge mobilization network connecting the two universities’ researchers with community and government organizations to support the use of research in decision-making about social programming, public policy and professional practice. This unique initiative has matched approximately 100 knowledge creators (faculty and graduate students) with over 70 partner organizations.

This was the first IPM grant in the 10-year history of the IPM program that funded knowledge mobilization for policy and professional practice research. In spring 2008 this tri-council program afforded all active IPM grantees the opportunity to extend their existing grants by 18 months.

The Knowledge Mobilization Unit at York is supported by SSHRC and CIHR grants, and by the Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation (York) and Office of the Vice-President Research (UVic), as well as from local partners.

For more information on the initiative and funding opportunities for 2009, visit the ResearchImpact Web site.