Knowledge Mobilization

York University is an award-winning leader in Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) in Canada and internationally.  KMb is a suite of activities that enhances the two-way connection between researchers and research users.   The KMb Unit employs dedicated knowledge brokers to connect research and people for social innovation.  It is dedicated to knowledge brokering & partnership support, training & capacity building, and supporting research grants and research event planning to maximize the impact of research. York’s Knowledge Mobilization Unit received the Knowledge Economy Network Best Practice Award from the European-based Knowledge Economy Network (KEN) in 2012.

Annual Reports

View the Knowledge Mobilization Annual Report 2014-2015.
View the Knowledge Mobilization Annual Report 2013-2014.

The KMb Unit at York University is a service unit that:

  • Builds a culture of KMb
  • Fosters collaboration
  • Supports co-production of knowledge/research
  • Connects policy and practice relevant research to decision-makers
  • Develops and delivers tools for KMb


The Knowledge Mobilization Unit at York is a founding member of ResearchImpact, a pan-Canadian network of 12 universities committed to maximizing the impact of academic research for the social, economic, environmental and health benefits of Canadians. RIR is committed to developing institutional capacities to support knowledge mobilization by developing and sharing knowledge mobilization best practices, services and tools.

Founded in 2006 by York University and the University of Victoria, ResearchImpact is a network of 12 universities that have invested in an institutional capacity to support knowledge mobilization among faculty, students and partner organizations. Current members are: Carleton University, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Memorial University of Newfoundland, University of Guelph, McMaster University, University of New Brunswick, Université de Montréal, Université du Québec à Montréal, University of Saskatchewan, University of Victoria, Wilfrid Laurier University, and York University.

Each RIR institution supports knowledge mobilization that:

  • Builds and facilitates engagement among researchers, students and partners from the public, community/non-profit and the private sector
  • Supports multi-disciplinary collaborations in the social sciences and humanities, engineering, and the health and natural sciences
  • Develops and shares skills and tools for knowledge mobilization
  • Works with other member institutions to share and evaluate promising knowledge mobilization practices
  • Enables a national advocacy voice for knowledge mobilization

Support for Grant Proposals

The Knowledge Mobilization Unit provides service support for York researchers seeking external research funding. With an increasing need for collaborative teams to present a knowledge mobilization plan as part of their grant applications, KMb staff provide a comprehensive suite of support.

Services include:

  • Consultation and training for the project team to develop a Knowledge Mobilization strategy
  • Editing and review of drafted plans
  • Inclusion of in-kind KMb program support for project teams and letters of support as appropriate
  • End-of-grant support with tailored strategies to disseminate research findings to help inform public policy or professional practice.

For more information, please contact:

Michael Johnny, Knowledge Mobilization Manager,, 416.736.2100 x 88876.
Krista Jensen, Knowledge Mobilization Officer,, 416.736.2100 x 88847.