KINGSTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 29, 2016) - Networks of Centres of Excellence

Three knowledge mobilization networks, including the Kingston-based Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network (PREVNet), will receive renewed support totalling $3.6 million from the Government of Canada to continue their work in putting scientifically validated best practices into the hands of the people who put it to use on the front lines.

Mark Gerretsen, Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands, on behalf of Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, today announced at Queen's University that PREVNet will receive $1.2 million over three years to continue to connect the best research with those who can put it into practice.

These investments are the result of the most recent competition for the Networks of Centres of Excellence Knowledge Mobilization initiative. Children and Youth in Challenging Contexts (CYCC) and Translating Emergency Knowledge for Kids (TREKK) were the other two networks to receive renewed funding. Funded networks support knowledge transfer activities and collaborations among academia, industry, government and not-for-profit organizations in a variety of sectors.


"These networks demonstrate how the results of basic research can be used to inform evidence-based policies and practices. By putting the latest knowledge into the hands of people at the front lines, they help ensure that children and youth across Canada will receive better care and live in a safer environment."

- The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science

"The Government of Canada is proud of its support for innovative initiatives through the NCE Knowledge Mobilization networks. One of the key characteristics of these networks is their ability to make an impact at the grassroots level - in emergency rooms, schoolyards and local communities. These are tangible benefits that Canadians experience in their day-to-day lives."

- Mark Gerretsen, Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands

"CYCC, PREVNet and TREKK have demonstrated extraordinary value and made a very tangible difference in reducing bullying, improving emergency care for kids and helping youth who are at risk since they were created in 2011. We are proud to be able to continue supporting their work for another three years."

- Dominique Bérubé, Vice-President, Research Programs, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

"We thank the NCE for providing PREVNet with the opportunity to create a 'made in Canada' solution and to develop a partnership model that is unique in the world. The added value of PREVNet has been to have a cohesive, orchestrated approach across different systems, such as mental health, education, and public health, so we can address bullying prevention in a systematic and evidence-based way. In Canada and beyond, PREVNet is recognized as the authoritative voice for the prevention of bullying and the promotion of healthy relationships."

- Debra Pepler, Scientific Co-Director of PREVNet and Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology, York University

"Our goal for the next three years is to enhance Canadians' capacity to prevent bullying and promote healthy relationships by partnering with governments, corporations, and youth-serving organizations to leverage our most successful evidence-based resources, adapt them for many different groups, and put them into the hands of those involved with children and youth in all the places where they live, learn, and play. The prevention of violence through the promotion of healthy relationships in children and youths' development are the cornerstones for a competitive, healthy and productive society."

- Wendy Craig, Scientific Co-Director of PREVNet and Professor and Head of the Department of Psychology, Queen's University

"Our renewal will enable the CYCC Network to continue our work with partners across Canada to find the very best ways community-based children's services can build children's resilience. Focused on how to prevent violence towards children, and end young people's violence, we are identifying hundreds of great programs from across this country that show promise. Our community partners are setting the network's priorities, from preventing violent extremism among youth to finding ways to prevent suicide and helping victims of child sexual abuse heal."

- Michael Ungar, Scientific Director, CYCC Network

"We are grateful to the Government of Canada for its continuing support of Translating Emergency Knowledge for Kids (TREKK) and our vision that every child receives the highest standard of care, whether they are treated in a pediatric or general emergency department. This additional funding will allow TREKK to share the latest evidence in pediatric emergency care through innovative and engaging resources for both health providers and families and continue with efforts to expand TREKK's reach to all emergency departments across the country."

- Terry Klassen, Director, TREKK

Quick facts

  • Each renewed network will received $1.2 million from 2016-19.
  • CYCC (headquartered in Halifax, NS) translates research into tangible policies and programs through national and local events; a web-based database of best practices; and knowledge synthesis reports on critical topics relating to mental health programming for vulnerable and at-risk young people.
  • PREVNet (headquartered in Kingston, ON) brings together a network of researchers and national organizations. Its initiatives, based on education, assessment, intervention and policy, are designed to stop bullying and victimization and create environments where children feel safe.
  • TREKK (headquartered in Winnipeg, MB) shares knowledge and experience among general emergency departments, children's hospitals, and academic institutions to ensure that the latest knowledge about pediatric emergency care is put into common practice.
  • The NCE-KM program was created in 2011, and currently funds five networks. Other networks' mandates focus on cybersecurity and regenerative medicine.

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The Networks of Centres of Excellence, which manages the NCE-KM initiative, operates a suite of national funding programs on behalf of the three federal granting agencies-the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). NCE programs support large scale, multi-disciplinary collaborations between universities, industry, government and not-for-profit organizations, which focus Canada's research capacity on economic and social challenges, help commercialize and apply research breakthroughs, increase private-sector R&D, and train highly qualified people.

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