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Betty Havens Prize for Knowledge Mobilization in Aging

Award to a Canada Individual, Team, or Organization
for Advancing Research About Aging

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Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

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Award of $20,000 to a Canada individual, team, or organization to acknowledge achievements in advancing research about the aging process. Recipients will be expected to attend a meeting to accept their prize. The recipient will also be highlighted in the funding source's communication materials.

The CIHR Institute of Aging Betty Havens Prize for Knowledge Mobilization in Aging recognizes an individual, team or organization that has advanced the mobilization of research in aging at a local or regional level. This prize is based on nominations of applicants by peers, teams or organizations.

The achievements of the individual, team or organization that is the recipient of the CIHR Institute of Aging Betty Havens Prize for Knowledge Mobilization in Aging will be celebrated at the Canadian Association on Gerontology (CAG) Annual Scientific and Education Meeting. Recipients are expected to attend the CAG meeting to receive their prize and to address meeting participants. The recipient will also be highlighted in CIHR communication materials.

The Betty Havens Prize funding opportunity is expected to:

  • Recognize outstanding achievements and excellence in knowledge mobilization (KM) in aging at a local or regional level; and,
  • Provide financial support to further foster excellence and innovation in KM activities.

Nominations for the prize must demonstrate that the nominee has:

  • Contributed significantly to moving research findings into practice or policy by facilitating the synthesis, dissemination, exchange and ethically sound application of knowledge at a local or regional level;
  • Engaged in knowledge mobilization (KM) activities that are specifically related/targeted to a community and/or region and are aimed at bridging the gap between knowledge and practice/policy and facilitating the dissemination, uptake and application of knowledge in this context;
  • Linked research/researchers with decision makers/knowledge users locally and/or regionally in order to improve the health of Canadians and/or health services/products and/or the Canadian health care system (policy or practice);
  • Engaged in KM efforts and strategies that have been successful in influencing or changing local, regional or provincial policy or practice; and
  • Formed strong partnerships with other local/regional organizations.

Relevant KM activities must be clearly related to the research priorities of IA ( and must have an important impact on Canada's aging population.

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GrantWatch ID#: 197377

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The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $20,000, enough to fund one prize.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

For a nomination to be eligible:

- The nominee must be an individual, team or organization.
- While CIHR funding is not a pre-requisite for eligibility of the nominees for the prize, CIHR expects that the exemplary KM activities of nominated individuals, teams or organizations will normally have attracted external merit-based funding.
- Members of the CIHR Governing Council, CIHR Scientific Directors and CIHR staff are not eligible for this prize.
- Candidates may be nominated on more than one occasion provided that they continue to meet the eligibility requirements. Nominations that were not successful in a previous Betty Havens Prize competition may be nominated by submitting a new full nomination with recent updates on impact.
- The Betty Havens Prize can be received by an individual, team or organization only once.

Anyone with direct knowledge of the contribution of the nominee(s) can nominate the individual, team or organization for this prize. Nominators can be colleagues or any organization(s) or individual(s) who have benefited from the nominee's activities. CIHR welcomes nominations from either individuals, teams or organizations working in Canada in the health field, including:

- Health planners, managers, policy makers and administrators
- Health practitioners
- Independent health researchers
- Not-for-profit organizations with a research or knowledge translation mandate including professional associations
- Public health or public policy officials
- Groups representing survivors of, or patients with, a specific health problem that is within the priorities of the Institute of Aging.

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates:
- Application Deadline: July 22, 2021
- Anticipated Notice of Decision: August 27, 2021
- Funding Start Date: September 1, 2021

General CIHR Policies:
Before submitting an application to this funding opportunity, applicants should review the relevant policies and guidelines on the CIHR Funding Policies page ( to ensure understanding of their responsibilities and expectations.

Allowable Costs:
Applicants should review the Use of Grant Funds section of the Tri-Agency (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC) Guide on Financial Administration for requirements regarding allowable costs and activities:

Conditions of Funding:
- The recipient is asked to attend the Association on Gerontology (CAG) Annual Scientific and Education Meeting in October to receive the prize.
- The applicant must consent to the use and disclosure of full application and nominative information at the time of application, for purposes of relevance review and/or funding decisions by the relevant sponsors.
- The Nominated Principal Applicant will be required to contribute to the monitoring, review and evaluation of CIHR's programs, policies and processes by participating in evaluation studies, surveys, workshops, audits, and by providing data or reports as required for the purpose of collecting information to assess progress and results.
- The Principal Applicants who are successful in this competition are strongly encouraged to actively participate in peer review, and as members of the CIHR College of Reviewers, when invited.

How to Apply:

For Nominator(s):
- Connect with your nominee(s)
- Provide completed nomination letter and support letter(s) to nominee(s)

For Nominee(s):
- The nomination process for this funding opportunity is comprised of one step: Nomination
- The nominee(s) must submit all nomination documents through ResearchNet, therefore nominators will send all nomination documents to nominees (applicants) for uploading to ResearchNet.
- Self-nominations will not be accepted.
- All nomination participants are required to:
-- Have/obtain a CIHR PIN:
-- Complete the Equity and Diversity Questionnaire:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For all inquiries, please contact:

CIHR Contact Centre
Telephone: 613-954-1968
Toll Free: 1-888-603-4178

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Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

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