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The KIS Project mobilizes knowledge. We understand that effective knowledge mobilization (KM) requires two-way communication. More than simply sharing academic research, we see value in providing forums for discussing the issues facing agriculture and rural communities so that we can be better prepared as an industry to face the challenges in the 21st Century.

The issues we like to raise for discussion are those with policy implications such as rail transportation, R&D funding, carbon credit trading, the Canadian Wheat Board, removal of kvd, and biofuels.

The KIS Project at the U of S is one of eleven pilot projects funded by SSHRC in 2006. SSHRC typically funds research, but through its KIS initiative, it is funding the dissemination, outreach and engagement of research into the areas where the research is most useful and necessary. Academic research needs to extend beyond academic journals and conferences and through the KIS Project researchers have access to funding to develop ways to share that research or mobilize knowledge. The U of S KIS Project uses face-to-face events as well as online environments to mobilize knowledge.

This project was awarded three years of matched funding in April 2006. Matching funds are provided by the University of Saskatchewan’s Office of the Vice President of Research, the University of Saskatchewan’s Strategic Research Fund, the College of Agriculture and Bioresources, the Canadian Agricultural Innovation Research Network (CAIRN) and the Centre for Study in Agriculture, Law and the Environment. Total funding for this project is $200,000 per year over three years.

There are three members of the KIS Executive – Murray Fulton, Kathy Lang and Lynette Keyowksi. From time to time, KIS hires consultants and contractors to help in the delivery of KM activities. The project did not officially get started with activities until August 2006 when Kathy Lang began as Project Coordinator. Lynette Keyowski joined as a Project Coordinator in September 2007. There are twenty academic researchers and fifteen partner organizations linked to the U of S Project. Throughout the three years of the project, researchers and partner organizations will work with the KIS Executive; participating in an event or contributing to one of the online initiatives are two of the ways our partners can be involved.

Through every initiative KIS undertakes the goal is to share knowledge and build networks that can foster the dialogue on agriculture and rural communities.



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