Fonds d'accélération
des collaborations en santé (FACS)

New Call for Proposals

The 2017-2027 Quebec Life Sciences Strategy provides funding over seven years through the Fonds d’accélération des collaborations en santé (FACS). This fund supports ambitious initiatives to improve and strengthen public and private collaborations across the entire innovation chain in the life sciences sector.

Through this second call for proposals under the FACS, the Government of Québec is inviting the industry to seize opportunities arising from the health crisis by launching ambitious projects. These projects will contribute to the sector’s recovery and will help better position Quebec’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Up to $35 million in funds will be available under this second call for proposals.

The Government of Quebec has mandated CQDM to ensure the implementation of the FACS, which includes evaluating and selecting proposals, as well as monitoring the funded projects.

Eligible Projects

The submitted projects must be structuring for the sector and meet current and future practical needs of companies in the life sciences sector.

Proposed initiatives may involve any health-related discipline, including:

  • the biopharmaceutical industry;
  • medical technology;
  • information technology applied to health (including AI approaches).

They must promote Quebec’s economic recovery by meeting the specific objectives of this new call for proposals:

  • Increase the maturity and competitiveness of innovative SMEs in the life sciences sector at the national and international levels;
  • Strengthen the sector’s innovation chain by accelerating and improving the efficiency of processes enabling the development and maturation of innovations from Quebec companies;
  • Expand or strengthen a high-potential niche market;
  • Attract private and foreign investments.

The initiatives must generate direct and tangible short- and long-term benefits for all public and private partners involved in the project, as well as for the players in Quebec’s life sciences ecosystem.

Research and development activities are not mandatory for the projects submitted. However, should they include such activities, the results must generate impacts that go well beyond the advancement of knowledge.

Eligible Proposals

The application for funding must be submitted by:

  • a non-profit organization based in Quebec with a track record of success in the life sciences sector;
  • a Québec institution that is part of the higher education or health and social services network.

The group of partners must include a minimum of four independent organizations, including:

  • at least two different universities or colleges, or at least two institutions in the health and social services network affiliated with different integrated university health networks;
  • at least two SMEs.

Funding

Selected projects will receive non-repayable government funding ranging from $5 million and $10 million.

Partner contributions must represent at least 50% of eligible expenses, including:

  • a minimum of 35% of the financial package must be funded by private companies (including a minimum contribution of 20% from Québec SMEs);
  • a maximum of 15% may be provided by charitable foundations or other eligible sources.

Only Québec SMEs are authorized to make in-kind contributions of up to 25% of eligible expenses. All other contributions must be made in cash.

Submission and Selection of Projects

Projects are selected in two stages:

  1. Applicants are invited to submit a short application outlining the proposed initiative. Proposals meeting FACS eligibility criteria will be examined by a Review Panel comprised of independent experts appointed by CQDM’s Scientific Advisory Board.
  2. Successful applicants will be invited to submit a full application. The Review Panel will examine full applications and, under the supervision of CQDM’s Scientific Advisory Board, will make its funding recommendations to CQDM’s Board of Directors.

The completed short application and all supporting documents must be submitted by August 19, 2020 at 4 p.m. by email to the following address: facs@economie.gouv.qc.ca. An acknowledgment of receipt will be sent by email within two working days after the application is submitted.

Documents

Write to facs@economie.gouv.qc.ca for the English version of the FACS guidelines and short proposal template.

Key Dates

Launch of call for proposals June 16, 2020
First Information Session (Webinar) June 22, 2020 at 10 a.m
Second Information Session (Webinar) July 13, 2020 at 10 a.m
Short Application Deadline August 19, 2020 at 4 p.m
Full Application Deadline November 18, 2020 at 4 p.m
Selection for Funding March 2021
Launch of projects Between November 18, 2020 and July 1st, 2021

Two information sessions will be held to present the objectives, eligibility and selection criteria of the call for proposals. They will also include a question period. To register, send an email to facs@economie.gouv.qc.ca.

Answers to the questions asked during the webinars will be posted on the web page.

Information

If you have any questions about the FACS call for proposals, write to facs@economie.gouv.qc.ca.