Shortly after its launch in 2019, MtS kicked off its research strategy with a call for Expressions of Interest (EoI). Out of 69 initial applications, 21 were invited to submit a full proposal in September 2019. In December 2019, the MtS Board of Directors approved 8 proposals with a total funding envelope of $2,999,616.20. The recommendation for the funded projects came from the Research Management Committee, comprised of Canadian and international researchers, policymakers, people with lived experience of youth homelessness, and service providers. The funded projects include 8 principal investigators from 6 universities as well as two institutions and bring together a diverse selection of community partners. MtS awards were leveraged with more than $2 million in cash and in-kind contributions from academic and community partners.
The awarded projects share a common goal: to transform how we respond to youth homelessness through research and knowledge mobilization specific to youth homelessness prevention and housing stabilization.
Funding decisions were based on the proposal’s scientific excellence, their level of innovation, quality of partnerships and alignment with MtS’ vision and priority themes. As such, the funded projects align with the first four themes of the MtS research theme areas.
The funded projects showcase the power of collaboration between academic and non-academic partners in identifying innovative, impactful and comprehensive solutions. The projects will help position Canada as the world leader in research regarding effective solutions to youth homelessness in order to transform practice, policy, and systems planning that will create better outcomes for young people.