Application Process

How We Work

We have designed a streamlined application process that provides timely feedback at every stage.

After each step of the application, we’ll also be seeking your feedback so we can incorporate your suggestions and continue to improve our process and your experience.

The application has three steps. At each step, you will be notified of your eligibility to continue to the next part of the process.

Learn more about the steps to apply for funding below.

SMOs benefit from “a simpler, more supportive application process with greater guidance and direction.”

— ICN and CCIC Report, 2018



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Step 1: Eligibility

Complete the online eligibility self-assessment. You will be notified immediately if you are eligible to apply for our program.



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Step 2: Concept Note

If eligible, you will be invited to create an account on our online application system and submit your concept note.

Concept Note


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Step 3: Proposal

Following the review process, organizations with concept notes that show the most promise will be asked to submit proposals. Top proposals will be offered funding to test their innovative solutions.

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What you can expect

As a new fund, we anticipate making some adjustments to our process as we learn from our experience and gather feedback from SMOs.

We are aiming to respond to applicants according to the timelines listed below. We intend to have two concept note intakes per year, and we will announce those dates as they are decided.

  1. Eligible applicants will have 6 weeks to submit a Concept Note.
  2. Concept Notes will be reviewed and selected within 6-8 weeks.
  3. If your Concept Note is selected, you will have 6 weeks to submit a full proposal.
  4. Proposals will be reviewed and successful applicants will be notified of decision.
  5. After each step of the application process, we will send you a brief survey to provide feedback on your experience.
  6. You will receive clear communication and updates throughout the application process, including webinars to answer common questions.

Key Dates


Intake 1, 2, 3 Testing Period underway
Intake 4* Decisions Fall 2021
Intake 5* Concept Notes due October 8, 2021, 1pm (central time)
Intake 5* Concept Note Decisions Late Fall 2021
Intake 5* Full Proposals due February 3, 2022, 1pm (central time)
Intake 5* Decisions Spring 2022
Reports and Knowledge Exchange On-going during Testing Period

Note that all dates are subject to change.

*FIT will be prioritizing shorter term and lower funding requests in Intakes 4 and 5.  


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