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Knowledge Mobilization and Engagement Award

The Knowledge Mobilization and Engagement Award is a university-wide, annual award presented to one or more researchers who have demonstrated exceptional and outstanding effort in communicating research beyond the University and/or significant impact in shaping evidence-based policy and practice. This award recognizes the ability of the researcher(s) to facilitate conversations and collaborations with external organizations and communities, combining knowledge from different spheres of society to generate new ideas.

Award recipient(s) will receive a certificate of recognition and a monetary award of $2,000 as a one-time payment (subject to applicable deductions).

Key criteria: Scholarly, research and creative activity

Nomination guidelines

  • RFA members are eligible to be nominated for this award. Please note that retired members, professors’ emeriti and adjunct professors are not eligible.
  • Faculty who receive this award may not receive the same award for two years (e.g., 2018-2019 recipients cannot receive the same award until 2021-2022).
  • Award recipients shall present to the university community a brief description of the scholarly, research or creative work for which they are receiving the award.

Candidates are nominated by two colleagues, a ‘Nominator’ and a ‘Seconder’. The Nominator is required to supply the information and documents as outlined below under Nomination Process and Nomination Package. A Seconder for each nomination is also required and may assist the Nominator in preparing the nomination package. Please note that either the Nominator and/or the Seconder must be a member of a department or school other than the nominee’s.

Excellence in communicating research beyond the University and/or significant impact in shaping evidence-based policy and practice as evidenced by the:

  • Design of knowledge mobilization/engagement initiative(s)
  • Execution of knowledge mobilization/engagement initiative(s)
  • Impact of knowledge mobilization/engagement initiative(s)

Contributions to the training and research careers of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research scientists and technical staff are foundational to Ryerson’s SRC activities. The nominee’s contributions to training will be considered in the adjudication process.

  1. Obtain the nominee’s permission.
  2. Complete the nomination package as described below.
  3. Submit the nomination package via the Online Nomination Portal on the Recognition website.
  4. Nominee receives a confirmation email with a link to provide online consent. This step must be completed before the deadline.

The nomination should provide:

  • Citation (100 word maximum) highlighting how the nominee meets the criteria of excellence for this award and any notable achievements. This citation will be included in related university communications should the nominee(s) be selected.
  • Supporting Statement (three page maximum) of why the nominators feel that the nominee’s work has proved outstanding and important to the advancement of SRC knowledge mobilization and/or engagement. 
  • Summary (two page maximum) of the scholarly, research and creative achievements and strengths of the nominee.
  • The nominator has the option to provide supporting materials (five-document maximum) including, if appropriate, external appraisals of the nominee’s work and one or two significant publications. Materials may include up to two full-length articles or book chapters (no page limit), each of which counts as one document. Non-publication supporting materials should not exceed ten pages in total.
  • Updated CV in Common or OCGS format - this requirement is submitted after the initial nomination process. Nominees will be prompted by email to submit this portion.

The award recipient(s) shall be selected by the OVPRI Prizes and Awards Committee. Members of the Committee who are nominated or who are acting as a nominator must recuse themselves from all discussion related to the selection process for this award. The Committee may determine not to present an award in a particular academic year.

Nomination deadline: November 8 at noon
Recipient notified by: December 22
Award presentation: Celebration of ExcellenceRyerson Awards Night

Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation
Programs Assistant
416-979-5000, ext. 553553

Celebration details

This award is celebrated at the Celebration of Excellence and Ryerson Awards Night.