Pre-announcement: 2021 CIHR Institute of Aging Betty Havens Prize for Knowledge Mobilization in Aging

The CIHR Institute of Aging Betty Havens Prize for Knowledge Mobilization in Aging recognizes an individual, team or organization that has advanced the mobilization of research in aging at a local or regional level. This prize is based on nominations of applicants by peers, teams or organizations.


The IA's Betty Havens Prize for Knowledge Mobilization in Aging is an attestation of the importance that the IA places on mobilizing research findings into useful knowledge for all stakeholders. In the CIHR 2021-2031 strategic plan, CIHR has committed to further the science of knowledge mobilization in Canada amongst researchers and knowledge users, including patients, the public, policy-makers, clinicians, and other stakeholders. This will build capacity for knowledge users to communicate their needs to researchers and utilize research evidence; for researchers to communicate their findings to knowledge users; and for policy-makers to access evidence when making decisions.

This prize honors Betty Havens, a leading gerontologist committed to improving the lives of seniors, with notable achievements in health services research on the aging process. She created one of the world's richest research infrastructures — the Aging in Manitoba Study (AIM) — used both across Canada and internationally. Betty Havens carried out her research while she was a full-time policy maker, acting as a research director, provincial gerontologist, and, ultimately, Assistant Deputy Minister of Community and Long-Term Care in Manitoba. Her research continues to influence the creation of policy today. Throughout her 30-year career, Betty Havens made substantial achievements and accomplishments as a decision maker, researcher, communicator, supporter of students, and mentor of young scholars.

The achievements of the individual, team or organization that is the recipient of the CIHR Institute of Aging Betty Havens Prize for Knowledge Mobilization in Aging will be celebrated at the Canadian Association on Gerontology (CAG) Annual Scientific and Education Meeting. Recipients are expected to attend the CAG meeting to receive their prize and to address meeting participants. The recipient will also be highlighted in CIHR communication materials.

Anticipated Timelines

Launch date: Late June 2021
Application Deadline: July 22, 2021
Notice of Decision: August 27, 2021
Funding Start Date: September 1, 2021
These timelines are estimates and subject to change


The Betty Havens Prize funding opportunity is expected to:

  • recognize outstanding achievements and excellence in KM in aging at a local or regional level; and
  • provide financial support to further foster excellence and innovation in KM activities.

Nominations for the prize must demonstrate that the nominee has:

  • Contributed significantly to moving research findings into practice or policy by facilitating the synthesis, dissemination, exchange and ethically sound application of knowledge at a local or regional level;
  • Engaged in knowledge mobilization (KM) activities that are specifically related/targeted to a community and/or region and are aimed at bridging the gap between knowledge and practice/policy and facilitating the dissemination, uptake and application of knowledge in this context;
  • Linked research/researchers with decision makers/knowledge users locally and/or regionally in order to improve the health of Canadians and/or health services/products and/or the Canadian health care system (policy or practice);
  • Engaged in KM efforts and strategies that have been successful in influencing or changing local, regional or provincial policy or practice; and
  • Formed strong partnerships with other local/regional organizations.

Relevant KM activities must be clearly related to the research priorities of IA and must have an important impact on Canada's aging population.

Funds available

  • The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $20,000, enough to fund one prize.

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Disclaimer: The information contained in this funding opportunity preannouncement is subject to change and does not commit CIHR or partners to the requirements outlined in this version. The final funding opportunity will be published by CIHR in the Funding Opportunity Database in ResearchNet in Summer 2021.

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