Trainee awards help advance KT science

19 August 2013

With the 2013 Research Trainee funding competition, MSFHR introduced an important new element to its support for research capacity in British Columbia. For the first time, Trainee awards were granted to researchers exploring projects specifically related to the study of knowledge translation as an academic discipline.

Of the 59 recipients of Trainee awards, three were funded to pursue research that will help advance the translation of research evidence into clinical practice and bridge the gap between discovery and implementation. Through this funding opportunity, MSFHR aims to support researchers to better understand the theories, mechanisms, concepts, and methods by which evidence is used in health care practice and policy.

During the application phase, researchers working in all four research pillars (biomedical, clinical, health services, and population health) were invited to indicate the relevance of their proposal to the study of knowledge translation science. Applications were evaluated alongside all other applications within each research pillar, with no special consideration given to KT-focused applicants.

“Many of our award programs have incorporated aspects of knowledge translation, but this is the first time we’ve directly funded individuals to add to the body of literature on KT,” said Gayle Scarrow, MSFHR knowledge translation manager. “We’re very excited to offer this opportunity, which directly supports the Foundation’s goal of building BC’s capacity for effective knowledge translation.”

The three researchers who were named recipients of KT awards through the 2013 competition are UBC’s Dr. John Best and Dr. Alicia Semaka, as well as SFU’s Dr. Bryn Lander.

Best is studying the use of complex mental and physical activity to assist in stroke rehabilitation. Lander’s research focuses on the translation between research and clinical practice in teaching hospitals. Semaka will explore the impact of genetic counselling on health outcomes for individuals with serious mental illnesses.

MSFHR is committed to building on this initial offering by seeking opportunities to incorporate knowledge translation into future funding competitions.

Learn more about knowledge translation at MSFHR