Future Skills Centre
August 2019 Call for Proposals
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The Future Skills Centre recently launched its latest open call for proposals that address one of the following three questions:
- How can we best support Canadians facing labour market disruption to transition to new jobs or industries?
- How can employers be more effectively engaged in developing and delivering demand-driven solutions to skills gap challenges?
- How can skills development systems be optimized, building up the capacity of service provides and encouraging collaboration between organizations?
Canada’s competitiveness and prosperity relies on a skilled and competent workforce. There is mounting evidence, however, that in a time of rapid economic and labour market change, action is required to collectively to ensure our skills development ecosystem keeps pace with the scale of disruption that is being faced. There is an urgent need to better understand what skills Canadians require to prosper and how Canada can leverage its skills development infrastructure to meet the needs of workers and employers across the country today and into the future.
The objective of this Call for Proposals is to identify, test and evaluate innovative projects that have the potential to generate actionable evidence about how to better equip Canadians with the skills required to navigate a fast-changing labour market.
Maximum Project Value
- The Innovation Stream will support successful projects in any of the three themes that are in an early development phase. Projects in this stream will have access to technical advice and other implementation guidance to support the development of robust theories of change and exploration of the extent project activities produce target outcomes and identification of factors that contribute to success.
- The Evidence Stream will support approaches in any of the three themes that have existing evidence of their effectiveness and have potential to be a scalable solution to our Canada’s most pressing skills development challenges.
If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.
Shortlisted applicants must follow Future Skills Centre instructions for submitting a full application.
How to Apply
The application process will take place in three steps:
- Letters of Interest must be submitted on the application portal by 5pm EDT on September 16, 2019. Decisions will be communicated by the end of October.
Letters of Interest must include an approximate project budget and your requested funding. Funding requests should be commensurate with the level of effort required to successfully deliver on project outcomes. While direct matching funds are not required, a demonstration of in-kind support on a 1:1 basis is strongly encouraged.
- Shortlisted applicants will then be invited to submit a full application by 5pm EDT on December 16, 2019.
If shortlisted, proponents will be required to submit a detailed budget as part of the full application.
- Interviews with shortlisted projects will take place in February 2020. Final decisions will be communicated by the end of February.
Successful projects will be announced in March 2020.
Information For Co-applicants
If you need to meet a deadline set by the lead institution for this opportunity, please ensure that you provide the Office of Research with at least five days in advance of the lead institution’s deadline to review the application, or your proposed component of the project. Please be in touch with the Office of Research (contact information below) ahead of the deadline if it looks like it will be difficult for you to submit all the required documentation on time (i.e. budget, proposal, OR-5 Form).