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Calls for proposals 24

Inclusive Society Funding Opportunity 24

Update Nov 2024

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Société Inclusive’s Participatory and Intersectoral Research Program is a funding opportunity that will support collaborative intersectoral research projects up to a maximum of $35,000.

The program will support innovative projects that aim to:

• produce concrete changes in the lives of people with disabilities

• support the transformation of associated ecosystems (caregivers, community organizations, public agencies)

• implement solutions to reduce the environmental and social barriers that people with disabilities face in their daily activities.

The research team consists of one main partner, who must be a non-profit organization (NPO) with a mission related to people with disabilities. The team must also include at least one person with experiential knowledge and two principal investigators, each representing a different scientific sector. The proposed project must cover at least two of the following three scientific sectors: Nature and technologies; Health; Society and culture.

*Researchers, as defined by the Fonds de Recherche du Québec. Definition

Interested in participating? Follow the steps below:

  1. Participate in the January 16th presentation meeting (recommended but not mandatory);
  2. Download the complete application kit (english version) ;
  3. Submit your application before March 18th, 2024, 5:00 pm.

Participants who intend to submit a proposal can benefit from the help of an intersectoral collaboration agent to connect with other researchers or partners. Do not hesitate to contact us if needed at info@societeinclusive.ca.

The results would be announced at the end of April 2024.

Documents to download

  • Complete application kit with inside the following documents :
    • Partnership Research Program and admissibility table
    • Application Form
    • Budget

Frequenlty asked questions

Answer: We are in the process of validating a new procedure which, if it works, will follow the plan of transferring the dedicated sums directly to the partner (who will have to provide their bank details) and to the researchers according to the planned budget. 

Answer: Yes, it is important to specify the amount requested but not yet confirmed from another funding partner in your grant application form, not in the budget. 

Experiential knowledge and remuneration

Answer: We recommend that teams draw inspiration from the salary scales for research assistants at the universities with which you are associated, or align themselves with the non-profit organization (NPO) with which you are partnered. It’s also advisable to check with the person with experiential experience about their preferences, to ensure that remuneration is beneficial and unconstrained. Some teams also offer other types of remuneration, such as grocery cards. 

Answer: Yes, it’s perfectly acceptable to submit a professional services invoice for payment of patient partners or experiential knowledge. 

Answer: yes, it’s acceptable, but it’s preferable to find compensation for their time. Currently, this is not a requirement, but a preference. Some teams go through the NPO to pay for experiential knowledge, offering greater flexibility. The amount allocated to the partner is increased accordingly. 

Knowledge transfer

Answer: It is important to dedicate funds to knowledge transfer. Note that there is no maximum indicated. 

Answer: Yes, it could be students hired on a contract basis. You can choose to put the expense on one or the other, or even split it in two. It depends on the specific needs of the team. 


Answer: You don’t have to. However, if you think it might be an option, it’s best to mention it right away. Indeed, it is possible to adjust once the project has been accepted by the evaluation committee. If you’re not thinking of using it at all, don’t mention it.


Answer: The Mitacs application is made a few weeks after receiving confirmation of your project’s acceptance by Société Inclusive. The application is relatively straightforward, but it does take a little time. There is a “research proposal” form to fill in. Allow about 2 months for the process. 


Answer: Yes, it is possible to adjust the budget once the project has been accepted by the evaluation committee. The Mitacs application form is completed only if the project has been approved by Société Inclusive. 


Answer: Yes, it is possible, but not recommended. This is an organization choice. Société Inclusive suggests that the money goes directly to the partner to cover the remuneration of its employees and to help it in its participation in the project. 

Answer: Mitacs is a not-for-profit organization that fosters growth and innovation in Canada by solving business challenges with research solutions from academic institutions. Mitacs is funded by the Government of Canada, and must charge tax on its “revenues”. When you send in an amount, you must plan to pay the tax on the total. Usually, the NPO can recover ½ of the amount paid. 

Answer: This grant is dedicated to projects in the social sciences and humanities. It will be offered to your team when you submit your MITACS application, if your project meets the MITACS criteria. There is nothing to do for the moment. It’s best not to include it in the budget at this stage. If you get it, we can review the budget together. 


Answer: for Mitacs, yes, these are scholarships. If the student is an undergraduate, there’s more flexibility in scheduling working hours, but it shouldn’t be a contract. With Société Inclusive funding, you can pay a student on contract or a research professional with no problem. 

Answer: Yes, but you must have 1 internship unit per student. 


Special thanks

The Inclusive Society Partnership Research Program is funded thanks to the support of the Mirella & Lino Saputo Foundation and the Azrieli Foundation.