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KT Canada Summer Institute on Knowledge Translation

We are pleased to announce the Knowledge Translation (KT) Canada Summer Institute to be held in Edmonton from June 15-17, 2015. The purpose of this Summer Institute is to provide participants with the opportunity to increase their understanding of knowledge translation research as well as opportunities and challenges in this field. The Summer Institute will provide participants with the chance to network with colleagues including national and international KT experts.

The theme of the 2015 Institute is:
“The Science and Practice of KT”

The Summer Institute is aimed at graduate students, post-doctoral and clinical fellows, and junior faculty who study issues relevant to KT and those who want to learn more about how to advance their research skills in this area. We encourage applications from trainees and junior faculty working in a wide range of disciplines that span all of CIHR’s research themes (biomedical, clinical, health services, and population health).

Attendees will have the opportunity to share their research projects (proposals and/or projects with preliminary results) through poster sessions that will facilitate further networking opportunities. Participation in the poster session also allows attendees to be eligible to apply for funding from their home institutions (where this funding is available) to attend the summer institute.

This event is being sponsored by KT Canada which is a Clinical Research Initiative funded by the CIHR and Canadian Foundation for Innovation. KT Canada is under the leadership of Dr. Jeremy Grimshaw (PI) and Dr. Sharon Straus (Co-PI). It was launched in 2008 and members include more than 60 colleagues from 7 universities in Canada. Members of KT Canada also hosted the 2008 CIHR-sponsored KT Summer Institute and held its first summer institute in Toronto in 2009. Interested candidates are encouraged to read published articles written by past participants: http://www.implementationscience.com/content/4/1/33, http://www.implementationscience.com/content/5/1/78, J Contin Edu Health Prof 2011; 31(4): 268-75 and J Cancer Educ. 2013 Sep;28(3):481-7. More about the KT Canada training program can be found here: http://www.implementationscience.com/content/6/1/127.

The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) is very pleased to be partnering with KT Canada to support up to four successful BC applicants to the 2015 Summer Institute. MSFHR will provide funding support for registration and travel expenses up to a combined total of $1200 CDN per successful applicant.

The Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF) would like to offer similar support of up to three successful Nova Scotia applicants to the 2015 Summer Institute. NSHRF will provide funding support for registration and travel expenses up to a combined total of $1200 CDN per successful applicant.

Summer Institute Objectives

The objectives of the 2015 KT Canada Summer Institute are to:

  1. Develop an understanding of the different challenges in the science and practice of KT
  2. Develop skills in the science and practice of KT
  3. Network with other young researchers interested in KT research and KT as well as with mentors experienced in the science and practice of KT.
  4. Experience a supportive training environment that is respectful of the perspectives, tools and approaches of all disciplines.


The Summer Institute will include a mix of small and large group sessions and will focus on active learning strategies. Mentorship opportunities will be available through formal and informal meet the professor sessions as well as peer to peer networking. We will also have a poster session and you will be expected to present your poster.


Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Fellows

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Be enrolled in a graduate program or hold a postdoctoral/clinical fellowship at a recognized university. Preference will be given to PhD and postdoctoral students. Masters students may be considered if they are in the final stages of their Masters degrees, have completed their research projects and analyses, and are writing their theses.
  2. Be committed to attend the entire Summer Institute and must participate in all sessions (including evening sessions). All participants will arrive at the venue before 2 pm June 15 and will depart after 3 PM on June 17.

Junior Faculty

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Hold a faculty position at a University or College
  2. Be committed to attend the entire Summer Institute and must participate in all sessions (including evening sessions). All participants will arrive at the venue before 2 pm June 15 and will depart after 3 PM on June 17.


The Summer Institute will cover the following costs:

  1. Accommodation for 2 nights for June 15 and 16, 2015
  2. Meals including break on June 15, breakfast, lunch, breaks on June 16 and 17 and dinner on June 16.

Participants will be responsible for their own flights and expenses beyond those outlined above.


There is no cost for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows to attend the Summer Institute. The course fee for junior faculty is $1000.00. This fee includes accommodations for 2 nights, meals as indicated above and course materials. Payment details will be provided once attendance is confirmed.


Please complete the online application on or before March 16, 2015. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. To apply, please fill out the online application.

Selection Procedure

An application review committee will select attendees based upon eligibility criteria, including research interests, range of disciplinary backgrounds, academic qualifications, complete application information, and geographical distribution. Applicants will be contacted as to whether or not they are accepted on or before April 30, 2015.


Attendees will be expected to review all pre-event materials prior to the summer institute, come prepared, and attend all sessions, including evening sessions. Sessions will begin at 3 PM on Monday, June 15, 2015 and end by 3 PM on June 17, 2015.

Reference Letters (graduate students and post-doctoral fellows only)

Referees will upload their reference letters online. They will be prompted to enter the applicant’s name and then to upload the letter. The focus of these letters should be on the applicants’ interests in KT, their ability to work with colleagues from different disciplines, their motivation and future career plans and how they would contribute to the summer institute.


If you have any questions, please contact Vanessa Lybanon-Daigle at vlybanondaigle@ohri.ca, or Meghan Storey at storeym@smh.ca.