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CIES Knowledge Mobilization Field Initiated Activity Grant

Sunday, February 7, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joseph Sapp
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Call for Proposals

Deadline: May 1, 2016

In 2014, the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Board created the Ad Hoc Committee on Knowledge Mobilization, New Media, and Member Communications (KMb Committee). Knowledge Mobilization (KMb), is broadly defined as a set of deliberate strategies to increase the accessibility, impact, and usability of research for the common good through multi-dimensional interactive strategies that target a wide range of stakeholders, including scholars, practitioners, policy makers, educators, and community members. To this end, the KMb Committee has been charged with (1)developing a knowledge mobilization strategy for the Society and (2) proposing a set of investments and activities for "moving the Society forward into a digital age" - both to increase knowledge accessibility, usability, and impact, as well as improve internal networking and communication among the CIES members.

In order to support the development of partnerships between researchers, policy-makers, media representatives, and grassroots or field-based community mobilizers, CIES SIGs and Committees are invited to apply for small grants ($500-$2000) to support field-initiated activities in knowledge mobilization. Funding a select series of initiatives will help not only to extend the impact of research, but will also contribute insights on what works in connecting CIES members with community stakeholders. The emphasis will be on supporting under-represented groups in KMb work within the CIES.

Applications will be accepted from SIGs, UREAG, the Gender and Education Committee, and the New Scholars Committee. All of the proposed activities will have to be linked directly with CIES KMb strategy development and implementation, and priority will be given to those proposals which create partnerships between two or more SIGs/Committees, or provide platforms for underrepresented voices to share their work.


Some examples of KMb activities include:

  • developing a series of research focused blogs, videos, podcasts, clear language research summaries, or other non-traditional knowledge-based products
  • establishing and/or growing the online presence of your group by developing a website,
  • expanding social media presence, etc.
  • hosting an online networking event to help build stronger connections between the academics, policy-makers, and practitioners in your group

For more ideas and resources to help you develop your proposal please see


Submissions should include:

A. A short proposal (2-3 pages) explaining your idea and how it will help increase the accessibility, impact, and usability of research and their relation to the CIES KMb strategy 

B. A budget explaining how the requested funds will be used

C. The resume (not an academic CV) for the SIG/Committee's representative who will act as the project lead.

The deadline for the submission of the applications is May 1, 2016. Please submit your applications to

The committee will review all proposals and notify the applicants by June 1, 2016. Applications will be reviewed by the CIES KMb Committee. Awards will range between $500 and $2,000. We expect to fund a total of 2-3 grants.

If you have any questions, please contact:


Members of the CIES Committee on Knowledge Mobilization, New Media, and Member Communications:

Iveta Silova (Arizona State University) and Meg Gardinier (Florida International University), Co-Chairs; Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher (University of Pennsylvania), Gustavo Fischman (Arizona State University), Jayson Richardson (University of Kentucky), Mariusz Galczynski (McGill University), Robyn Read (OISE, University of Toronto), Shoko Yamada (Nagoya University, Japan), Jose Cossa (American University in Cairo).

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