University Research Services

University Research Services
University Research Services

Knowledge Translation / Mobilization

Simply put, Knowledge Translation is about the work we do to move knowledge into action.
(PHAC KT Planning Primer)

What is Knowledge Translation / Knowledge Mobilization?

CIHR defines Knowledge Translation (KT) as "a dynamic and iterative process that includes synthesis, dissemination, exchange and ethically sound application of knowledge to improve the health of Canadians, provide more effective health services and products and strengthen the health care system."

SSHRC refers to this process as Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) and defines it as "the reciprocal and complementary flow and uptake of research knowledge between researchers, knowledge brokers and knowledge users—both within and beyond academia—in such a way that may benefit users and create positive impacts within Canada and/or internationally, and, ultimately, has the potential to enhance the profile, reach and impact of social sciences and humanities research."

NSERC does not have a specific definition for KT/KMb. However,  many of their programs focus on commercialization, which can be considered a form of knowledge translation.

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Last Updated: March 19, 2019