Global Synergy

Knowledge Dissemination

Global Synergy

Todd Harris - President/Founder
790 Eglinton Avenue West # 311 - Toronto, Ontario M5N 1G2
Phone: (416) 789-4858 - Fax: (416) 789-2537
Email: trh@sympatico.ca
Knowledge Dissemination

Dissemination activities are now widely acknowledged by the academic community, government funding bodies and policy makers alike that they are an essential means of maximizing the impact of research.  Dissemination provides added value to research projects.  Often, the impact of research can be potentially wider than the original focus. Dissemination promotes the profile of the organization and strengthens its research capacity, especially involving innovative cluster groups and networks.  Global Synergy seeks to become an integral part of your total dissemination plan.

The traditional way of communicating academic research findings through peer reviewed journal articles is still very much a part of a researcher’s scholarly work. However, this is unlikely to reach a broad-based or non-technical target audience.  Optimum dissemination is achieved through using a wide variety of pathways, from traditional communication methods and tools, such as conferences and workshops and Power Point presentations and overhead projections, to the use of more contemporary and cutting edge information and communication technologies and channels of delivery, be it through filming of lectures/presentations/conferences and creating short form video productions for website, wiki, and/or blog insertion and/or as stand-alone productions to be shown in meetings with policy makers and stakeholder groups, practitioners, community groups, strategic cluster organizations, and the general public - either on-line or in DVD format.  Audio and video podcasts and/or TED like production presentations/workshops can also be used effectively.  Global Synergy can provide all these services, and more, to you and your colleagues, in a professional, reliable, and affordable manner.  At Global Synergy we aim to tailor our services to your particular project needs.

Dissemination should be a key element of any research project, and requires adequate funding for it to be carried out effectively.  In Canada, dissemination strategies of social science and humanities research findings are supported through various government agencies, including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), which offers public outreach grants to eligible colleges and universities, individual academics and collaborative efforts by a group of researchers.

Other federal and provincial bodies offer similar funding opportunities to academic researchers to help disseminate their research findings and/or move them to commercialization, such as the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). In the end, dissemination of research findings can lead to making a more direct and effective contribution to achieving social policy goals and where warranted, a better translation of research into commercial applications and ventures. 

The stated goal of these funding programs is to foster links between research and decision making to help bridge the gap between what is known and what is applied in policies and programs, and in the case of the natural sciences, contribute to the production of new technologies and processes, to aid in the commercialization of innovative products and services. 

In particular, SSHRC provides various funding programs to individual and group academics so as to help with the production and distribution of knowledge to a wide range of people, groups of people, and communities; where very often, researchers and users are brought closer together, impacting social policy in real and tangible ways.  Moreover, many of SSHRC’s granting programs exist to help facilitate knowledge sharing and mobilization and multidisciplinary academic interaction, through knowledge dissemination strategies involving a diverse set of individuals, groups, stakeholders, business leaders, community groups and the media.

SSHRC’s current funding programs, and their links to their corresponding website and people to contact for each program are to be found in the following table*.

*Source: SSHRC Program Office – as of August 29, 2011. 

Funding opportunities

Cycle

Deadline to submit

Results announced

Contact Info

Aid to Research Workshops and Conferences

Once a year

Workshops: May 2, 2011 (closed)

Workshops: June 30, 2011

Stephanie Robertson

Tel.: 613-947-2102

Email: stephanie.robertson@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

Conferences: November 1st 2011

Conferences: January 30, 2012

Insight Development Grants

Once a year

February 1st 2011 (closed)

June 2011

Email: insightdevelopment@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

Tel.: 613-947-9659

Insight Grants

Once a year

October 15th 2011

March 2012

Email: insightgrants@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

Tel.: 613-947-9659

Partnership Development Grants

Once a year

November 30, 2011

Spring 2012

Email: partnershipgrants@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

Tel.: 613-943-1007

Partnership Grants – Letter of intent

Once a year

February 15, 2012

Spring 2012

Partnership Grants – Formal application (by invitation)

Once a year

To be determined

To be determined

Public Outreach Grants: Dissemination

Once a year

November 16, 2010 (closed)

March 2011

Bryde Kelly

Tel.: 613-947-2060

Email: bryde.kelly@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

Public Outreach Grants: Workshops and Conferences

According to the OECD, the dissemination of research is an important component for national innovations systems.  In Canada, this view is echoed by current federal and provincial government policy, where: 

“the objective is to transform SSHRC from a granting council into a knowledge council.  The researcher’s role goes beyond the creation of new knowledge.  Researchers must become more proficient at moving the knowledge they create into action, and in the process, at linking up with a broad base of researchers and stakeholder-partners across the country… The Canadian granting agencies have also acknowledged that information and communication technologies (ICT’s) play a key role in facilitating both research and the dissemination of research output.” (Canadian Association of Research Librarians). 

For research to be effective in impacting public policy, research output must be shared, and shared in different ways, and to various users and user groups, be it through textual publication, development of new products and/or services, or the creation of innovative policies especially through the use of traditional media and new information and communication technologies, especially involving the Internet and on-line applications.  Global Synergy can be of service to you and your colleagues in providing these kinds of services for your particular dissemination needs.

Knowledge dissemination must not be viewed as an adjunct to research; rather, it must be treated as an integral part of the knowledge creation process, along with access to knowledge.  Research communications are a critical factor in a knowledge society and it involves a whole host of creative and innovative processes, mechanisms, and networks - all of which Global Synergy has the expertise in and can assist you and your colleagues with.

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