Frequently Asked Questions
In congruence with the NCE mandate, the idea of research collaboratives has emerged to bring people working in similar areas together to initiate better collaboration, co-learning, and to contribute to the development of a high impact research agenda. Here is a list of a few frequently asked questions that we have complied on how MtS Inc. envisions the collaboratives process.
MtS Collaboratives are networks of researchers and end users who share an interest in an area of focus that aligns with the goals of MtS’s research program and research priority areas. MtS collaboratives leverage the knowledge and interest of the network of participants to: a) design a coherent, cohesive and realistic research agenda focusing on identifying and prioritizing key areas of work that have the potential of moving the dial on the youth homelessness prevention agenda, and b) nurture and support opportunities for collaboration on projects, proposals and activities in shared areas of interest. The outcome of the process may be that specific collaborative project proposals are developed that are then recommended to go forward to MtS, or which may be prepared for submission to tri-council agencies or other potential funders.
The collaboratives have their origin in the first round of Expressions of Interest (EOI) for MtS research funding in 2019. In several areas of strategic priority, we received a number of discrete proposals with considerable overlap, that at the same time demonstrated potentially significant synergy. Our intent is to co-create the agenda in these areas and encourage collaboration where it makes sense amongst the researchers.
There are five collaboratives in total:
- Transitions from Care
- Big Data & Technology
- School-based early interventions
- Legal & Justice Issues
Ultimately, the collaboratives aim to foster enhanced collaboration between researchers, the development of a subject area research agenda, as well as improved applications that could go forward to full proposal in the future. We are aiming for high-impact social innovation projects that can ‘move the dial’ in the area of youth homelessness prevention and thus allow us to do work that we couldn’t do otherwise.
The role of the NCE is not to replicate or become an alternative to tri-council funding. The NCE offers us an opportunity to be bold in mobilizing networks and utilizing resources to address some big challenges that cannot easily be addressed through traditional granting streams of tri-council funders. The opportunity to co-create and improve as we grow also aligns well with the overall concept of an innovation lab.
Even though some collaboratives have already met, the actual work on the collaboratives has started in October 2019. We are aiming for a more targeted round of proposals for March 2020. However, collaboratives are envisioned as a long-term endeavour, and work is not limited by this timeframe.