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 have 4 weeks to submit an EOI that must contain the following information:
- describe the problem
- list the proposed Solutions Lab team and partners
- demonstrate the relevance of the proposed lab to NHS priority areas and populations.
- discuss the 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 be provided with a list of Solutions Lab Consultants on Standing Offer with CMHC in order to prepare and submit a detailed proposal to CMHC 4-6 weeks later. 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 prepared a pre-approved list of Solution Lab Consultants that stakeholders can access. If stakeholders choose to partner with Solution Lab Consultants not on the pre-approved list, the team’s consultants will have to be evaluated and meet the same criteria used to select consultants on the pre-approved list. Detailed information regarding the criteria will be available in the Stage 2 Applicant’s Guide.