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 2019/02/13)

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. 

e-Health Patient/Caregiver Scholarship [NEW - Conference Scholarship]
e-Health Conference ~ February 22
Four scholarships for qualifying patients or caregivers (people with experience of the health system as patients and/or their informal caregivers) to attend the May 2019 e-Health 2019 conference in Toronto. Conference registration, travel, and accommodation expenses will be covered.

Meditech EXPANSE Hardware [NEW - RFP]
Yukon Hospital Corporation ~ February 25
Seeking experienced vendors to provide required hardware and services for MEDITECH EXPANSE. This includes “the required equipment as well as full design, integration, implementation and migration services related to MEDITECH EXPANSE implementation. In addition, must be able to provide ongoing support for deployed systems for a period of five years.”

OTN Device Replacement [NEW – RFQ]
TransForm Shared Service Organization for Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare ~ February 27
Procuring OTN video conferencing devices as described (one new and replacement of 10 existing devices), with delivery prior to March 29, 2019 and any additional devices to be replaced before October 31, 2021. 

Ultrasound Equipment [NEW - RFP]
Plexxus ~ March 14
Aiming to procure point-of-care ultrasound equipment (anaesthesia).

2019 ONtrepreneurs Competition [NEW - Grants, Training, Mentorship]
Ontario Brain Institute ~ April 1
Up to 10 awards of $50,000 each for Ontario-based early-stage neurotech entrepreneurs, with preference given to applicants who are less than 5 years from their last post-graduate fellowship. In addition to the monetary award, the program offers training opportunities and mentorship. Funding will be released to entrepreneurs via an academic/research institute.

South East Hospital Cluster Hospital Information System (HIS) [NEW - RFP]
Shared Support Servicesfor Brockville General Hospital, Kingston Health Sciences Centre, Lennox & Addington County General Hospital, Perth & Smiths Falls District Hospital, Providence Care Centre and Quinte Healthcare Corporation ~ April 25
Seeking an HIS solution that will “facilitate the provision of quality patient care in the south east region,” including the six participating hospitals.

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 

Call on Diagnostics and Surveillance 2019 [AMR Research Project Call]
JPIAMR ~ February 18 for pre-proposals
Funding“joint transnational research projects addressing the development of diagnostic and surveillance tools, technologies and methods to detect antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Projects should address the diagnosis of AMR infections in clinical and veterinary settings, or the surveillance of AMR in humans, animals and the environment.” Project should either “develop strategies, tools, technologies, and methods for the detection, monitoring, profiling and/or surveillance of antimicrobial resistance and dynamics leading to resistance OR study ways to facilitate and implement the uptake and use of existing strategies, tools, technologies, and/or methods for the detection, monitoring, profiling and surveillance of antimicrobial resistance and dynamics leading to resistance.”

Advisory Support, Co-Learning and Ecosystem Building Platform for Health Innovation in Kenya [RFP]
Grand Challenges Canada ~ February 18
Seeking proposals “for an exciting opportunity to support the co-design, facilitation and evaluation of a 7-month pilot platform to support Grand Challenges Canada’s TTS [Transitions-to-Scale] health innovations (for-profits and non-profits) in Kenya. The goal of the support platform is to increase the social impact, organizational resilience and financial sustainability of GCC-funded innovations, as they transition to scale.”

Online mHealth Innovator Support Platform [RFP]
Grand Challenges Canada ~ February 18
Inviting proposals to support Grand Challenges Canada innovators “at the Transition-to-Scale (TTS) phase. Grand Challenges Canada is seeking proposals for an exciting opportunity to co-design, facilitate and support the evaluation of an online 7-month pilot support platform for innovations (both for-profits and non-profits) in the mhealth sector. The goal of the online platform is to increase the health impact, organizational resilience and financial sustainability of a small cohort (4-7) mhealth innovations, funded by Grand Challenges Canada, as they transition to scale.” 

Innovative Solutions for Falls Prevention Strateg[RFI]
Shared Services Ontario for Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care ~ February 19
Aiming to gather information on “innovative solutions is to ascertain the range of market capacity, capability, readiness, and level of interest to provide a solution or solutions to a proposed set of requirements. This request for information is to provide advanced information of potential solutions to the challenges of falls and fall-related injuries in long-term care homes.” Solutions should address opportunities to reduce the number of falls and fall-related injuries, reduce transfers to hospital from long-term care, reduce avoidable hospitalizations of long-term care residents, and promote increased mobility and quality of life for residents. 

Genomic Applications Partnership Program- Round 15 [Grants]
Genome Canada ~ February 19 for expressions of interest
This program “funds downstream research and development (R&D) projects that address real world opportunities and challenges defined by “Receptor” organizations such as industry, government, or not-for-profit entities. These organizations should be committed to commercializing or implementing the outcomes of the project.” Projects of $300,000 to $6 million, with co-funding of 1/3 from Genome Canada, 1/3 provided by a Receptor partner, and 1/3 of other co-funding (non-Genome Canada). 

Near Infrared Spectroscopy Monitors [RFP]
Hospital for Sick Children ~ February 19
Procuring “55 Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NiRS) Monitors for the Critical Care and Neonatal Units for standardization to have one product to be used in the 2 areas meeting the RFP requirements.”

3D Vascular and Cardiac Ultrasound System [RFP]
Queen's University ~ February 19
Inviting “non-binding offers for the provision of a 3D vascular and cardiac ultrasound system. The system will be used for performing 3D vascular ultrasound (carotid, femoral, atherosclerosis assessments) and stress echocardiograms in cardiac and stroke patients.”

Pharmacy Automated Medication Management System [RFP]
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health ~ March 1
Inviting bids to provide “an automated medication management and distribution system to achieve secure storage, reconciliation and disposal of narcotics and other medications classified as controlled substances medications across the organization. It includes automated dispensing unit (ADU) for all IP units and ED, and a pharmacy controlled substance vault, with diversion detection application.” 

Strategic Investment Program Accelerator Funding [Accelerator]
AGE-WELL ~ March 1
Up to $40,000 over 12 months for “innovative post-discovery projects focused on the commercialization and/or knowledge mobilization of solutions” that benefit older adults and caregivers.

Automated Robotic Screening Platform [RFP]
Plexxus for Princess Margaret Hospital ~ March 1
Seeking a state-of-the-art screening functional phenotypic screening platform “to enable further characterization and analysis of patient-derived models and the accompanying cell and organoid model systems at Princess Margaret.” Solution must enable high throughput, high-content experimentation.

Project Grant : Spring 2019 [Research Grants]
Canadian Institutes of Health Research ~ March 6
Approximately $655M available for fall 2018 spring 2019 project grants “to capture ideas with the greatest potential for important advances in fundamental or applied health-related knowledge, health care, health systems, and/or health outcomes by supporting projects with a specific purpose and a defined endpoint.”

Planning & Dissemination Grants – Institute/Initiative Community Support [Grants with eHealth Innovations Focus Area]
Canadian Institutes of Health Research ~ March 5
Up to $10,000 to support dissemination activities relevant to four strategic research areas including eHealth innovations, healthy aging in the community, innovations in healthcare financing and funding, and learning health systems.

AGE-WELL Emerging Entrepreneur Award in Technology and Aging [Award]
AGE-WELL ~ March 8
Award of $25,000 and other benefits to support “the development of emerging entrepreneurs to create and grow an innovative start-up with potential social and economic impact in Canada. The innovation must address one of AGE-WELL’s 8 Challenge Areas to shape the future of technology and aging research in Canada.” Applicants must be students, post-doctoral fellows, or have graduated from a program or completed a post-doctoral fellowship within the last three years and be seeking to turn an innovation into a viable business through an existing or planned start-up company.

X-Ray Microtomograph [RFP]
Hospital for Sick Children ~ March 12
Intent to purchase an X-Ray microtomograph for the hospital.

Weston Brain Institute: Rapid Response - Canada 2019 (Alzheimer’s and Related Diseases) [Seed Funding]
Weston Brain Institute ~ March 28
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.

Outpatient Rehabilitation Services (Hip and Knee Bundled Care) [Procurement]
Plexxus ~ March 28

Health System Impact Fellowship [Fellowship]
Canadian Institutes of Health Research's Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR) in partnership with the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH), the Institute of Gender and Health (IGH), the Institute of Infection and Immunity (III), the Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes (INMD), the Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (INMHA), the Institute of Population and Public Health (IPPH) and the CIHR Science Policy Branch and in partnership with the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR), Fonds de recherche du Québec –Santé (FRQS) and Mitacs ~ April 2
Opportunity for doctoral trainees and post-doctoral fellows studying health services and policy research or related fields “a unique opportunity to apply their research and analytic talents to critical challenges in health care that are being addressed by health system and related organizations (e.g., public, private for-profit, not-for-profit, and Indigenous health organizations that are not universities) outside of the traditional scholarly setting, and to also develop professional experience, new skills, and networks.”

Idea to Innovation (I2I) Grants [Research Grants]
NSERC ~ April 1
Cost-shared grants available 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. The I2I Grants provide funding to college and university faculty members to support research and development projects with recognized technology transfer potential.”

FACIT Falcons' Fortunes 2019 [Pitch Competition for oncology-related research]
Ontario Institute of Cancer Research ~ April 4
$50,000 Ernsting Entrepreneurship Award is investing in the most promising oncology research idea identified via the pitch competition.

Innovation Program [Review of Innovative Program or Service to Establish Contract]
Mohawk Medbuy ~ on-going
Opportunity to have innovative programs or services reviewed by Mohawk Medbuy. Note that to qualify, the product must be used in clinical patient care, have Health Canada approval if applicable, be new since the last Mohawk Medbuy competitive bid for that product category or represent an improvement over existing technology within the product category, and demonstrate a measurable, incremental benefit to patient care or the safety of patients/health care workers. The review process may lead to a new contract.


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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