HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - May 2, 2016) - Networks of Centres of Excellence

Three knowledge mobilization networks, including the Halifax-based Children and Youth in Challenging Contexts (CYCC), 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.

Andy Fillmore, Member of Parliament for Halifax, on behalf of Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan, today announced at Dalhousie University that CYCC will receive $1.2 million over three years to continue to connect the best research on helping at-risk youth with the people who need it.

These investments are the result of the most recent competition for the Networks of Centres of Excellence Knowledge Mobilization initiative. Translating Emergency Knowledge for Kids (TREKK) and Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network (PREVNet) 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

"I am pleased to announce this funding for CYCC, a network that was built on the success of three Halifax-based organizations - the Resilience Research Centre, the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies (Child Soldiers Initiative) and the Centre for Research on Family Health. CYCC translates research into tangible policies and programs."

- Andy Fillmore, Member of Parliament for Halifax

"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

"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

"Together with our partners, this network is committed to breaking the cycle of violence in children's lives. The next three years will see us partnering with organizations in Quebec, Ontario, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Saskatchewan and British Columbia, innovating new ways to document the best programs for children, evaluating their outcomes, and ensuring that more organizations implement promising practices. Our success will be our continuing positive impact on the lives of children living in very challenging contexts."

- Marc Renaud, Chair, Governing Board, CYCC Network

Quick facts

  • Each renewed network will received $1.2 million from 2016-19.
  • CYCC 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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