Call for applications: Paula Goering Award in mental health and addictions

The Paula Goering Collaborative Research and Knowledge Translation Award recognizes an innovative researcher – knowledge user collaboration for Integrated Knowledge Translation in the area of mental health and addictions.

The award was created to honour Dr. Paula Goering, who was a national leader in health services research and a pathbreaker in integrated knowledge development and dissemination. Dr. Goering held various senior positions at the CAMH, including Head of the Health Systems Research and Consulting Unit which she established. She was a Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Nursing, and the Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation at the University of Toronto. From 2000 to 2010, Dr. Goering held a Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR)/ Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (Formerly called the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation) Chair in Health Services Research, with a focus on Knowledge Translation.

The Paula Goering Award was first launched in 2012 and is offered bi-annually (every two years). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 call was postponed. This is the fifth call for applications. Learn more about the 2018 award winner.

The award is managed by the Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) at CAMH. PSSP houses the Evidence Exchange Network (EENet), a mental health and addictions knowledge exchange network for Ontario that Dr. Goering was instrumental in creating. PSSP shares Dr. Goering’s aim to strengthen relevance of research and to bridge the research to practice gap.

The Award Committee is inviting applicants for partnership projects that specifically demonstrate use of an Integrated Knowledge Translation (IKT) approach, in the mental health and addictions sector. As indicated by CIHR, IKT occurs when researchers and knowledge users engage in a collaborative process at every stage of a project, with the overarching goal being the co-production of knowledge, its exchange and its translation into action. IKT starts with selection of the research question and continues with decisions about the methodology, data collection approach, interpretation of findings, dissemination of results and movement of results into practice.2 The IKT approach can be incorporated into knowledge generation and knowledge implementation studies, and can be applied to all kinds of research, including prevention, early intervention, treatment, recovery and rehabilitation.

The award committee is seeking collaborative research projects that demonstrate innovation and creativity, and value to the field. At least one of the partners should be based in the province of Ontario. All investigators, including young investigators (Master’s degree and above, and within five years of receiving their highest degree) are encouraged to apply for the award. The award recipients will be invited to present their project at an EENet event to share with wider Ontario stakeholders and system users.

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Application submission deadline: May 15, 2022

Award recipient notified: by July 2022

Review Committee includes representation from research, knowledge user and policy communities.

Submission process

Please complete and submit the application form by May 15, 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact Angela Yip,

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