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Frequently asked questions

From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

About the Hub

What are the objectives of the Hub?

The government will fund $8.6M over three years to establish a third party led Women Entrepreneur Knowledge Hub (WEKH) to advance evidence-based research, collect and disseminate data, knowledge and best practices.

What is the Women Entrepreneur Knowledge Hub?

A one-stop source of knowledge, data and best practices intended to support advancement of women entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds throughout the innovation ecosystem.

Why do we need the WEKH?

The WEKH will help ensure that women entrepreneurs, women business support organizations, government bodies and financial institutions in Canada will be equipped with useful resources and new information to better understand and assist women entrepreneurs. These outcomes will help facilitate the full engagement of women entrepreneurs in Canada's economy.

Are diverse groups (such as youth, indigenous, minority, and LGBTQ, rural, remote or Northern communities) an important focus of the Knowledge Hub?

Yes, diverse, intersectional groups are key focus of this initiative and should be included in each of the required activities in your proposal.

Will this be a permanent Hub?

The Women Entrepreneurship Strategy will fund the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub for three years. Applicants are required to submit a financial sustainability plan with their submission to detail how the Knowledge Hub will be self-sufficient after the contribution agreement ends with ISED.

About eligibility

Who is eligible to apply?

Eligible recipients are academic or research institutions. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as a Consortium. For further details please consult the WEKH Application Guide.

Who is ineligible to apply?

For-profit organizations are not eligible to apply for the Knowledge Hub

Are social enterprises and co-operatives eligible to apply as members of a Consortium?

Yes, Canadian incorporated non-profit organizations, including social enterprises and co-operatives are eligible to be a consortium member under the lead of an academic or research institute lead organization.

What are the eligible activities under the WEKH?

To view the mandatory activity requirements for this initiative please consult the WEKH Application Guide.

What are eligible costs under the WEKH?

For a complete list please consult the WEKH Application Guide.

What costs are ineligible?

For a complete list please consult the WEKH Application Guide.

About the application process

How can I submit my application?

Please see the WEKH Application Guide for details.

What is a consortium?

A consortium consists of an academic or research institute lead applicant and one or more partner organization. A consortium should submit one collective application and may have various legal arrangements amongst its partners.

Why should I apply as a consortium instead of a single organization?

Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as a consortium to strengthen their application request. Collaboration will help build the capacity needed to undertake all the required activities, ensure a national reach and provide products in both official languages.

I plan to submit an application as part of a consortium where I am the lead organization. Do the other partners have to comply with all eligibility requirements?

In a consortium application, both the lead organization and partner organizations must meet the eligibility requirements and submit their documents of incorporation.

What documents do I need to submit as part of my application request?

The documents required to support your application request are provided in a checklist within the WEKH Application Guide.

Can I submit more than one application package?

Applicants should only submit one application package.

How long is the application process?

The application process will last 9 weeks and close on September 14, 2018.

What are your service standards?

Once you submit an application, our goal is to:

  • acknowledge the receipt of a completed and signed application package within 48 hours of receiving it (during working days); and
  • respond to general inquiries within 48 hours (during working days).
Can applicants select which official language they wish to submit their application in?

Yes. Applicants may submit their applications documents in either English or French.

About the assessment process

How are applications assessed?

Projects will be assessed to ensure they meet the eligibility criteria and for their quality, merit and relevance. Further guidance is provided in the WEKH Application Guide.

About funding

What amount of funding can I request in my proposal?

The total amount requested from ISED may not exceed $8.62M for the WEKH over three years.

How many organizations will receive funding?

The Government of Canada will select one organization or consortium to establish the Women Entrepreneur Knowledge Hub.

In the context of a consortium, how should the contribution of partners to the lead organization be recorded in the budget table?

The application package will include a budget table with the required information. All project partners are required to document the overall budget request of the project and their anticipated revenues from other sources to support planned activities.

Can participating organizations subcontract?

Subcontracting fees are eligible costs which can be claimed under professional fees.
Professional fees are classified as administrative expenses which are not to exceed 10 percent of the total contribution amount paid annually to the selected recipient.
Please note- Participating organizations are considered as partners, and not subcontractors.

What is an in-kind contribution?

An in-kind contribution consists of eligible project costs such as of material goods, services or time to which a dollar value can be attributed that would otherwise be acquired and paid for by the organization. The in-kind contribution must be based on a fair market value and be identifiable, verifiable and auditable throughout the initiative's life cycle.

Will in-kind contributions be counted towards the applicant's other sources of funding/"leveraging" requirement?

Yes. Both cash and in-kind contributions will be accepted as other sources of funding.

Do salaries count as cash contributions towards the applicant's other sources of funding/"leveraging"?

Yes. Salaries and benefit of staff dedicated to the project count as cash contributions.

About reporting requirements

How will this initiative be monitored? What documents will be required as part of the reporting requirements?

Financial reporting will be required with each request for reimbursement of expenditures, in addition to year-end accounting and other financial as required at ISED's discretion.

In addition, progress reports describing the activities completed and progress made towards deliverables, as described in the Project Work Plan must be submitted and performance reports to track progress against the performance measures outlined in the Contribution Agreement will also be required.

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