(December 11, 2020 Update) We would like to thank the many groups and organizations that applied to our most recent call for proposals, Shock-proofing the Future of Work. Interest was overwhelming, as we received a total of 469 applications. We were only able to offer funding to a small proportion of proposals, but we greatly appreciate the engagement demonstrated by Canadians across the country in helping to advance our skills agenda.
As with previous funding calls, FSC implemented an independent and objective evaluation process to ensure that all projects were adjudicated fairly. Projects were evaluated according to a set of seven criteria published in our application guidelines (i.e., relevance; impact; coherence; capacity; evidence; equity, diversity and inclusion; and innovation). A group of 86 external reviewers identified as relevant subject-matter experts participated in this process. All external reviewers were independent of FSC and subject to conflict-of-interest checks.
Reviewers were provided with a scorecard that ensured that every project was assessed according to identical criteria and assigned a numerical score. Each project was reviewed independently by four different reviewers: three external reviewers and a Director or Manager of Programs at FSC (in the case of projects requesting less than $200,000); or three external reviewers and a member of our Pilot Steering Committee, which consists of internal and external advisors (in the case of those requesting $200,000 or more).
Projects ultimately selected for funding represent those that receive the highest scores and are recommended for funding by the Pilot Steering Committee and FSC senior leadership.
Due to the high number of proposals, we are unfortunately not in the position to respond to specific questions or requests concerning applications made to the Shock-proofing the Future of Work call for proposals. We would, however, like to advise all applicants that we anticipate launching future calls for proposals. We invite all applicants, as well as others working in the field of skills development, to continue your engagement with us and consider applying for funding in the future.