In line with the program objectives, applications are evaluated according to three main criteria:
Level of intersectoral integration
In concrete terms, intersectoral networking in research – which cannot be reduced to a merely collaborative approach – takes shape through:
The joint design and development, within the project, of research problems that engage research questions or topics common to or shared by representatives of the different sectors;
The development of an innovative methodology, adapted to each research problem and integrating approaches from each sector represented within the project;
Team composition: the project must be headed by researchers from at least two sectors.
Potential for disruptive innovation
By "disruptive innovation", the FRQ mean significantly challenging the foundations, knowledge and practices that govern a field of research, or the approaches and methods that commonly underpin the study of a research topic. A project's potential for disruptive innovation lies in its capacity, thanks to its intersectoral focus, to go beyond the boundaries of what is known, to break with its inherited frameworks and standards in order to produce radically new knowledge of a theoretical, epistemological, methodological, aesthetic or technological nature that will transform the research field. The applicants must demonstrate that the anticipated breakthroughs of the project have a real potential for disruption.
Scope of the anticipated impacts
For the purposes of this program, the notion of "impacts" is understood to mean "deliverables", in the broadest sense of the term. The potential impacts under this program, which must be of benefit to Québec society, can be scientific, social, economic, technological, cultural, or aesthetic in nature.
In all cases, the impacts of the project, as envisaged, must be considerable in the event of success.
Finally, the budget estimates are analyzed by the committee, which verifies their consistency with the submitted project.
As indicated in Section 4 of the CGR, the Fonds receive funding applications, check their eligibility and submit them for scientific evaluation by a committee whose members are recognized for their skills, expertise and achievements relating to the program objectives and the applications submitted. Nonetheless, as the evaluators for this type of program come from a variety of different backgrounds, applicants are encouraged, in the documents submitted for evaluation, to present their project in such a way as to be easily understandable in a multidisciplinary context.
The project evaluation process takes place in two phases:
Phase 1: analysis by the evaluation committee of the submitted application and accompanying document;
Phase 2: interview with the leaders of the projects selected in Phase 1 for a presentation before the evaluation committee.
The conditions governing funding decisions are specified in Section 4.5 of the CGR.