NCE-ITKP Competition Announcement


The NCE-International Knowledge Translation Platforms (NCE-IKTP) initiative is a new initiative within the NCE suite of programs. Its goal is to support international collaborations between networks, centres, consortia and their partners to accelerate knowledge translation in areas of mutual strategic interest. Networks address key problems, challenges or opportunities of high strategic importance for the socio-economic benefit of partners and end users in Canada and abroad. 

The NCE-IKTP initiative was created in 2016. The first competition resulted in three new networks being awarded funding totaling $4.8 million over four years (2017-2020):

Healthy Young People Everywhere (HYPE)
$1.6 million for 2017-20
Headquarters: Ottawa, ON

Youth in Canada and around the world face unprecedented mental health and addiction challenges. Up to one in five young Canadians is estimated to have a diagnosable mental illness, yet services and care tend to be fragmented and under-resourced. The Healthy Young People Everywhere (HYPE) network addresses urgent priorities in youth mental health and addiction (YMHA) service delivery and international knowledge sharing by identifying research gaps and facilitating the sharing of evidence. Integrated Stepped Care Models (ISCM), which ensure access to monitored, coordinated care and treatment matched to needs, are emerging as the preferred evidence-based and cost-effective way to treat YMHA disorders. With over 100 partner individuals and organizations across Canada and in nine other countries, HYPE focuses on deepening understanding of evidence; helping establish a data platform for knowledge exchange; expanding the use of ISCMs via different delivery platforms; applying a scientific framework to the integration of evidence into practice and policy; and engaging youth, family members and other stakeholders.

International Collaboration for Excellence and Innovation in Mental Health in Corrections (I-CEIsMIC)
$1.6 million for 2017-20
Headquarters: Toronto, ON

Studies have shown that mental health problems are more common and severe in correctional institutes than in the general population. Despite agreement that inmates should have the same access to care as the wider community, services have remained relatively underdeveloped. Led by the two major Canadian forensic mental health centres (the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto and the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Coquitlam, BC), the International Collaboration for Excellence and Innovation in Mental Health in Corrections (I-CEISMIC) is mobilizing an international and interdisciplinary network of leaders in correctional mental health. Network activities cover the period from initial contact with the law to post-release reintegration. They are designed to improve the health of inmates, increase the safety of institutions, promote public safety and reduce the economic burden of crime. Among its key tools, I-CEISMIC implements and disseminates the evidence-based STAIR (screening, triage, assessment, intervention and reintegration) care model, stimulating service improvement and policy changes.

Supply Chain Advancement Network in Health (SCAN Health)
$1.6 million for 2017-20
Headquarters: Windsor, ON

With health system costs and demand for patient care growing, the capacity to deliver these services is being exceeded. As a result, costly medical error is now the third leading cause of death in North America. The Supply Chain Advancement Network in Health (SCAN Health) will bring together the expertise of supply chain and logistics research in business schools with the industry expertise of health system stakeholders, including clinicians, researchers, governments and policy makers. This global network, spanning Canada, the USA, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Australia, will accelerate and scale the transformation of health system supply chain management to strengthen efficiency and improve patient safety outcomes. SCAN Health will develop efficient and cost-effective inventory processes, ensuring access to global health products and devices with complete traceability from manufacturer to individual patient outcomes.


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