Knowledge Sharing Support Award
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The NSHRF recognizes that opportunities arise to share health research knowledge in new and innovative ways. The Knowledge Sharing Support Award (KSSA) is designed to support the further dissemination of completed research that benefits knowledge users and/or decision-makers within the health system.
Knowledge-users are generally identified as an individual:
- who is likely to be able to use the knowledge generated through research in order to make informed decisions about health policies, programs and/or practices;
- whose level of engagement in the research process may vary in intensity and complexity depending on the nature of the research and their information needs;
- who can be, but is not limited to, a practitioner, policy-maker, educator, decision-maker, health care administrator, community leader, or an individual in a health charity, patient group, private sector organization or a media outlet.
Decision-makers are generally identified as:
- an individual who makes decisions about, or influences, health policies or practices. Decision-makers can be practitioners, educators, health care administrators, elected officials (Exception: Federally elected officials) and individuals within the media, health charities, patient user groups or the private sector. They can work at the local community, municipal, provincial or national level. Decision-makers are those individuals who are likely to be able to make use of the results of the research.
Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
- be employed as a health professional in Nova Scotia by a district health authority/IWK/ provincial government department;
- be a researcher with an academic appointment at a Nova Scotia university or affiliated research institution or an appointment (with research responsibilities) at an affiliated hospital/research centre/institute; or
- be employed by a community based organization with a mandate related to health and located in Nova Scotia.
Funding is available up to a maximum of $10,000 per award. Funds will only be issued to institutions located in Nova Scotia. The award is for a period of one year. The number of awards allocated will be based on funds available within the REAL Knowledge Program. Funded applicants must demonstrate the ability to generate financial statements which comply with the NSHRF Program Requirements.
Multiple submissions: Applications can be submitted for more than one grant. Related (but not duplicate) applications are permitted provided the applicant clearly demonstrates that each application will be unique and can be implemented independently.
Please visit the Schedule of Funding Opportunities page on the NSHRF website for current award offerings and applicable dates.
Program requirements for all NSHRF funding opportunities can vary. Please visit the Budget and Allowable Costs page on the NSHRF website to learn more about allowable costs specific to the REAL Knowledge Program and the KSSA.
The Plain Language Summary and the Objectives section are entered directly in the GMS. All other application components are uploaded to the GMS and must adhere to the following format:
- Uploads cannot exceed section page limit and must be in PDF;
- Use a font size of 12 point, black type. No condensed/narrow fonts, type, or spacing;
- PI's last name and application ID number must be at the top of each page in the header;
- Pages uploaded for each section should be numbered in the footer;
- Page numbering can start at one (1) and end with the maximum page limit for that section; applicants do not need to attempt consecutive numbering between sections.
Awards will be evaluated based on the following required application components:
Plain Language Summary of Proposed Project: Consists of the objective of your project (the activities for which you are requesting funding), the potential impact of the project on sharing research knowledge in the province and indicate any potential impacts on improving the health of Nova Scotians through the research knowledge being shared. This section should be written for a non-scientific audience. If funded, the NSHRF will use this summary for communication purposes.
Maximum 500 words.
Objectives: Please list the main project objectives that you want to achieve over the full duration of your project in the GMS application form. Ensure listed objectives cover all the main activities you plan to undertake using the project funds. These objectives should be the same as those described in the project description and work plan section of your application.
Please note: Funded applicants will be expected to report on progress related to the listed objectives.
Project Description: A clear and concise description of the knowledge sharing opportunity. Please describe how the knowledge sharing activity will benefit knowledge users and or/decision-makers. How will the activity share research knowledge in a new and innovative way? What is the potential to inform decision-making processes regarding clinical practice, community programming, government policy, etc? How will project activities engage knowledge users in sharing and disseminating this knowledge?
This section is limited to a maximum of three (3) pages.
Work Plan: The work plan should include a clear timeline indicating project start and end dates, details on activities including team members responsible, deadlines and indicators of success. Teams should anticipate challenges and include a plan to address those challenges. The work plan should also include a description of any staff required, including role and responsibilities.
This section is limited to a maximum of one (1) page.
Impact/Relevance: Details the relevance of the proposed project and its anticipated outcomes. How does this project relate to the mandate of the NSHRF, the purpose of the REAL Knowledge Program, the NSHRF's Research Priorities and/or the award objective? Indicate how this project will inform decision-making processes that will ultimately lead to improving the health of Nova Scotians. Please identify the decision makers and/or knowledge user(s) directly influenced by this project in your relevance description.
This section is limited to a maximum of one (1) page.
Letter of Support: Please provide a letter of support from a knowledge user and/or decision-maker identified in your application for funding. This letter should outline how the heath research/knowledge disseminated as a result of this project can potentially inform decision-making processes regarding clinical practice, community programming, government policy, etc. Letters can be submitted electronically through the GMS system.
Note for Principle Investigators: If you do not have an academic appointment, you must provide a letter of support from your organization, indicating a commitment to supporting the project and dedicated staff time to do so.
Budget and Budget Justification: Provide specific details and a written budget justification. Supporting documentation, including cost quotations for equipment or service contracts, is to be included. Please note; if requesting funding for equipment over $1,000 indicate if this equipment is available at another Nova Scotia institution and why it cannot be used. Please visit our Budget and Allowable Costs page to learn more about allowable budget items for the KSSA.
This section is limited to a maximum of two (2) pages.
Team Members: If your team consists of additional team members, please add them to your application. Team members need to have a GMS account in order to be added as a team member, are not required to validate their participation and will not be alerted via email that they have been added as a team member on KSSA Awards. It is the Principle Investigator’s responsibility to ensure team members are aware of their role.
Teams should consist of at least one investigator with an academic appointment at a Nova Scotia institution. This award is intended to support knowledge sharing within the province, which can include national and international collaboration.
Canadian Common CV (CCVs) and resumes are not required for any Principal Investigator, Co Principal Investigator or team member for the KSSA. However, if the PI, Co PI or any team member chooses to attach (or previously attached) a CCV to their GMS account it will be submitted with the final application. The Principal Investigator also has the option to upload any resumes for team members in the Team Members section of GMS.
The NSHRF undertakes an initial screening of the applications to determine the completeness of the application and applicant’s eligibility. A peer review panel will review applications in accordance with NSHRF’s peer review guidelines.
This guide is intended to provide applicants with a high level step by step checklist to follow in order to apply for the KSSA.
Applicants must review the terms listed in the Signature and Submission section of the application in GMS as well as the Signature and Submission section on the General Program Requirements page.
Institutional approval is required at application. Institutions must review the terms listed within the GMS Institution access page as well as the Signature and Submission section on the General Program Requirements page.
Applications submitted to the NSHRF that do not contain all of the necessary information will be disqualified from further consideration in the competition process. The NSHRF assumes no responsibility to notify applicants or follow-up with respect to particulars of incomplete or noncompliant applications. Applicants may view application information prior to submission, and the entire responsibility of ensuring proper submission of a complete application rests with the applicant. Late submission of applications will not be accepted by the NSHRF. Our systems have been designed to ensure that applicants have every opportunity to view the application information before it is submitted. Applications submitted late will not be accepted.
All applicants are encouraged to contact the Manager, REAL Knowledge Program with questions prior to submitting an application.