Prentice Institute Knowledge Synthesis Grant (PIKSG)

Listing Date: 
Friday, May 28, 2021
Closing Date: 
Friday, July 2, 2021

Prentice Institute Knowledge Synthesis Grants (PIKSG)

The Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economy seeks applications to support knowledge synthesis projects and associated deliverables that will aid in the identification of knowledge gaps and to support the use of evidence in decision making. This funding stream will support a small number of very targeted projects using knowledge synthesis methodologies (meta-analyses, systematic reviews, scoping reviews, etc.) to (a) assess the current state of knowledge; (b) identify gaps, bias or opportunities; (c) identify key or consistent results, methods or practices; and (d) inform new research activities. The grants are limited to the synthesis of subjects that are directly aligned with the research priorities of the Institute, and may be considered a pathway to future applications to comparable programs (eg. the SSHRC KSG funding stream). Primary research (including data collection) and/or travel (other than a modest amount (15%) for knowledge mobilization) will NOT be supported from this fund.

Thematic priorities of the Institute:

The Institute is primarily interested in projects that combine or focus on the intersection of 2 or more of the following strategic research and synthesis areas:

1) Canadian demographics (fertility, mortality and migration)
2) Population-level changes through the life-course
2) Human capital
3) Economic determinants of population change
4) Economic impacts of population change
5) Social determinants of health
6) Water supply and demand at meso and macro scales

Priority will be given to projects that integrate equity considerations (social, economic, health or environmental) within these areas, and in synthesis topics and questions that address issues raised by or related to: (1) COVID-19; (2) labour mobility in extractive industries; (3) urban vs rural dynamics; and (4) Prairie-based economic and/or ecological systems in and across Canada and the USA.

Eligibility: Research Affiliates of the Prentice Institute with an academic appointment at the University of Lethbridge are eligible to apply as project leads. Additional members of the research team are not required to be Prentice Affiliates

Term: KSG projects are usually anticipated to be 12 months in length.

Deadline: 5pm, July 2, 2021

Value: Maximum of $10K/grant.

Proposals should not exceed 4 pages (single spaced, not including references, budget materials or CVs) and include:

  1. Statement of intent: applicants must address the following in their proposal (50%):
  • Background
    • Critically assess the state of knowledge of the theme, project, or research under consideration from a variety of sources, as appropriate.
    • Describe the rationale for the review in the context of what is already known.
    • Provide an explicit statement of the question(s) the review will address.
    • Methodology
      • Name and justify the method(s) of knowledge synthesis that will be used (e.g., scoping review, systematic review with or without meta-analysis). and whether the review will be registered with an appropriate body before it begins (e.g., PROSPERO).
      • Describe the eligibility criteria for the review (e.g., what study designs, populations, outcomes, etc. will be eligible for inclusion in the review).
      • Describe the information sources that will be searched for the review (e.g., the specific academic and/or grey literature databases that will be searched).
      • Describe the search strategy (providing a completed search strategy for one of the databases that will be examined is recommended in an appendix).
      • Describe the mechanisms for article screening, selection, assessment and management that will be used. Note the programs that will be used to facilitate these steps where relevant (e.g., Covidence, GRADEpro).
      • List and define the variables for which data will be extracted across selected articles.
      • Describe methods for risk of bias assessment within individual studies if relevant.
      • Describe methods for data summary and synthesis across the studies included in the review. As part of this, describe how the strength of the body of evidence will be assessed.
    • Knowledge mobilization
      • Use effective knowledge mobilization methods to facilitate the sharing of research findings with cross-sectoral stakeholders including Indigenous rights-holders where relevant.

2. Alignment with the mandate of the Prentice Institute (20%):

  • Clearly state how the theme, project, or research connects to the mandate and priorities of this call.
  • Describe any resources and/or participation you will share with the Institute, if applicable.
  • Team composition
    • Please provide a brief paragraph outlining the skills and contributions of each team member.

3. Team members and qualifications (if applicable) (10%)

  • Please attached an abbreviated CV (last 5 years) for all team members that emphasizes research contributions and training of students.
  • Briefly describe any current funding that is directly connected to the theme, project, or research identified in proposal, if applicable.

4. Brief knowledge mobilization plan (10%)

5.Budget and budget justification (10%)

Provide a one-page budget and budget justification. Applications must include a clear justification for each budget item. Student trainee and personnel costs must include each employee's title, the work to be performed, the estimated number of hours to be worked, and the rate of pay per hour (including 15% benefits). Rate of pay must meet at least the minimum standards set by the university. Travel costs should not usually exceed 15% of the project total, must be well justified, and include the specific purpose of the travel as it relates to knowledge mobilization, mode of travel, cost of meals and lodging, and the number of days of the travel. Proposals that do not follow these guidelines will not qualify for review.

Deliverables: successful candidates will be expected to:

  • Submit an executive summary of their KS project and results (1 page).
  • Submit a summary or policy brief of their KS project and results (3 pages).
  • Submit a full report of their KS results (25 pages).
  • Provide a presentation to the Institute and stakeholders as part of the Institute’s Seminar Series (or similar).

Applications will be adjudicated by the Prentice Institute Research Advisory Committee using the weighting identified above. Successful applicants are asked to acknowledge the funding and support of the Institute in any subsequent publications, presentations or affiliated material.

Program Timelines and Deadlines:

  • Submission Deadline – July 2, 2021
  • Applicants will be informed of results before September 1, 2021


How to Apply:

Applicants should submit their application as a single PDF to:


Downloadable PDF of announcement: PIKSG- May 2021 2.0 .pdf


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