To be eligible to apply to PolicyWise:
Depending on the type of grant, additional eligibility criteria apply. Please refer to the descriptions of the types of funding opportunities and what each entails.
To support PolicyWise’ core function of building capacity, research teams must include trainees, students and/or junior investigators.
All funding applications received by PolicyWise undergo an internal and/or external review by at least two reviewers who are content and/or methodological experts. Reviewers assign numeric scores from 0-8 in key areas for each application. These scores are weighted and averaged across reviewers, and applications are ranked by score. Please select from the following links to see the criteria that each type of grant is reviewed on:
Applications that receive an average weighted score of 75% or higher in the scientific review are then reviewed for policy relevance by representatives within the Ministry of Children’s Services. Applications are scored out of 20; those that score above 50% continue through for funding decision.
Applications above the cut off points for both the scientific and policy reviews have their scores compiled and ranked. Eligible applications are funded from the top of a ranked list until the available funds are depleted. Final funding decisions are approved by the PolicyWise Board of Directors.