2019 Knowledge Translation Grants

The 2019 CFN Knowledge Translation (KT) Competition is designed to bridge the gap between evidence and practice.  We are looking for scaleable projects that initiate or improve the implementation and/or adoption of evidence to improve the health and functioning of older adults living with frailty and/or their family/friend caregivers.


For the 2019 KT competition, CFN has identified two priorities. The scope of the projects may vary depending on the setting’s readiness and capacity for change and/or the KT strategy.

  1. Enhancing integrated models of care to improve frailty outcomes. This priority is intended to support KT and implementation projects focused on practice and service. This includes initiatives aimed to improve health and functioning of older adults with frailty and/or the accessibility and/or quality of care in any setting. For example, using prompts in primary care to systematically screen older adults for frailty, and provide thorough assessments with appropriate referrals for patients with frailty.
  2. Strategies for improving functional outcomes in older adults living with frailty and/or their caregivers. This priority focuses on KT and implementation projects that provide quality care for older adults with frailty to improve their health outcomes, which may include helping them stay active, slowing the progression of frailty, and/or reducing the need for early entry to long-term care. For example, using pre-habilitation or reablement to improve physical function or quality of life for older adults with frailty.

Eligibility: The 2019 KT competition is open to all interested investigators. Prior CFN funding is not required. For CFN Network Investigators, submitted KT proposals should not overlap the end-of-grant KT activities identified in any previously funded CFN project. KT projects proposed must address one of the priority areas (see above), and must have multidisciplinary, multi-institutional teams. Projects of 18 months in duration or less will be considered.

Funding: There is no maximum amount for a single KT proposal. The overall KT competition budget is $500,000, and budget justification within submitted proposals will be a major evaluation criterion.  Increasing budgetary requests will be expected to produce greater impact and will undergo scrutiny as to their ability to achieve such impact.  CFN corporate cash contributions may increase the overall competition funding available; please visit our website regularly for any updates. All proposals require partners who have committed cash and/or eligible in-kind contributions from NCE-eligible partners on a 1:1 basis, at a minimum.

In New Brunswick, the competition is presented in collaboration with the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF),with funding available for projects where all funds are spent within New Brunswick, and the Principal Investigators receiving funding are from an institution in New Brunswick eligible to receive Tri-Council funding.

How to Apply: THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. Projects submitted Intent to Apply (IA) online by Monday, January 14, 2019 at 5 pm ET. The Intent to Apply will be adjudicated based on alignment with CFN KT competition priorities; evidence base; feasibility; citizen, partner and other stakeholder engagement; and potential reach and impact. Top-rated projects will be invited to submit a full Application. Invitations to submit a full Application will be sent in late January 2019. Full details about the competition are covered in the Program Guidelines.