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 2018/12/05)
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.
Medication Cart-Workstation on Wheels [NEW - RFI]
The Royal Ottawa Health Care Group ~ December 18
Requesting information regarding equipment that would suit needs for medication carts - workstations on wheels.
Fierce Founders Bootcamp [NEW - Innovator Support]
Communitech ~ January 6, 2019
Women entrepreneurs have the opportunity awarded $100,000 to pitch their startup to industry experts at Fierce Founders Bootcamp
Tech or tech-based startups with at least one female founder have the opportunity to “receive hands-on mentorship from experienced entrepreneurs and experts as they build out their business models and work toward refining their product offerings,” as well as a share of up to $100,000 in cash and prizes.
Handheld Computers, Printers, Accessories including Support and Maintenance Services [NEW - RFP]
Winnipeg Regional Health Authority operating as Manitoba eHealth ~ January 7, 2019
Aiming to procure handheld computers, printers, accessories, and services for one year, with the option to extend for four additional one-year terms. Note: “WRHA recently issued a request for proposal for a nutrition tracking software system for the New Women's Hospital at the Health Sciences Centre. The preferred software system utilizes handheld computers and printers to supplement its workflow. The software system is validated for Zebra and Honeywell Handheld Computers, Printers and associated Accessories.”
GI Endoscopy Equipment and Service [NEW - RFP]
Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Logistics for Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, Interlake Eastern Regional Health Authority, Northern Regional Health Authority, Prairie Mountain Health, and Southern Health-Santé Sud ~ January 7, 2019
Inviting proposals to supply adult and paediatric scope equipment, as well as endoscopic ultrasound scopes.
Sleep Lab System [NEW - RFP]
Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario ~ January 18, 2019
Seeking a sleep lab system and related accessories. Equipment must be received by the hospital by March 31, 2019.
Electrophysiology Recording System [NEW - RFP]
Shared Services West ~ January 18, 2019
Procuring an electrophysiology recording system.
Pilot Project Grant [NEW - Grant]
Parkinsons Canada ~ February 4, 2019
Up to $50,000 for a one-year term “to foster novel, high-potential projects and ideas with a trajectory for major grants with larger granting institutions.” Note: “The Parkinson Canada Research Program funds research into the cure, cause, progression, improved treatment and/or understanding of Parkinson's disease, related disorders including Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), other Parkinson's conditions and the impact these diseases have on society.”
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 Science; Canada Business Ontario; Invest in Ontario; Commercialization Programs and Funding from MaRS; Soshent; and Strategic Innovation Fund
Dementia Community Investment [Grants]
Public Health Agency of Canada ~ December 10 for Letter of Intent
Soliciting letters of intent for “community-based projects that will optimize the health and wellbeing of PLWD [people living with dementia] and/or family/friend caregivers, who are predominately women, by providing, opportunities to gain knowledge, resources and skills.” The objectives of this program are to optimize the health and well-being of PLWD and/or their family/friend caregivers, promote awareness of dementia and its risk factors by supporting innovative approaches that tackle stigma and promote compassion and support, and undertake intervention research to assess program/initiative effectiveness.
Fetal and Maternal Monitoring Equipment [RFP]
HealthPRO ~ December 12
Aiming to procure “fetal and maternal monitoring equipment for all stages of pregnancy, including both antepartum and intrapartum periods. Systems will include a variety of invasive and non-invasive monitoring technologies used in healthcare settings, along with all related accessories, software, parts and services.”
Advanced Case Costing and Traceability [Innovation Procurement Competitive Dialogue Process]
Southlake Regional Health Centre ~ December 13
Opportunity to take part in a session to discuss an upcoming innovation procurement. “The broad aim of the initiative is to improve operational excellence and efficiencies within the Operating Room supply chain and related back office functions. The goal is to develop a solution that will include but is not limited to: enabling the tracking of products to the patient, procedure and physician level, providing automated cost accounting, including clinical time by procedure, automating recall notifications to patients, and establishing detailed supply chain analytics to support optimized inventory management. The fully automated case costing solution will include enabling predictive analytics of supply needs; create effective and efficient standardization of supplies; optimize the value of products used; enhance clinical bedside patient care and increase patient safety.”
Custodial Organ Preservation Solution [RFP]
HMMS on behalf of The Transplant Department at London Health Sciences Centre ~ December 14
Desire “to establish a long term partnership with a preferred Proponent(s) for the supply of Custodial Organ Preservation Solution and associated Services to a minimum of 80% of the requirements. The preferred proponent(s) will be awarded 80% of the volume of Custodial Organ Preservation Solution and associated Services.”
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.
Event Funding Program 2019 [Event Support]
Ontario Brain Institute ~ December 14, 2018 (future deadlines: April 12, 2019; August 16, 2019)
Up to $5,000 for events that are aligned with the Institute’s goal of improving brain health and wellness for Ontarians.
Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter and PICC Positioning Technology [RFP]
Michael Garron Hospital of the Toronto East Health Network ~ December 17
Aiming to procure a portable solution with integrated imaging system that enables PICC insertion.
Breast Ultrasound Unit [RFP]
HMMS on behalf of St. Joseph’s Healthcare London and the Breast Care Centre ~ December 18, 2018
Looking to establish “a partnership with a proponent for the supply of a Breast Ultrasound Units and associated Service. The proposed system should have the capability to provide ultrasound guided biopsies using a variety of probes and be able to measure in panoramic or equivalent view.”
Handheld Automated Keratometer [RFP]
HMMS on behalf of Ivey Eye Institute at St. Josephs Health Care ~ December 21, 2018
Aiming to establish a long-term relationship with a vendor to supply handheld automated keratometer(s) and associated services.
Medication/Requisition Order Management System [RFI]
New Brunswick Government Purchasing Branch ~ December 21, 2018
Requesting information about medication/requisition order management systems for the Vitalité Network in New Brunswick.
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.”
Better Management of Patients Living With COPD Using Remote Patient Interactive Technological Solution [RFS]
Shared Support Services, Southeastern Ontario -3SO ~ January 3, 2019
Opportunity to supply remote patient interactive solutions to support patients living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
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.
Neuromodulation Suite [RFP]
HealthPRO Procurement Services for Saskatchewan Health Authority ~ January 9, 2019
Requesting proposals for a contract period of April 2019 to March 2022 plus four additional one-year options for deep brain stimulation therapy, spinal cord stimulation therapy, intrathecal drug delivery therapy, vagal nerve stimulation therapy, and dorsal root ganglion stimulation therapy.
Pulmonary Function Testing Systems [RFP]
Alberta Health Services ~ January 10, 2019
Seeking pulmonary function testing system, related accessories, and services.
Electronic Health Record System - Campus Wellness [RFP]
University of Waterloo ~ January 11, 2019
Invites proposals for an electronic health record system for Campus Wellness at the University of Waterloo.
Manual External Defibrillators [RFP]
SickKids Hospital ~ January 14, 2019
Pending funding approval, seeking to procure 39 defibrillators and accessories before March 31st, 2019 including provision of support and maintenance services.
Innovation Grants [Grants]
Canadian Cancer Society ~ January 15, 2019
Up to 100,000/ year and a maximum of $200,000 per grant for approximately 22 grants “to support the development and testing of unconventional concepts and approaches to address problems in cancer research, enhance our understanding of cancer, and generate new approaches to confront the challenges we face in defeating cancer.” Competition includes a special call related to breast cancer.
Efficiency Accelerator Award Program 2019 [Innovation Awards]
Canadian Blood Services ~ January 15, 2019
Up to $30,000 to support each of two innovative research projects that seek new knowledge or accelerate the application of existing knowledge related to improving “the efficient and appropriate utilization of blood products, while maintaining the safety of the blood system.”
Movember Discovery Grant [Research Grants]
Prostate Cancer Canada ~ January 17, 2019
Up to $200,000 over 2 years to “support novel and innovative prostate cancer research that will lead to new lines of investigation.”
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.”
Deep Brain Stimulation Therapy, Spinal Cord Stimulation Therapy, Intrathecal Drug Delivery Therapy, Vagal Nerve Stimulation Therapy,Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation Therapy [RFP]
HealthPro ~ January 23, 2019
Seeking services as outlined above for the period of June 1st, 2019 to May 31st, 2022 plus 4 additional 1 year options.
Drug Checking Technology Challenge [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.”
National Awards Program [Call for Nominations]
Canadian College of Health Leaders ~ Varies, February 1, 2019 for some awards
Nominations are open for the College’s annual awards program that recognizes leaders in healthcare, including senior executives, emerging leaders, administrative and operational teams, nurses, students and more.
Transitions in Care – Evaluation Grants [Research Grants]
Canadian Institutes of Health Research in partnership with the Rossy Foundation ~ February 5, 2019
Grants of $100,000 per year for up to 2 years to support “the rigorous evaluation of implemented activities such as interventions, tools, practices, policies, technologies, programs and/or other solutions that address transitions in care challenge.” Themes for this competition are: across life’s trajectories, changing health status or care, and key populations to optimize transition outcomes. There is a specific funding pool for projects relevant to on-campus post-secondary mental health services.
EXTRA: Executive Training Program [Team Fellowship with Healthcare Improvement Focus]
Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement ~ February 12, 2019
Team-based fellowship in quality improvement and leadership, which partners teams from across Canada with internationally-recognized experts, faculty, and coaches to address real-life health system challenges.
2018 research innovation competition [Research Grants]
Canadian National Transplant Research Program ~ February 13, 2019
Research grants of up to $30,000 to support new peer-reviewed pilot research projects that align with Canadian National Transplant Research Program’s One-Transplant-For-Life vision. Five themes including engineering and allocating a better graft.
Weston Brain Institute: Rapid Response - Canada 2019 (Alzheimer’s and Related Diseases) [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.
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.
Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health (CADTH) invites proposals for topics for health technology assessment and provides research support to a range of eligible organizations.
The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)'s Graduate Student Data Access Program enables access to CIHI's data holdings at no cost for qualifying graduate students; other types of requests are undertaken on a cost-recovery basis. Some statistics can also be accessed online at no cost, including international comparisons.
eHealth Ontario Innovation Lab: Prototype interoperability solutions using this online, open provincial EHR platform.
Collaborate with the Baycrest Innovation, Technology, and Design Lab.
Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences Applied Health Research Questions (AHRQ): Knowledge users in Ontario's health system can submit a request for data that will be used to inform planning, policy and program development. Services available to the private sector are described here.
Digital Accelerator for Innovation and Research: CANARIE offers free cloud compute and storage resources for up to a year for Canadian tech entrepreneurs (<500 employees) undertaking developing, testing, and trials.
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.
NEW REPORT: Measuring Up 2018
Health Quality Ontario
OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT - DRAFT RECOMMENDATION: Implantable Devices for Single-Sided Deafness and Conductive or Mixed Hearing Loss
Health Quality Ontario
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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