The Betty Havens Prize (2019) – CIHR Institute of Aging (CIHR-IA)

The CIHR Institute of Aging (CIHR-IA) will recognize an individual, team or organization that has advanced the translation of research in aging at a local or regional level. The achievements of the individual, team or organization that is the recipient of the CIHR Institute of Aging Betty Havens Prize for Knowledge Translation in Aging will be celebrated at the Canadian Association on Gerontology (CAG) Annual Scientific and Education Meeting. Recipients are expected to attend the CAG meeting to receive their prize and will also be highlighted in CIHR communication materials.

Program Name:  Prize : Betty Havens Prize (2019)
(CIHR Institute of Aging Betty Havens Prize for Knowledge Translation in Aging)
Program Launch Date:  2019-06-27

Important Dates

Competition 201907BET
Application Deadline 2019-07-23
Anticipated Notice of Decision 2019-08-28
Funding Start Date 2019-09-01

This prize honors Betty Havens, a leading gerontologist committed to improving the lives of seniors, with notable achievements in health services research on the aging process. She created one of the world’s richest research infrastructures — the Aging in Manitoba Study (AIM) — used both across Canada and internationally. Betty Havens carried out her research while she was a full-time policy maker, acting as a research director, provincial gerontologist, and, ultimately, Assistant Deputy Minister of Community and Long-Term Care in Manitoba. Her research continues to influence the creation of policy today. Throughout her 30-year career Betty Havens made substantial achievements and accomplishments as a decision maker, researcher, communicator, supporter of students, and mentor of young scholars.

The IA’s Betty Havens Prize for Knowledge Translation in Aging is an attestation of the importance that the IA places on translating research findings into useful knowledge for all stakeholders. Nominations for the prize must demonstrate that the nominee has:

  • Contributed significantly to moving research findings into practice or policy by facilitating the synthesis, dissemination, exchange and ethically sound application of knowledge at a local or regional level;
  • Engaged in knowledge translation (KT) activities that are specifically related/targeted to a community and/or region and are aimed at bridging the gap between knowledge and practice/policy and facilitating the dissemination, uptake and application of knowledge in this context;
  • Linked research/researchers with decision makers / knowledge users locally and/or regionally in order to improve the health of Canadians and/or health services/products and/or the Canadian health care system (policy or practice);
  • Engaged in KT efforts and strategies that have been successful in influencing or changing local, regional or provincial policy or practice; and
  • Formed strong partnerships with other local/regional organizations.

Relevant KT activities must be clearly related to the research priorities of IA and must have an important impact on Canada’s aging population.

Funds Available

CIHR and partner(s) financial contributions for this initiative are subject to availability of funds. Should CIHR or partner(s) funding levels not be available or are decreased due to unforeseen circumstances, CIHR and partner(s) reserve the right to reduce, defer or suspend financial contributions to the prize received as a result of this funding opportunity.

  • The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $20,000, enough to fund one prize.




The Betty Havens Prize funding opportunity is expected to:

  • recognize outstanding achievements and excellence in KT in aging at a local or regional level; and
  • provide financial support to further foster excellence and innovation in KT activities.



Eligibility to Apply

For a nomination to be eligible:

  • The nominee must be an individual, team or organization.
  • While CIHR funding is not a pre-requisite for eligibility of the nominees for the prize, CIHR expects that the exemplary KT activities of nominated individuals, teams or organizations will normally have attracted external merit-based funding.
  • Members of the CIHR Governing Council, CIHR Scientific Directors and CIHR staff are not eligible for this prize.
  • Candidates may be nominated on more than one occasion provided that they continue to meet the eligibility requirements. Nominations that were not successful in a previous Betty Havens Prize competition may be nominated by submitting a new full nomination with recent updates on impact.
  • The Betty Havens Prize can be received by an individual, team or organization only once.

Anyone with direct knowledge of the contribution of the nominee(s) can nominate the individual, team or organization for this prize. Nominators can be colleagues or any organization(s) or individual(s) who have benefited from the nominee’s activities. CIHR welcomes nominations from either individuals, teams or organizations working in Canada in the health field, including:

  • Health planners, managers, policy makers and administrators
  • Health practitioners
  • Independent health researchers
  • Not-for-profit organizations with a research or knowledge translation mandate including professional associations
  • Public health or public policy officials
  • Groups representing survivors of, or patients with, a specific health problem that is within the priorities of the Institute of Aging.



General CIHR Policies

Successful applicants funded through this funding opportunity and any other persons working on the project must fully comply with the applicable CIHR Funding Policies.

Allowable Costs

Applicants should review the Use of Grant Funds section of the Tri-Agency (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC) Financial Administration Guide for a complete listing and description of allowable costs and activities.

Conditions of Funding

  • The applicant must consent to the use and disclosure of full application and nominative information for relevance review and funding decisions at the time of application.
  • Successful nominees who are funded through this funding opportunity and any other persons working on the project must comply fully with the CIHR Funding Policies. Policies and guidelines cover areas such as Applicant Responsibilities, Official Languages policy, Access to Information and Privacy Acts, and Acknowledgement of CIHR’s Support.
  • Successful applicants will be informed of any special financial requirements prior to the release of funds or when they receive CIHR’s Authorization for Funding (AFF) document. The business office of the institution of an eligible Nominated Principal Applicant generally administers CIHR funds.


Review Process and Evaluation

Relevance Review Process

CIHR-IA will perform a relevance review to identify nominations that are in alignment with the description and objectives of this funding opportunity and the Institute of Aging’s Strategic Research Priorities.

Nominations that are not deemed to be relevant will be withdrawn from the competition.

Review Process

A CIHR review committee will evaluate the full nominations. The committee will be created specifically for this funding opportunity. Committee members are selected following the Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Policy of the Federal Research Funding Organizations (COIC).

For information on CIHR’s peer review principles, see the Peer Review: Overview section of CIHR’s website.

Evaluation Criteria

Nominations will be reviewed by a peer review committee, which may include Canadian and international researchers, members of the private sector, and knowledge users with expertise in knowledge translation.

Nominations will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • To what extent does the nomination demonstrate evidence of influence on the synthesis, dissemination, exchange and ethically sound application of knowledge at the local or regional level?
  • To what extent does the nomination demonstrate significant improvement of the health of in Canadians, more effective health services and products, and/or strengthening of the health system?
  • How strong are the letters of support received in support of the nominee(s)?

Funding Decision

The successful recipient of the Betty Havens Prize will be determined by the peer review committee.

How to Apply

Note: This funding opportunity now requires the use of ResearchNet to apply for funding.

Nomination Process

For Nominator(s):

  • Connect with your  nominee(s)
  • Provide completed nomination letter and support letter(s) to nominee(s)

For Nominee(s):

Complete the applications by following the instructions below.

  • The nomination process for this funding opportunity is comprised of one step: Nomination.
  • The nominee(s) must submit all nomination documents through ResearchNet, therefore nominators will send all nomination documents to nominees (applicants) for uploading to ResearchNet.
  • Self-nominations will not be accepted.
  • All nomination participants will:

Specific instructions to complete your ResearchNet application

Task: Identify Participants

  • Short biography of nominee(s) (Maximum of 2 pages per biography) – Upload as “Personal CV”
    • For organizations or teams that are nominated, no more than six member biographies can be included. Biographies beyond the maximum allowed will be removed. One of these members has to be designated as Nominated Principal Applicant.

Task: Enter Proposal

  • Overview:
    • Title: Enter Betty Havens Prize 2019
    • Lay Title: Not applicable, this field should be left blank.
    • Lay Abstract: Describe your project/research in a way that is accessible to a lay audience (maximum 250 words).
  • Details:
    • Primary location where research was conducted: Provide the name of the Canadian institution (CIHR Eligible Institution) at which the KT activities were conducted for the article or KT initiative. For Organizations not associated with a CIHR Eligible Institution enter the name of the institution or organization they are associated within the “Other” box.
    • Period of Support Requested: Please enter “0” Years and “0” Month.
  • Descriptors:
    • Descriptors: Enter “Betty Havens Prize” as a project descriptor. No other descriptors are necessary.
    • Themes: Select the theme that most closely aligns with the KT activities.
    • Suggested Institutes: Select IA.
  • Attachments:
    • A summary description (of the KT activities) – Upload as “Activity Description”:
      • Maximum 3 pages of text summary (single-spaced) including references and bibliography. This summary can be prepared by the nominator either with or without the participation of the nominee.
      • The summary must include the following sub-sections:
        • Knowledge Translation Activities:
          • Describe the knowledge translation activities with reference to how the nominee has influenced the adoption of knowledge in terms of synthesis, dissemination, exchange and ethically sound application. Include the strength of the evidence supporting the knowledge that was applied and outline how the knowledge translation activities were evaluated. Applications should include a justification of the KT strategy employed (was the KT strategy evidence-based?). If applicable, include a description of the nature of the interactions between researchers and knowledge-users as part of the knowledge translation process.
        • Impact:
          • Describe and provide evidence of the impact of the knowledge translation activities (and how the impact was measured) in terms of improving the health of individuals in Canada and/or abroad, providing more effective health services and products and strengthening the health care system nationally and/or internationally. Please also detail how previous CIHR funding, if applicable, has contributed to the nominee’s knowledge translation activities/research (include grant and/or award FRN numbers).

Task: Attach Other Application Materials

  • Letters of Support (up to 2 pages per letter) – Upload under “Letters of Support”:
    • One signed letter from the nominator, and;
    • One reference letter from an individual/organization that has direct knowledge of the nominee’s contributions in knowledge translation.
    • One of these letters has to be provided by an outside institution.
  • Supporting documents – Upload under “Other”
    • Applications may include up to five supporting documents. Provide a cover page (maximum 2 pages) briefly outlining the five supporting documents being submitted. Additional documents will be removed from the nomination package.
    • Documents may demonstrate knowledge translation activities and/or impact. These include newspaper clippings, testimonials, workshop materials, posters, journal articles, reports, policies, etc.
    • Nominators are encouraged to submit a range of supporting documents bearing in mind the time required by the review committee to evaluate lengthy attachments, and to submit weblinks in instances where the material is available online, accompanied by a brief description summarizing the piece.

Task: Download Supplemental Application Material

  • The nominee and nominator must complete and upload the Nomination Form.


Contact Information

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Sponsor Description


Internal Collaborators

Canadian Institutes of Health Research
At the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), we know that research has the power to change lives. As Canada’s health research investment agency, we collaborate with partners and researchers to support the discoveries and innovations that improve our health and strengthen our health care system.

CIHR Institute of Aging (IA)
IA is dedicated to ensuring the availability of knowledge with respect to the determinants of active aging as well as those related to the complex health challenges of the older person with the objective of providing better prevention and intervention programs as well as a an efficient and adapted continuum of services for the older person. In collaboration with the other CIHR Institutes, IA seizes opportunities and contributes to facing the challenges associated with the aging Canadian population.

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