The National Housing Strategy Research and Planning Fund application process is open for 2020.
The Research and Planning Fund provides support for housing-related research for:
- not-for-profit organizations
- registered charities
- Indigenous organizations
- Indigenous governments
Better housing-related research will improve governments and housing providers’ ability to aid access to affordable housing, particularly, for those who need it most. Whether renting, owning, in subsidized or market housing, or in shelter, research contributes to a better understanding of the challenges and solutions. This in turn helps create better policies that help meet needs.
The 2020 call for applications is prioritizing funding projects that examine the particular context and challenges of the following:
- racialized persons or communities
- Indigenous peoples
- survivors fleeing situations of family violence
- people experiencing mental health challenges
Applications can address any of the 6 National Housing Strategy priority areas:
- housing for those in greatest need
- community housing sustainability
- Indigenous housing
- northern housing
- sustainable housing and communities
- balanced supply of housing
The fund has an annual budget allocation of $750,000 to cover all streams of activity — planning, research project, programs of research and knowledge mobilization. The amount of funds available for new projects each year varies due to the multi-year nature of some projects. Delays in project timelessness, such as those caused by COVID-19 also impact available funds.
Previously funded projects are on the Research and Planning Fund webpage under Successful Submission .
The application process follows a 2-stage approach:
- Letter of intent.
We will ask applicants to:
- identify the target population(s) gap the project would address
- relevance to the National Housing Strategy objectives
- expected outcomes and potential for impact
The deadline to apply is for the first stage is 2:00 p.m. on November 27, 2020.
- Full application
In the second stage, we’ll invite a subset of applicants to submit a full proposal addressing:
- knowledge transfer plan
The deadline for the second stage is March 15, 2021.
To make the application process easier, we have created an application package that contains:
- the application
- application guidelines
- advice on how to submit a strong proposal
As well, a webinar on the competition will be held on November 4th at 1:00 p.m. (French) and 2:30 p.m. (English)