KTT: Getting Science Off The Shelf

Call status: CLOSED (KTT Funding Program)

Call status: OPEN (KTT Initiative Grants)

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.

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 drive the transformation of research knowledge into use, including synthesis, exchange, engagement, dissemination, dialogue, collaboration and brokering 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 the OMAFRA Research Priorities document and on the Alliance website

For more information, contact: 

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

Town hall information session: 

A town hall was held on Wednesday, March 1, 2023 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Download the KTT Town Hall presentation (PDF, 442KB). 

Call Status: CLOSED

The Call for Research and Mobilization stream proposals was open from Tuesday, February 14, 2023 until Tuesday, May 2, 2023 at 1:00 p.m.

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, 2022-2023.

KTT Initiatives

KTT 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 Initiatives and how to apply.