Population Change and Lifecourse

Request for Proposal on Knowledge Mobilization Projects

Knowledge mobilization is the main mission of the Population Change and Lifecourse Strategic Knowledge Cluster. This is a call for proposals that would contribute to this mission.

Knowledge mobilization (KM) is a dynamic process that involves exchanges among researchers and between researchers and research users, with the objective of informing further research, policies, and/or practices. The Cluster recognizes the diversity of possible KM activities and encourages innovation and creativity in approach in responses to this call.


Besides the web development funds, the cluster budget envisioned $15,000 per year for knowledge transfer. Unspent budgets from past years can also be accessed. Proposed budgets in the range of $2,000 to $8,000 are preferred.


This request for proposal is open to projects taking place within the Thematic Committees of the PCLC cluster, and to other groups of members of the cluster. Eligible projects could include:

  • Exchange:
    • interactive workshop
    • collaborative problem solving or agenda setting activities with users
  • Dissemination:
    • stakeholder briefing o symposium, workshop, conference
    • edited collection special issue of a journal

For synthesis paper, policy brief, and research brief, please see RFP for Research Briefs, Synthesis Paper, and Policy Brief.


The application of no more than 5 pages should address the following:

  1. Project Team
    Provide identity and affiliations of the project lead and team members, including the involvement of associated partners. Projects need to involve several people, including young scholars. Provide a brief resume of the team’s experience with KM activities.

  2. Project Description
    Describe the knowledge mobilization project, including the thematic focus, the specific objectives and desired outcomes, the proposed approach to KM, and the target audience. For dissemination and exchange projects, provide a description of how knowledge mobilization will go beyond the event or collection, e.g. through such medium as PCLC newsletter, research and policy briefs, syntheses, or dedicated sessions at the Symposium of the Population Work and Family Policy Research Collaboration (PWFC).

  3. Project Relevance
    Describe the importance of the project to the Cluster including how the project fits in with the theme of population change and lifecourse, how it relates to the mission statement of the cluster, and how the project contributes to the goals of the cluster.

  4. Training Component
    Specify any associated training, including training in knowledge transfer/exchange.

  5. Project Timeline
    Provide the dates of start and end of the project, and the time when final report on the project (substantive and budgetary) will be submitted.

  6. Project Budget
    Provide the project budget and justification, with specification of parts of budget that will be covered by other sources.

Submission of Proposals

Proposals are to be sent to the PCLC Executive Committee c/o ravanera@uwo.ca. The deadlines for receipt of proposals are 15 January, 15 April, 15 June and 15 October. Applicants are encouraged to communicate in advance with regard to their intention to submit a proposal.


Applications will be considered by the Executive Committee of the PCLC cluster on the basis of the following criteria:

  1. Relevance to Cluster
  2. Quality of proposed KM activities
  3. Breadth and depth of potential KM impacts
  4. Suitability of participants and partnerships (including training component)
  5. Cost effectiveness


A final report is required within 3 months of the end of the project, including a substantive report on achievements and future plans, and budgetary accounting. The substantive report should be written to enable others to benefit from the project team’s experience. An electronic version of the report is to be sent to ravanera@uwo.caand to rbeaujot@uwo.ca with paper copy of financial documents sent to:

Rod Beaujot,
Department of Sociology
University of Western Ontario,
London, ON N6A 5C2.

The substantive report will be posted in the Cluster website.