Applications for Solutions Lab funding will go through an annual, 2-stage competitive process.
Each year in April, CMHC will issue a Request for Expression of Interest (EOI). Proponents will then have 4 weeks to submit an EOI that must contain:
- problem description
- list of the proposed Solutions Lab team and partners
- relevance of the proposed lab to the Strategy’s key priority areas and populations
- potential impacts if the Solutions Labs are successful
CMHC will take 3-4 weeks to evaluate the EOIs. A shortlist of winning teams will be advised by email.
Successful teams will receive a list of Solutions Lab Consultants on standing offer with CMHC. This will help prepare and submit a detailed proposal to CMHC within 4–6 weeks. The proposals will be evaluated and prioritized based on several criteria:
- the Solutions Lab teams and partners
- availability of co-funding
- lab approach and methodologies
- potential impact
CMHC will take 3–4 weeks to evaluate and approve proposals. Contribution agreements with winning teams are expected to be signed by fall of 2018.
Note: Successful applicants shortlisted for Stage 2 must identify the Solutions Lab Consultant they propose to work with. CMHC has a pre-approved list of consultants for stakeholders to access. If stakeholders choose to collaborate with someone else, they must meet the same criteria used for the pre-approved list. Detailed information regarding the criteria will be available in the Stage 2 Applicant’s Guide.