KTT: Getting Science Off The Shelf

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Knowledge Translation and Transfer (KTT) encompasses a suite of activities used to foster two-way communication between researchers and research users. The Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance defines KTT as the transformation of knowledge into use through synthesis, exchange, dissemination, dialogue, collaboration and brokering among researchers and research users. 

The goal of KTT is to enhance the impact of research by getting ‘science off the shelf’ and into the hands of people who need it. KTT builds on a long history of agricultural extension and works to foster early and consistent collaboration between researchers and research users.

KTT Funding Program accelerates the process

The Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance administers a KTT funding program to advance research in the field of KTT and to accelerate the transfer of research knowledge into use. The program aims to:

  • Advance the synthesis, exchange, application and dissemination of research knowledge about agriculture, food and rural sectors to relevant knowledge-users.
  • Explore the science of KTT to identify best practices that enhance the positive impact of research and innovation.
  • Use and evaluate KTT methods and best practices to support the awareness and impact of research knowledge.

The KTT Funding Program Summary Infographic summarizes the KTT funding program and highlights key changes for 2021. 

Join us for a Town Hall Information Session (2021)

Interested applicants are invited to attend a town hall information session profiling the KTT funding programs on:

Eligible projects:

  • Must fit within one of two streams:
    1. KTT Research Funding: projects that advance the science of knowledge translation and transfer in agri-food and rural sectors.
    2. KTT Mobilization Funding: activities that support the dissemination, uptake and/or use of existing research or that broker partnerships between researchers and research users.
  • All projects, regardless of stream, must relate to an established OMAFRA research priority and support Ontario's agri-food and/or rural sectors. Further information about research priorities is available in OMAFRA Priorities for the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance Funding Program, 2021-2022.

For more information, contact: 

Victoria Holla, Knowledge Mobilization Manager, Office of Research, Agri-Food Partnership at holla@uoguelph.ca.

Call Status: OPEN Tuesday, September 28, 2021

The Call for Research and Mobilization stream proposals is open from Tuesday, September 28, 2021 until Tuesday, November 30, 2021.

Online Application System 

The Alliance Research Program uses the Research Management System (RMS) for receiving and adjudicating research proposals.

RMS is available at: https://omafra2.smartsimple.ca. If you have not used the RMS since October 2019, select “Forgot Password” on the RMS login page and enter your uoguelph.ca email address. Please contact rescoord@uoguelph.ca if you experience any difficulties logging in.

Details on using the RMS are available in the KTT Funding Program Guide, 2021-2022.

Town Hall Information Session (2021)

Interested applicants are invited to attend a town hall information session profiling the KTT funding programs on:

KTT Mobilization Initiatives

KTT Mobilization Initiatives provide one time financial support of up to $5,000 for a product that translates and transfers research that benefits Ontario’s agri-food sector or rural communities. Proposed initiatives must be completed within a year of award. Learn more about KTT Mobilization Initiatives and how to apply.