Knowledge Mobilization

While there are many definitions and interpretations of the term Knowledge Mobilization, we use these words to describe the process of putting research into active use. Knowledge Mobilization activities aim to increase the awareness and uptake of innovative research while providing valuable, real-world feedback to researchers. It makes research results accessible so that government, industry, and the community can develop evidence-based policies and practices that benefit all.

At the Research Innovation Office, staff are on hand to provide expert services and effective programs  to meet your knowledge mobilization needs:


For researchers:

  • Help with writing and executing strong knowledge mobilization strategies, which is often a requirement on research grant applications.
  • Training in plain-language writing and presentation skills so you can clearly communicate with a non-academic audience. In this way, your research has a greater impact and uptake.
  • Making connections through events, programs and individual outreach with policy makers and other stakeholders who can use your research.
  • Advice on evaluating the effect of your research outside of academia.


For policy makers and other stakeholders:

  • Identifying the most appropriate people and resources at the University of Guelph to address your research needs.
  • Setting up meetings and discussions so that researchers can learn your organization’s priorities.
  • Offering programs and initiatives that build two-way relationships between your organization and academic researchers.


Policy Fellowship Program

This three-day program of intensive meetings for mid- to senior-level decision makers in government, industry, and the non-profit sector is tailored to help meet the individual organization’s challenges and to provide an opportunity to exchange ideas with the world-class researchers on the University of Guelph campus.

New in 2018, the objective of this program is to build relationships with researchers and other participants who are looking to address some of the agri-food and biodiversity sectors’ most complex issues.

Fellows are exposed to the latest in cutting-edge research, and researchers can inform current and future projects with the insights they glean from Fellows.

Everyone involved is encouraged to maintain the connections they make during the three-day program and Fellows will be provided with regular updates on the University’s research and innovation activities as well as invitations to major on-campus events. Learn more about the Policy Fellowship Program.

Contact Knowledge Mobilization staff for more information.

Discussion Paper Workshops

The Arrell Food Institute (AFI) is organizing a series of ten workshops that will unite stakeholders from government, industry and other organizations with University of Guelph researchers.

The goal of these events is to explore the big-picture, complex issues facing the agriculture and agri-food sector and to develop discussion papers on the state of science and practice on each of these issues. The workshops will also initiate a conversation among researchers and stakeholders about the challenges and opportunities being experienced globally in areas such as health and food, food systems, and emerging innovations in the food ecosystem.

The discussion papers will then be shared widely to provide cutting-edge insights to government and private sector decision-makers.

Visit Arrell Food Institute for more information and to access to the currently available discussion papers.