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2013 NCE-Knowledge Mobilization (NCE-KM) initiative competition



Application Process



Does the NCE-KM initiative fund any research?

Research support must be provided through other sources of funding. The NCE-KM initiative is intended to further the application and mobilization of world-class research.

How much funding will a successful NCE-KM network receive?

Up to $400,000 per year for four years, provided that annual progress reports are deemed acceptable by the NCE Monitoring and Steering Committees.

How many NCE-KM networks will be funded as a result of the 2013 NCE-KM competition?

It is anticipated that three new networks will be funded for a first cycle of four years. A second (and final) funding cycle of three years will be available where an NCE-KM network can demonstrate it has progressively transformed itself into a knowledge user-centred network.

What is the expected time commitment of the Network Director?

There is no defined time commitment for the Network Director. The application must demonstrate to the NCE Selection Committee (and ultimately the NCE Steering Committee) that the director would be committing adequate time on the project to achieve the stated goals.

How many stages are there in the 2013 NCE-KM competition?

There are three stages:
Stage 1 – Notification of Intent (recommended but not mandatory)
Stage 2 – Letter of Intent
Stage 3 – Full Application

Please see the 2013 NCE-KM Competition Guide for further details.


How is applicant eligibility determined?

An applicant is eligible if he/she is a researcher who is eligible to apply for funding under the policies and guidelines of at least one of the three federal granting agencies partnering in the program (see eligibility criteria for This link will take you to another Web site CIHR, This link will take you to another Web site NSERC, and This link will take you to another Web site SSHRC).

How is Host Institution eligibility determined?

The proposed Host Institution must be: a)  a Canadian university or post-secondary institution with a mandate for research or an affiliated institution (including hospitals, research institutes and other not-for-profit organizations) or b) a  private sector consortium (please see definitions below).

A Host Institution that is an academic institution must also be part of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the roles and responsibilities in the Management of Federal Grants and Awards with the granting agencies.

A Host Institution that is a private sector consortium must show evidence of an effective financial and accounting framework.

How is application eligibility determined?

NCE-KM networks are expected to be multidisciplinary and to significantly involve key individuals in areas that fall under the domains of two or more of the three federal granting agencies.

Application Process

What is the due date for Notifications of Intent (NOIs)?

NOIs are due on November 6. Please see the NOI Guide.

What is Full Application Preparation Funding (FAP)?

An applicant who is successful in reaching the Full Application stage of the competition may request funding of up to $15,000 to assist with preparing a Full Application. FAP is used for application-related expenses such as communications and workshops as well as for secretarial, clerical and co-ordination services and any travel costs associated with meeting the members of the NCE Selection Committee.


Could you define terms such as stakeholder and knowledge user?

Please see the list of definitions provided in the NCE-KM competition guide.

Are financial contributions required from the NCE-KM network’s stakeholders?

There is no requirement for financial contributions to the NCE-KM network. However, in examining the application for NCE-KM funding, the NCE Selection Committee will be looking for a critical mass of commitment to the knowledge mobilization being proposed. This could take the form of financial and/or in-kind contributions.

Can an individual be involved in more than one network, or in more than one project in the same network?

An individual may be involved in more than one project within the same NCE-KM network and may also be involved in projects in more than one NCE network. There are several examples of this among existing NCE networks. Obviously, the individual in question must have the time to contribute adequately to the various projects.

Must the NCE-KM network be incorporated as a not-for-profit organization?

The network must demonstrate effective accountability and governance mechanisms, whether through incorporation as a not-for-profit organization or by other means. The Host Institution must show evidence of an effective accounting and financial framework.

What is typically the role of the Host Institution?

The Host Institution houses and provides the necessary support for the network’s administrative centre. It ensures that the network has suitable accommodation, including access to appropriate computer, communications and financial administration systems. These responsibilities are incumbent upon a Host Institution which is a private sector consortium (Please see above) as well.