Looking for resources to support your great idea for improving health and healthcare? This page lists a range of opportunities available to Ontario innovators and innovation champions, as well as recently published information and thinking related to health innovation. We focus on health technology, including digital health solutions, innovative medical devices, and more. Follow @3iOntario or subscribe to our email digest for the regular updates issued as part of our role as a Health Innovation Broker providing services supported by the Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist

New Opportunities (Updated 2018/06/21)

These opportunities have been posted since the last weekly @3iOntario update. A full list of current opportunities is available below, as are a selection of on-going opportunities available to Ontario's health innovators and innovation champions.

We primarily source these listings by reviewing research grant opportunity databases/portals; procurement portals; and the websites, newsletters, and twitter feeds of organizations that frequently post relevant opportunities. In some cases, we receive information about potential postings directly or identify them opportunistically. Spot something that we missed? Please share it with others by tweeting @3iOntario. 


Whistleblower Ethics Reporting System [NEW – RFP]
Joseph Brant Hospital ~ June 25
Invitation to provide proposals to supply a Whistleblower Ethics Reporting System to be used by hospital staff, physicians, and volunteers.

Helping Small and Medium Businesses Go Low Carbon [NEW – Innovation Challenge]
Centre for Social Innovation ~ July 11
Seeking practical and innovative solutions with strong value propositions for Ontario SMEs. Solutions should complement but not duplicate existing programs and could include “digital tools, new technology, products, programs, services, and more.” Contest winners may access a share of a $425,000 grant package and workspace, advisory services, and other in-kind support valued at $150,000.

Solution for Continuing Care Resource Scheduling [NEW – RFP]
Government of Yukon Continuing Care Division ~ July 12
Aiming to procure a “software system and service that will support the scheduling at our facilities with consideration that the software program be able to efficiently schedule employees at multiple sites using a centralized scheduling function as well as the ability to integrate with existing YG related systems going forward.”

Business Case for Innovation & Process Efficiency [NEW – RFP]
VON Central Region (Ontario) ~ July 13
Intent to procure consulting services to “engage in an assessment exercise to identify back office optimization strategies that will deliver needed efficiencies quickly and to position VON to adopt technologies and methods from the Innovation Economy.”

Bedside Patient Experience Solution [NEW – RFSQ]
University Health Network ~ July 16
Issuing a request for supplier qualifications to create a pre-qualified supplier list for bedside patient experience solutions, so that UHN can identify suppliers capable of meeting the hospital’s requirements.

Pre-Admission/Post-Discharge Medication Reconciliation Solution [NEW - Request for Innovative Dialogue Proposals]
Southlake Regional Health Centre ~ July 19
Soliciting proposals to provide a Pre-Admission/Post-Discharge Medication Reconciliation Solution, as part of a plan tominimize medication errors and adverse drug events at transitions of care. The intent is to have a “fully automated, formal process to accurately and comprehensively communicate medication history at admission and all medications added, changed or discontinued in the care of a patient.”

Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS)[NEW – RFI]
Island Health ~ July 20
Inviting submissions with information that would assist Island Health Medical Imaging in determining the cost and benefit of replacing of the existing PACS. 

Bench to Bedside Transition of Innovative Cancer Biotherapeutics [NEW – Call for Expressions of Interest]
Biotherapeutics for Cancer Treatment Network ~ July 31
Investigators at Canadian institutions eligible to receive peer-reviewed funding from CIHR, SSHRC, or NSERC are invited to propose a team and research to inform the research program strategic plan that will be brought forward in the Network’s Cycle II application to the NCE in June 2019.

Sensor Technologies to Monitor Inflammation in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases [NEW – RFP]
Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation (US) ~ September 7
Seeking to support development of sensor technologies to detect and monitor inflammation in the context of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), with a focus on technologies with the potential to reach clinical studies within the next 3-4 years. Two awards of up to $125,000 USD for up to 2 years. US and international researchers are encouraged to apply.

Other Current Opportunities

The current opportunities listed below are time-limited. We also encourage you to consider on-going opportunities (e.g. see the list of venture capital, information, and other resources curated by MaRS for consumer digital health and the federal government's Concierge Service or Innovation Canada Digital Platform) plus the partial listing below, as well as to consult sites that track opportunities that are not specific to the health sector (e.g. Ministry of Research, Innovation, and ScienceCanada Business OntarioInvest in OntarioCommercialization Programs and Funding from MaRSSoshent; and Strategic Innovation Fund


Sterile / Non-Sterile Compound Compliance Management System [RFP]
Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario ~ June 26
Aiming to acquire “a sterile compounding compliance management software solution that will provide document control, maintain records of staff certification and quality assurance activities, and interface with commercial refrigerator monitoring systems. The solution must be able to integrate with multiple users at multiple Hospital sites. The software solution must be able to align with and satisfy all the needs set forth in the “Model Standards for Pharmacy Compounding of Non-hazardous Sterile Preparations” and the “Model Standards for Pharmacy Compounding of Hazardous Sterile Preparations” as well as their compliance with their Quality Assurance Programs.”

Community and Home Care Support System [RFI]
Government of New Brunswick ~ June 27
Seeking information to identify potential suppliers for the Community and Home Care Support System for the province’s Extra-Mural Program.

Electronic Medical Record for Mental Wellness and Substance Use [RFP]
Government of Yukon Mental Wellness and Substance Use (MWSU) Directorate ~ June 28
Inviting proposals to provide an electronic medical record solution (EMR) that will “support the clinical and patient management processes necessary to treat its mental health population. The EMR must be able to record and smartly manage assessment templates, assimilate and consolidate pertinent health information to demonstrate clinical progress as well as effectively manage patient administration activities, yet is geared towards the unique clinical management needs to manage mental wellness care.Further, we are looking to work with a partner who can collaborate with us to achieve our clinical and patient management requirements, as well as demonstrates an ability to align to wider Yukon eHealth strategic needs, in the context of helping improve the client journey.” 

Digital Positron Tomography And Computed Tomography (Digital PET CT) [Notice of Intent]
Alberta Health Services ~ June 28
Notice of intention to procure a digital PET CT.

Nurse Call System [RFP]
Brenda Strafford Foundation ~ June 29
Seeking a solution that would include “provide and install a new nurse call system. The system must be fully operational and include all components and software. The Foundation intends the nurse call system to integrate into a wireless phone system (VOIP or Cellular) that are text capable to receive alerts from the nurse call system along with computer work stations in each wing. The ability to provide reporting on call duration, frequency and initiator/responder is paramount.”

Cardiac Supplies [RFPQ]
Ottawa Hospital on behalf of the Ottawa Heart Institute ~ June 29
With existing contracts expiring at the end of March 2019, the hospital is inviting vendors to participate in a Competitive Dialogue Process to fulfill its specialty cardiac supply needs. The intent is to “develop long term partnerships by engaging Vendors in outcomes based/value based procurement through a subsequent Request for Proposal.”

Tracking & Tracing of OR Implants [Innovation Procurement]
TransForm Shared Service Organization ~ June 29
An innovation procurement seeking a solution to track and trace OR implants from manufacturer to patient.

Embedded Executive Funding for Ontario-based Technology Ventures [Salary Support]
MaRS Business Acceleration Program ~ June 29
Ontario-based technology ventures can receive up to $50,000 towards the cost of an embedded executive’s salary (C-level of other senior-level executive) to support achieving their next growth milestone. Recipients must also contribute $15,000 over the program’s six-month period.  Program targeted to “novel Ontario-based tech ventures in a later discovery stage or approaching validation and efficiency stage of development.”

National Impact Challenge to Improve Quality of Life of Older Canadians/Caregivers [Innovation Challenge]
AGE-WELL ~ June 30
Over $100,000 in cash and in-kind prizes for technology technology-based products or services that will improve the quality of life of older Canadians or caregivers.

Frontlines of Health SOLVE Challenge [Global Innovation Challenge]
MIT Solve ~ July 1
$10,000 USD grant to teams selected by a panel of cross-sector judges at Solve Challenge Finals during UN General Assembly week in New York City on September 23, 2018. The Challenge “aims to find and advance innovative solutions that support and invest in frontline health workers and health services. Solve seeks solutions that make healthcare more available, affordable, and effective for marginalized communities and welcomes solutions from innovators around the world that: (1) expand the availability of affordable, effective community health services and treatments, and the use of data—especially through digital technologies; (2) accelerate the training, recruitment, and decision supports for frontline health workers; (3) enhance referrals and coordination of care between frontline health workers and higher levels of care—irrespective of geography, (4) strengthen the procurement or local production of medication, diagnostic tools, and medical supplies. There are additional prizes available for teams that use artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve the human condition (up to $125,000 USD) and/or blockchain for social impact (up to $5000, a residency, and other prizes).

Idea to Innovation Grants [Grants for University and College Faculty]
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada ~ July 3 & September 24
Funding opportunity for College and University faculty members that aims to “to accelerate the pre-competitive development of promising technology originating from the university and college sector and promote its transfer to a new or established Canadian company.” Market Assessment grants of up to $15,000, Phase I – Reduction to Practice grants of up to $125,000 for up to 12 months, and Phase IIa – Technology Enhancement for up to $125,000 for 6-18 months.

Integrated Bedside Solution [RFP]
Shared Services West for Mackenzie Health ~ July 3
Aiming to identify a vendor to “design, supply, and install an Integrated Bedside Solution (IBS). The IBS enables and encourages patients to be able to control and manage a variety of clinical and non-clinical services. Patients can access these services through the room’s television, a hospital provided tablet or bring your own device (BYOD). This integrated platform will enhance the patient’s experience.”

Team Grant : ERA-Net PerMed [Research Grant related to personalized medicine including data analysis, management and protection – integrating big data and ICT solutions]
Canadian Institutes of Health Research Roadmap Accelerator Fund, Personalized Health Initiative, under the scientific leadership of the Institute of Aging, Institute of Cancer Research, Institute of Gender and Health, Institute of Genetics and Institute of Health Services and Policy Research in partnership with the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS) in partnership with the IC PerMed International Consortium ~ July 5
Canadian researchers have access to $4.6 million from CIHR and FRQS, enough to fund about ten grants of up to $150,000 per year for up 3 years each. Personalized medicine projects must be interdisciplinary and demonstrate the potential impact, as well as the value of transnational collaboration. Focus areas include “data analysis, management and protection – integrating big data and ICT solutions.” This includes both enabling technologies and moving towards application in health care.

Personal Support Worker (PSW) Mobile Solution [RFP]
WoodGreen Community Services ~ July 11
Aiming to procure a mobile solution forpersonal support workers that is web-enabled, cloud-based, and offered as a software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution. 

Telecare-811 [RFI]
Government of New Brunswick ~ July 13
Invitation to provide information related to provincial Tele-Care 811 Services.

Harm Reduction Fund - Preventing Transmission of HIV and Hepatitis C from Sharing Drug Injection and Inhalation Equipment [Community Grants]
Health Canada ~ July 13 for Letter of Intent
Up to $125,000 per year for up to 2 years for eligible organizations with experience in harm reduction (e.g. Canadian not-for-profit organizations, provincial/territorial health providers, and post-secondary institutions). Funding available to support front-line prevention activities, capacity-building, and strengthening of systems.

Blood Efficiency Accelerator Award Program [Research Grants]
Canadian Blood Services ~ July 15
Up to $30,000 per project available for “innovative research projects that seek new knowledge or accelerate the application of existing knowledge. In the context of this competition, blood product is defined as a therapeutic product derived from the donation of blood or blood components and includes red blood cell and platelet concentrates, plasma and plasma derivatives (including plasma protein products), and hematopoietic stem cells (including those derived from cord blood).”Priority for this competition will be given to “projects focused on improving procedures and protocols at Canadian hospitals or at Canadian Blood Services that will result in improved utilization of red blood cells, platelets, and plasma products. These improvements may be realized at any point from vein to vein, that is, from the point of blood collection, through the manufacturing, distribution, and blood banking processes, to clinical utilization. Projects with a defined knowledge translation strategy to accelerate the uptake of the study findings or of existing knowledge by the knowledge user group will also be prioritized.”

Medical Equipment for Groves Memorial Community Hospital [RFP]
EllisDon Corporation (FED Division) ~ July 19
Seeking suppliers for the new (greenfield site) Groves Memorial Community Hospital (“GMCH”), which will be a 45-bed facility that will serve the population of Fergus and Elora, and surrounding communities. Construction will begin in summer 2017 with substantial completion slated for late 2019.

Rapid Response: Canada 2019 [Seed Funding for Research]
Weston Brain Institute ~ August 1 for Letter of Intent; November 12 for full
Weston Brain Institute ~ August 1 for Letter of Intent; November 12 for full applications
Seed funding of up to $200,000 over up to 18 months for “novel, high-risk, high-reward, translational research that will accelerate the development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging.”

Diagnostic Imaging Equipment [RFP]
St. Joseph's Health System GPO - CAPsource ~ August 1
Seeking to procure CT scanners, digital radiography, digital mammography, and other diagnostic imaging equipment for various sites. Note: mandatory site visits in June/July as part of the procurement process.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Computed Tomography [RFP]
Saskatchewan Health Authority, with the Ministry of Health~ August 8
Invitation to provide proposals related to the supply of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Computed Tomography (CT) services.

Antimicrobial Resistance: Point of Care Diagnostics in Human Health - Phase 2 [Research Grant]
The Antimicrobial Resistance Initiatives, under the scientific leadership of the Institute of Infection and Immunity and the Institute of Population and Public Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research ~ August 15
Grants available to “further facilitate and improve the development of clinically relevant point-of-care diagnostic tools in AMR that will improve rational use of antibiotics and improve clinical management. The point-of-care technology would not only permit on-site diagnoses (i.e. in the physician’s office, during ambulance transport, from patient’s residence, at the pharmacy, or at the hospital), but also contribute to empowering health service professionals to make decisions and assessments regarding choice of treatment in a timely and appropriate manner. This would significantly impact health care delivery and appropriate use of antibiotics. It may also serve as detection for disease outbreaks and investigation of unknown pathogens while maintaining public health surveillance capability.” Intent to support partnerships between academics and industry or other non-academic partners.

CANET Ignite [Grant]
Cardiac Arrhythmia Network of Canada ~ On-going to December 31
Up to $25,000 to “foster collaborative relationships in arrhythmia research between Canadian- based companies and network investigators.” The intent is to provide support to solve a company-specific problem by generating new knowledge or applying current knowledge in an innovative way. In-kind or cash matching contributions required. The network’s research themes are: “technological innovations to improve the treatment of arrhythmia conditions; innovative, safe and effective treatments to prevent sudden cardiac death, halt progression of atrial fibrillation and related illness and death, and prevent disabling syncope; and effective solutions to promote a sustainable health system by empowering patients to manage their conditions.” 

Big Ideas: Canada [Grants for therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging]
Weston Brain Institute ~ on-going
Approximately $5-20 million over approximately 5 years to support a large-scale, pivotal initiative that will significantly and sustainably advance research in the field of translational research on neurodegenerative diseases of aging.


Data, Research, & Other Resources

What you know - and don't know - can affect how likely your innovation is to succeed. The resources below highlight a sample of the avenues by which Ontario innovators and innovation champions can access data, research, and related support. Many university and college-affiliated research groups also offer support to inform and advance development and use of health technologies.


Have Your Say & Recently Published

Want to accelerate better health, better care, and better value in the health sector? We hope that this selection of open consultations and recently published policy statements, research results, data, and other tools and resources will be helpful to you.

On-Going or Long-Term Opportunities

The following on-going or long-term support opportunities are examples of those that have been profiled in the 3iOntario Digest since July 2017. This is not intended to be a comprehensive listing. See the links above for compilations prepared by others.

  • Invitation to Propose Innovation Validation Tests via the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO) for health technology innovation in the province's academic hospitals
  • Going Global Innovation, Canadian Trade Commissioners Service, Government of Canada: Supports researchers who aim to commercialize technology through collaborative international R&D. Pays up to 75% of eligible costs to a maximum of $75,000 for approved projects.
  • IC-IMPACTS Innovation Demonstration Initiative,  India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability: Supports demonstration projects (technology indigenization or product adaptation, technology or research validation, or technology replication) of up to 2 years in length, usually with a budget of $25,000 or less. One of the objectives is to improve health, safety and prosperity through introduction of new technologies in Canada and/or India.
  • Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP) Call 007, Government of Canada: Invites proposals for health innovations that haven’t been sold commercially but meet required technology readiness levels to achieve a first major reference sale with the Government of Canada (up to $500,000). Health innovations – in areas such as assistive devices, health research, medical devices, monitoring and tracking of adverse effects, public health, and provision of information on health products and food – are a priority area.

  • Northern Innovation Program - Applied Research & Technology Development Projects, Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation ~ March 31, 2019: Help Northern Ontario businesses undertake applied research or pre-commercialization initiatives required to further develop and bring to market their new technologies. Focus sectors include health sciences, the digital economy, the bioeconomy, and advanced manufacturing. Conditional contribution of 50% of eligible costs up to $250,000.

  • Substance Use and Addictions Program Call for Proposals 
    Health Canada ~ on-going
    Inviting proposals to support evidence-informed and innovative health promotion, prevention, harm reduction and treatment initiatives to address substance use issues related to licit and illicit psychoactive substances, e.g. development, enhancement and uptake of evidence-informed tools, technology, guidelines and protocols. 

  • Voucher for Innovation and Productivity
    Ontario Centres of Excellence with Business Development Bank of Canada, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the National Research Council (NRC) ~ on-going
    Supports partnerships between Ontario companies and post-secondary institutions focused on knowledge mobilization, commercialization and increased productivity with significant economic impact for Ontario.

  • BDC Capital Women in Technology (WIT) Venture Capital Fund
    Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) ~ on-going
    Investing $200 million in “supporting women-led tech firms at the seed, series A and series B stages. It invests directly alongside accelerator partners, investors and other corporate venture partners, as part of a syndicate or as a lead investor, and indirectly in other funds. The WIT fund also supports and develops emerging women investors and women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) considering entrepreneurship.

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