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.
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New Opportunities (Updated 2017/12/15)
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.
2-Photon Laser Scanning Microscope [NEW - RFP]
Hospital for Sick Children ~ December 27, 2017
Neuroscience and Mental Health at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is interested in acquiring a 2-photon laser scanning microscope intended for use with live tissue.
Structured Reporting Tool for Medical Imaging [NEW - RFP]
Vancouver Island Health Authority ~ January 11, 2018
Requesting proposals for an electronic system that will enable structured medical imaging reports and integrate with the current reporting tool and PACS system. RFP includes requirement to provide "a complete, separate, self-contained test system that mirrors the functionality and workflow of the production system for testing, certification and other non-production related purposes."
Resource Scheduling System [NEW - RFP]
First Nations Health Authority ~ January 12, 2018
Seeking a resource scheduling system that will be initially used for nursing scheduling and maybe used for other employee groups subsequently.
We Built This Showcase [NEW - Display Opportunity]
True North Waterloo Conference ~ January 25, 2018
Apply to have your emerging Canadian interactive tech featured at this showcase.
Referral Management System [NEW- RFI]
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health ~ January 31, 2018
Requesting information about electronic referral management solutions that would integrate with CAMH's clinical information system for ambulatory referrals.
Unlock Your Big Idea Pitch Competition [NEW - Pitch competition for Western GTA companies]
Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs ~ February 1, 2018
Pitch your social enterprise or tech start-up for prizes of up to $10,000, with an additional $5,000 prize for best youth-led start-up. Companies must (1) be located in Caledon, Brampton, Mississauga, Etobicoke, or Oakville or (2) be working with entrepreneurship programs at Sheridan, Humber or the University of Toronto Mississauga.
Research Software Program Competitive Funding Call 2b: Research Software Re-Use at the Platform Level [NEW - Grant]
CANARIE ~ March 12, 2018
Aiming to support research software platform (also known as research gateway) development teams to modify and maintain an existing platform in order to meet the needs of at least one new research team. The platform must currently be used by at least one research team. Up to $225K per project, including up to $100K for software development and on-boarding of at least one new research team and up to $125K of post-development platform maintenance and support.
SPOR National Data Platform [NEW - Grant]
Canadian Institutes of Health Research ~ June 19, 2018
Opportunity to obtain support for one data platform (up to $39 million over 7 years) that will "address major barriers and inefficiencies in accessing or using multi-jurisdictional/ national data for patient-oriented research that cannot be addressed by the individual provincial and territorial (P/T) SUPPORT Units; leverage unique Canadian assets enabling international leadership in patient-oriented research; be pan-Canadian in scope."
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) 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
Instrument Tracking Software for Queen Elizabeth Hospital [RFP]
Health PEI ~ December 20
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital's Sterile Processing Department is seeking an instrument tracking software system "to electronically manage trays, sets and individual instruments through the processes of decontamination, inspection, assemble, pack, sterilization, case carting, storage, distribution and maintenance and repair history." Longer-term, there is a vision to expand use of the system to the Surgical Suite Service and to be able to associate instruments to an individual patient/client.
Voice Recognition and Transcription Services [RFP]
Humber River Hospital ~ December 20
Invitation to submit proposals to provide a dictation and transcription system for use by the hospital and associated physicians and staff, including front-end and back-end speech recognition. Note: "It is the intention of the Hospital to encourage authors to use templates and normals and to perform their own edits and e-sign when utilizing speech recognition. HRH anticipates requiring transcription services and resources from Proponents to transcribe in excess of 90% of the total dictation."
Collection of MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) Data [Notice of Proposed Procurement]
Public Works and Government Services Canada ~ December 20, 2017
Seeking access to an offsite 3T MRI facility for acquisition of structural and functional brain scans on behalf of the Department of National Defence, Defence Research and Development Canada.
Privacy Impact Assessment and Threat and Risk Assessment for Better Outcomes Registry and Network (BORN) [RFP]
Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario ~ December 20
Seeking support to undertake a privacy impact assessment and threat and risk assessment for the Better Outcomes Registry and Network (BORN). RFP #12042017PIA.
Arthroscopy Products and Equipment [RFP]
Humber River Hospital ~ December 21
Requesting proposals to supply arthroscopy products and equipment to the hospital. Procurement will be via an open, competitive RFP followed by negotiations with the supplier with the best value proposals and, potentially, a best and final offer.
Social Enterprise Gift Guide 2017 [Marketing Opportunity for Social Enterprises]
Social Enterprise Ontario ~ ASAP but no later than December 21
Ontario-based social enterprises can apply to have their product included in the online Social Enterprise Gift Guide 2017. To qualify for inclusion, social enterprises may include enterprising not-for-profit organizations, social-purpose cooperatives, or for-profit corporations with a social mission. The Guide will be available in English and French.
Computerized Food Services Menu Software Purchase, Implementation and Maintenance Support (On-Prem) [RFP]
Shared Services West on behalf of Headwaters Health Care Centre ~ January 4, 2018
Seeking to procure a comprehensive new management solution for patient food services and food production.
HealthBound II [Innovation Challenge]
Biomedical Zone with St. Michael’s Hospital ~ January 5, 2018
Seeking to identify 2-4 start-ups with solutions designed to reduce clinic wait times who will work with St. Michael’s Hospital in a “Rapid Development phase” to refine their technology. Support during this phase includes mentorship, hospital engagement, and development of validation and funding plans. The winner at the end of this phase will receive a cash prize of $5,000 and be considered for a partially-funded pilot with the hospital, scheduled to begin in April 2018. Note: at the time of applying, must have a relevant product that is either a functioning prototype or at the beta stage.
Optoelectronic Motion Capture System for Applied Sport/exercise Biomechanics [RFP]
Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Toronto ~ January 5, 2018
Intent to purchase “an optoelectronic motion capture system for applied sport/exercise biomechanics research in the Goldring Centre for High-Performance Sport.” Must be appropriate for indoor and outdoor location and use by operators with varying levels of knowledge and experience.
CURE Innovator Award [Research Grant]
Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy ~ January 8, 2018 for letter of intent
Seed grants of up to $50,000 for one yearfor innovative research proposals that provide new directions for epilepsy disease modifying therapies, prevention and, ultimately, a cure. Intention is to support research that is substantially different from ideas being pursued by others.
IT Strategy and Roadmap [RFP]
College of Nurses of Ontario ~ January 8, 2018
Seeking proposals from suppliers with business and information technology expertise to work with the College of Nurses of Ontario develop its Information Technology Strategy and Roadmap.
Women's Xchange [Research Grant]
Women's College Hospital ~ January 8, 2018 for notice of intent
One-time research grants of up to $15,000 for local research projects that address women’s health issues.
Creating Opportunity & Independence (CO&I) Project Grants [Grant]
Craig H. Neilsen Foundation ~ January 12 for letter of intent
Seeking proposals for grants of $25,000 - $100,000 for up to one year. The goal of this initiative is enhancing quality of life for patients living with spinal cord injury and their families through support for "innovative programs/projects that improve participation and independence. Areas of focus include: assistive technology, education, employment, independent living, rehabilitation, and arts, sports and recreation."
Cardiac Monitoring and Telemetry [RFP]
Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital ~ January 12, 2018
Requesting proposals from suppliers to support cardiac monitoring and telemetry at Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital. Bid number CPDMH06122017.
Ontario-Jiangsu Industrial Research and Development Program [Support for industrial R&D]
Jiangsu Science and Technology Department (JSTD) and the Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science ~ January 15 for expressions of interest
Call for proposals for collaborative industrial R&D projects, including in areas such as information and communication technology and life sciences. Ontario-based organizations apply to Ontario Centres of Excellence for support for up to half of eligible research costs, to a maximum of $125,000 per project for academic applicants or $150,000 per project for company applicants to fund the Ontario portion of the project.
Joint Canada-Israel Health Research Program [Research Grant]
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Israel Science Foundation (ISF) and the Azrieli Foundation ~ January 16 for registration
Grants for fundamental research at the cutting-edge of biomedical science. The focus of this call is biomedical sciences with emphasis on new frontiers in neurobiology, e.g. in areas such as modelling brain function, imaging of neural processes, brain-machine interface, and novel technologies in neurobiology. Funding is available for up to 6 years, with a maximum annual budget of about $390,000 each. The maximum that can be requested by the Canadian Principal Applicant is CAD $670,000 over 3 years.
Innovative Research related to Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada Strategic Priorities [Research Grants]
Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada ~ January 16, 2018
Inviting proposals for up to $100,000 in funding for innovative research and knowledge translation related to the Office’s strategic priority areas: the economics of personal information, government surveillance, reputation and privacy, and the body as information. This year, there is an emphasis on projects that aim to promote development and adoption of privacy enhancing technologies.
SPOR Innovative Clinical Trials [Research Grants]
Canadian Institutes of Health Research ~ January 16, 2018
With a focus on comparative effectiveness research; and/or implementation science research, grants of up to $375,000 per year for up to four years are available to support innovative clinical trials. Patient engagement and one to one matching funds are required.
Pulmonary Function Analyser System (W6369-18-A011) [RFP]
Department of National Defence ~ January 16, 2018
Includes one pulmonary function analyst system, with the option of procuring an additional one within four years. Also includes operator and technical service training.
Genomic Applications Partnership Program [R&D]
Genome Canada ~ January 18 (final EOI)
Supports collaborations between academic researchers and industry, government, not-for-profit organizations, or other "receptors" who have identified real world opportunities and challenges related to genomics knowledge and technologies. Can request up to one-third of project budget from Genome Canada ($100,000 to $2 million).
Innovations in Inflammatory Bowel Disease Research [Research Grants]
Crohn's and Colitis Canada~ January 19, 2018
Inviting proposals for funding novel approaches to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) research that may not be within scope for other research funders. Grants are for a maximum of $50,000 over one year.
Electronic Data Protection System [RFP]
Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario ~ January 19, 2018
Seeking suppliers recognized by Gartner Magic Quadrant as a leader for at least the last 5 years "to provide and deploy an Enterprise Data Protection System."
Request for Competitive Dialog Proposals for the Arthritis Program (Tap) e-Learning Platform [Innovative Procurement]
Southlake Regional Health Centre ~ January 26, 2018
Seeking proposals for approaches to create an online e-Learning program by October 2018 for Southlake's arthritis program that engage patients in the process. South lake is willing to act as 'first customer' and is open to a potential 'co-development' commercialization opportunity or other opportunities that create win-win scenarios for both parties.
Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Funding Competition [Grant]
Ontario Genomics ~ January 31, 2018 for registration
Upcoming opportunity for support of the development and dissemination of next-generation bioinformatics and computational biology tools and methods required "to manage, analyze and integrate complex data sets produced by modern genomics technologies to better understand the associated biology." $500,000-$1 million (total) for projects of up to 3 years. Shared funding with half from Genome Canada and half from other eligible sources.
Research in Clinical Assessment [Research Grant]
Medical Council of Canada ~ February 1, 2018
Seeking proposals from junior or other investigators starting out in the assessment field and/or students undertaking graduate education in relevant fields to study "innovations in the assessment of clinical competence or performance of students, postgraduate trainees or practitioners." Grants of up to $37,500 for up to one year available. Start date must be between July 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019.
Spring 2017 Project Grants [Research Grants]
Canadian Institutes of Health Research ~ February 6, 2018 for registration; March 6 for applications
Support for well-defined research projects based on ideas with “the greatest potential for important advances in fundamental or applied health-related knowledge, the health care system, and/or health outcomes.”
Soft Landing Program [Export support for start-ups and SMEs]
Canadian Digital Media Network ~ February 11, 2018 for spring cohort
Revenue-generating technology start-ups and SMEs seeking business opportunities outside of Canada can apply for up to $4,000 in reimbursable expenses. May also qualify for co-working space. Note: does not support travel for events, conferences, trade shows or trade missions.
Cancer Research Society Operating Grants [Research Grants]
CIHR Institute of Cancer Research (CIHR-ICR) in partnership with the Cancer Research Society ~ February 15, 2018
Opportunity to apply for operating grants to support fundamental, early translational and environment-cancer research on all types of cancers. Focus areas include, but are not limited to, understanding risk factors for development of high fatality, metastatic, and hard to treat cancers, as well as novel/unconventional approaches to identify and treat such cancers. Up to $60,000 per year for up to 2 years.
Trial Partners [Innovation Partner EOI]
Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation ~ February 17, 2018
Seniors’ care and other health service organizations are invited to submit an Expression of Interest to act as a trial partner site for the Centre’s Industry Innovation Partnership Program. In this role, they would test an innovative product or service at their site, administer project funding (up to $600,000 for projects of 6-18 months), support the partner company in overseeing project execution, inform the Centre of updates and outcomes, and ensure privacy and research ethics requirements are identified and met.
CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program [Fellowship for early career investigators]
Canadian Institute for Advanced Research ~ February 22, 2018
Seeking early career investigators (holding a PhD and being within the first five years of a full-time academic appointment) whose research interests are aligned with eligible themes, including the Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind, and Consciousness. Successful applicants receive $100,000 CDN in unrestricted research support, a two-year membership to a CIFAR research program, and specialized leadership and communication skills training.
Operating Grant : SPOR PIHCI Network – Knowledge Synthesis Grants [Research Grant]
Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research, Canadian Institutes of Health Research ~ March 6, 2018
Up to $25,000 per project for one year knowledge synthesis grants for cross-jurisdictional teams to undertake knowledge syntheses or scoping reviews in areas relevant to the network's priorities. Note: In Ontario, eHealth innovations have been identified as a cross-cutting theme with the potential to have an impact on each of the priority areas. 1:1 matching with non-federal government sources is required.
Operating Grant : SPOR PIHCI Network - Comparative Program and Policy Analysis [Research Grant]
Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research, Canadian Institutes of Health Research ~ March 6, 2018
Inviting proposals to support research focused on "1) Comparative policy analyses across different provincial/territorial health system contexts and related health outcomes and 2) Comparative analysis of programmatic innovations in health care delivery that could scale to a system level." Findings are expected to guide evidence-informed policy decision-making and to inform future cross-jurisdictional research. CIHR will contribute up to $62,500 per grant per year for up to two years. 1:1 matching with non-federal government sources is required.
Canadian Cancer Society Innovation Grants [Research Grants]
CIHR Institute of Cancer Research in partnership with Canadian Cancer Society~ March 29, 2018
Grants of up to $100,000 per year for up to 2 years to support "innovative, creative problem solving in cancer research," with a particular focus on innovative discovery across all cancer research and for breast cancer research specifically. "Proposed work should incorporate multi-pronged high risk/high reward approaches across diverse fields of study and stimulate new partnerships between researchers and experts in the field."
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.
- List of publicly available Canadian healthcare costing data, CADTH
- 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.
- ANNOUNCEMENT: Value-Based Innovation Program
Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
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 ~ March 29, 2018: 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.
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