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 2018/10/12)

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. 

BWH OR Patient Tracking [NEW - Market Sounding Webinar]
Collaborative Innovation Procurement Office at TransForm Shared Service Organization ~ October 24
Opportunity to participate in a webinar that will “introduce the market to innovation
procurement methodologies, the procuring organization, and the defined problem statement and the outcome basedspecifications for this procurement of an Operating Room patient tracking solution.” 

Point-of-Care (POC) Ultrasound Systems [NEW - RFP]
Plexxus ~ November 5
Seeking supply of point-of-care ultrasound systems.

Ultrasound Machines [NEW - RFP]
North Bay Regional Health Centre ~ November 7
Intending to procure 4 ultrasound machines, with the option to purchase a fifth.

NextAI [NEW - Accelerator and Founder Development Program]
Next Canada ~ November 11
Up to 200k, technical training, office space, access to tools via an accelerator and founder development program for early or idea stage AI-enabled startups.

Secure Mobile Delivery Platform [NEW - RFP]
Niagara Health System ~ November 13
Aiming to procure a solution that will provide a mobile encryption service, identity and information federation services, a configurable mobile application, and point-to-point secure messaging, as well as IT professional services.

BloodTechNet Award Program [NEW - Award Program]
Canadian Blood Services ~ November 30
Award of $50,000 to “facilitate the development of innovative educational projects that network the transfusion, cellular therapy, and transplantation communities in Canada.”

Drug Checking Technology Challenge [NEW - Innovation Challenge]
Impact Canada and Health Canada ~ February 1, 2019
Grand prize of $1 million for an innovation to “improve on drug checking technology to allow the community of people who use drugs and those who support them to make more informed decisions based on the composition of a drug and to reduce harm.”

Weston Brain Institute: Rapid Response - Canada 2019 (Alzheimer’s and Related Diseases) [NEW - Seed Funding]
Weston Brain Institute ~ March 28, 2019
Up to 200,000 for projects of up to 18 months, representing seed funding to bring in expertise, technologies or approaches in the following areas: artificial intelligence, big data, machine learning, data science, computer science, medicinal chemistry, biostatistics and engineering.

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 

Clinical Information System Renewal [RFSQ as Phase 1 of Competitive Dialogue Process]
University Health Network ~ October 22
Soliciting proposals that would create a pre-qualified supplier list for clinical information system renewal for several sites across the University Health Network (UHN). This process is in the context of UHN’s commitment “to alignment with provincial direction on hospital information system renewal. This includes continued clinical standardization where the evidence is strong and the consolidation of IT infrastructure in concert with other partners based on shared patient populations. The aim is to provide better care to Ontarians, while achieving operational efficiencies, through hospital information systems that offer enhanced availability, performance, and cybersecurity protection.”

Regional Cardiac Expansion [Market Sounding Event]
Mohawk Medbuy on behalf of St. Mary’s General Hospital ~ October 23
Opportunity to connect with St. Mary’s General Hospital, who is “seeking cross-sector partnerships as part of our strategy to implement the Waterloo Wellington Regional Cardiac Program Strategic Plan. Our goals are to Partner with Patients, Expand Access to Care, and Integrate a Quality Program across the Health Care System.” The hospital is aiming to “open dialogue with a range of companies and innovators, get a feel for the market, and collect information for a planned innovative procurement process.”

Echo Ultrasound [RFP]
Plexxus ~ October 25

Nurse Scheduling [RFP]
Plexxus ~ October 25
Soliciting proposals to provide a nurse scheduling solution.

Health Network System Managed Services Benchmarking and Value for Money Study [RFB]
Government of Ontario ~ October 26
Seeking a supplier to provide “a value for money assessment, a handover implications report, and a benchmarking exercise to identify operational and strategic benefits and risks” related to health network system managed services.

New Idea Award Competition [Ideation Competition]
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada ~ October 26 for Letter of Intent and February 2, 2019 for Applications
Up to $75,000 to support “innovative approaches that may fundamentally change the understanding, diagnosis and/or treatment of blood cancers and related pre-malignant conditions.”

Physician Electronic Call Schedule [RFP]
Humber River Hospital ~ October 26
Inviting proposals for a physician electronic call schedule solution that will be evaluated based on best value delivered to the hospital.

Unified Data Architecture Solution for Analytics and Decision Support [Notice of Potential Procurement]
Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation ~ October 31

Cystic Fibrosis Canada’s 2018 Targeted Research Competition[Research Grant]
Cystic Fibrosis Canada ~ October 31
Up to $100,000 per year for up to 2 years for research projects that relate to either (1) screening, monitoring, and management of cystic fibrosis-related diabetes (CFRD) with the goal of reducing the burden of care (focus areas include: development of more efficient and patient-friendly screening tools and development or adaptation of new, less invasive therapies to treat CFRD) or (2) gastrointestinal symptomatology (development of a validated tool to reliably quantify gastrointestinal pain and symptoms and addressing the etiology of gastrointestinal pain and symptoms, including the validation of biomarkers of gut health or gastrointestinal quality of life).

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Systems [RFP]
St. Joseph’s Health Centre ~ November 1
Seeking proposals to provide a 1.5T MRI system and a 3T MRI system, the latter pending LHIN approval.

Synapse Competition [Life Sciences Pitch Competition]
Synapse Life Science Consortium ~ November 11
Up to $60,000 in cash and in-kind prizes shared between finalists for a life science pitch competition.

Canadian Harkness Fellowship Award [Fellowship]
Commonwealth Fund and Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement ~ November 12
Opportunity for a year-long Fellowship which aim to “produce the next generation of health policy leaders in the eight participating countries — Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.” Funding covers roundtrip airfare to the U.S., living allowance, project-related travel, travel to fellowship seminars, health insurance, and U.S. federal and state taxes. A family supplement is also provided to cover airfare, living allowance, and health insurance.

Ontario-Jiangsu Industrial Research and Development Program [R&D Grants]
Ontario Centres of Excellence ~ November 13
Support available for up to half of eligible direct research costs, to a maximum of $125,000 CAD per project (for academic applicants) or $150,000 CAD per project (for company applicants) for “joint industrial R&D projects focusing on the development of products or processes that will lead to commercialization in global markets.” Focus areas are information and communications technologies, as well as life sciences.

Organ Allocation System [RFP]
Trillium Gift of Life Network ~ November 13
Seeking proposals to“develop, manage and support a secure private cloud-based Software as a Service (“SaaS”) solution to improve and optimize its waitlist, organ allocation and transplantation system.”

Canadian Health Technologies for Space Exploration [LOI/RFI]
Public Works and Government Services Canada for the Canadian Space Agency ~ November 15
Advising the Canadian space and biomedical sectors of its intention to issue RFPs for space health technology challenges and socio-economic studies. 

eMarketplace [Participation Opportunity]
Ontario Medical Association ~ November 30
Seeking proposals to participate in eMarketplace, an on-line directory of business and IT services for Ontario's physicians. The Ontario Medical Association “has created a centralized online directory (called eMarketplace) of service providers, intended to serve the physician community in Ontario of their Information Technology (IT), business and medical practice needs. We invite interested vendors who wish to provide timely service, quality products and excellent pricing to Ontario physicians to apply to eMarketplace.”

Organ and Tissue Allocation System Replacement [Notice of Intended Procurement]
Trillium Gift of Life Network ~ November 30
Intention to replace the Network’s Organ and Tissue Allocation System (TOTAL), “the core information technology system that supports the Province of Ontario’s end to end organ donation and transplantation process of organ allocation, wait list management, recipient and transplant case management and decision making.”

Event Funding Program [Event Grants]
Ontario Brain Institute ~ December 14 (April 12, 2019 for future round)
Up to $5,000 for events arranged by brain health-related not-for-profit organizations that are aligned with the Institute’s goal of improving brain health and wellness for Ontarians, particularly those focused on integration and collaboration.

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.” 

AGE-WELL NCE Core Research Programs 2020-2025  [Research Grants]
AGE-WELL, Mitacs, MEDTEQ ~ January 4, 2019
Inviting proposals for AGE-WELL’s core research program for 2020-2025 that would address specified challenge areas, including supportive homes and communities, healthcare and health service delivery, autonomy and independence, cognitive health and dementia, mobility and transportation, healthy lifestyles and wellness, staying connected, and financial wellness and employment. Up to $200,000 per year for 3-5 years.

Opioid Data Challenge [Data Challenge]
MaRS in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada and Statistics Canada ~ January 23, 2019
In phase one, “participants will identify and propose data sources and methodologies to measure opioid overdoses occurring in a Canadian community of their choice. In addition to providing the total number of non-fatal and/or fatal overdoses, innovators will provide data on specific factors of an overdose (such as location and date). Submissions will be evaluated by an external panel of expert judges. Up to five $10,000 awards will be given to each challenge finalist for use in the continued development of their concept during Phase 2.”


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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