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 2019/04/11)

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. 

Innovation-to-Scale: Accelerated, High Impact, and Sustainable Scale-up of Innovations for Saving Mothers and Newborns at Birth [NEW – Call for Proposals]
Global Financing Facility, in partnership with Laerdal Global Health and the Government of Norway ~ April 30
Call for proposals to “accelerate uptake of proven innovations to reduce maternal and newborn mortality around the time of birth and in the immediate postnatal period. In collaboration with national governments, the goal is to demonstrate and document how accelerated and sustainable delivery of such innovations will help countries achieve the life-saving impacts required to meet ambitious maternal and newborn mortality targets and, through this, facilitate further implementation across relevant GFF countries.” Expected to award 5 grants of up to $5 million each.  Note that projects must be conducted in current Global Financing Facility countries that have prioritized maternal and neonatal mortality reduction.

Cell Analyzer [NEW - RFP]
Plexxus ~ April 30
Desire to procure a cell analyzer “for the analysis of specific populations of viable cells from a heterogeneous mix of cell types. The equipment will be used to develop new assays for use in cancer research. The equipment must demonstrate high sensitivity and accuracy while having a user-friendly software interface that allows for experimental setup, analysis, and data export.The Cell Analyzer will enable the detection of biomarkers identified as significant in disease progression. Additionally, the equipment will be used to develop innovative applications of flow cytometry in the field of cancer research.”

Driving Simulator for Patients Receiving Occupational Therapy [NEW - RFP]
Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation ~ May 1
Aiming to procure a driving simulator for patients who are receiving occupational therapy.

Design of & Implementation Strategy for a Data Governance & Management Framework [NEW - RFP]
Ontario Telemedicine Network ~ May 5
Seeking proposals from suppliers with privacy expertise – particularly in designing and implementing a data governance framework “tailored for a healthcare organization such as OTN with a provincial mandate, a variety of data holdings, and a complex privacy regulatory framework.”

Genomic Applications Partnership Program- Round 16 [NEW - Funding for Public-Private Research Collaborations]
Genome Canada ~ May 20 for Expressions of Interest
Co-funding for 1-3 year projects with a total size of $300,000-$1,000,000 for public-private research collaborations focused on developing genomics-derived technologies. Intended to support “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 are led by the Receptor organization (Canadian or international) but are active collaborations with a Canadian academic researcher. These projects are co-funded by Receptors and other stakeholders and must have the potential to generate significant social and/or economic benefits for Canada.” Note: 1/3 investment from Genome Canada, 1/3 provided by the Receptor partner (cash and/or in-kind) and 1/3 of other co-funding (non-Genome Canada).

Picture Archiving and Communications [NEW - RFP]
Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario ~ May 30
Procuring a PACS that “enables radiology imaging exam acquisition, exam Quality Control (QC), diagnostic workflows, as well as enterprise-wide image distribution.” 

CDL Health Stream [NEW - Access to Mentors and Investors]
Creative Destruction Lab ~ August 12
Early-stage companies aiming to bring health innovations to market are offered 5 in-person objective-setting sessions between October and June. Note: there are no fees for participation and the Creative Destruction Lab does not take any equity. 

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 

Priority Health Innovation Challenge [INNOVATION CHALLENGE]
Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement ~ Registration opened April 2 (18 month challenge with open enrolment)
Open innovation challenge for teams focusing on improving access to mental health and addictions services or to home and community care. Up to $400,000 in awards for those who move the dial most on priority indicators, as well as those who reach more patients. Teams must include at least one patient partner.

CT Scanner Replacement
Hospital for Sick Children ~ April 15
Intention to procure a replacement CT scanner that “must be able to sustain an expanded pediatric cardiac imaging program in addition to fulfilling all current and future needs in neuroradiology and body imaging.” The RFP scope includes “removal of the existing equipment, purchase and installation of the new scanner, acceptance (clinical, regulatory, physics) and comprehensive user training (technologist, physicist, radiologist).”

Information, Communication and Automation Technology (ICAT) Design Report [RFP]
Niagara Health System ~ April 16
Aiming to procure “ICAT planning services to create an ICAT Design Report that will guide the ICAT planning, design, implementation, and operations for the new hospital. The ICAT Design Report will develop an ICAT Design Vision and Principles and be part of NH’s overall Design Program.  The ICAT Design Report should align with the NH’s ICT Strategic Plan, the Project’s Design Vision, and should guide the development of the ICAT requirement into the contract documents (Project Specific Output Specification (PSOS)).  The ICAT Design Report should also develop a clear performance plan with metrics/indicators to measure the performance of the ICAT design at every stage, including a return-on-investment.”

Data and Analytics Consulting [RFP]
Workplace Safety and Insurance Board ~ April 16
Inviting proposals for “the provision of data and analytical consulting services to support the WSIB in the following areas: highlighting emerging analytical trends; bringing insights to new analytical methods and tolls; advising on data governance; and other potential new offerings such as artificial intelligence.”

Electronic Records Strategy & Implementation of Electronic Case Files [RFP]
College of Nurses of Ontario ~ April 16
Inviting proposals “from vendors/consultants with records and information management expertise to carry out two separate but related projects: (1) develop an electronic records management strategy with a proposed  implementation plan and timeline to support the College in transitioning to an organization that effectively and efficiently manages its digital records throughout their lifecycle (2) manage a project to convert the paper case files associated with all regulatory processes in the College’s Professional Conduct Team to digital case files.”

Innovation Grants [GRANTS]
Canadian Cancer Society ~ Letter of intent April 17; applications September 10
Up to $300,000 per year for 5 years to “provide a mechanism for scientists to adopt innovations and accelerate the application of new knowledge to address problems in cancer research that have the potential for practical application.”

Managed Equipment Service (MES) Provider and Strategic Performance Collaboration (SPC) [RFS]
Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation ~ April 18
Inviting proposed solutions to serve as a Managed Equipment Service (“MES”) Provider and Strategic Performance Collaboration (“SPC”).

Professional Services to Provide Provincial Print Management [RFP]
Winnipeg Regional Health Authority ~ April 22
Seeking a supplier “who will lead the purchasers in their efforts to reduce the number of print devices and print volume.  This provider will provide oversight and management of the full print management solution, including sourcing hardware, across the provincial landscape, including the print shops.”

Provision of Emergency Medical Advice and Telemedicine Support for Canadian Coast Guard [RFP]
Fisheries and Oceans Canada ~ April 23
Aiming to procure the “services of a company that can supply an Emergency Medical Information / Advice support system for the use of Health Officers on board CCG vessels in extremely remote areas (Arctic, international waters etc.)” Intent to be able to obtain medical advice to support Health Officers (nurses) on board Coast Guard ships in remote locations by phone and/or internet. 

South East Hospital Cluster Hospital Information System (HIS) [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.

Digital Mammography System [RFP]
West GTA Healthcare Shared Services Corporation ~ April 26
Seeking proposals to supply a digital mammography system.

Digital Workplace - Paper Lite Strategy [RFP]
Hospital for Sick Children ~ April 29
Inviting proposals that will enable the hospital to “engage expert consulting services in helping the Hospital in developing a strategy towards a paper-lite future with the implementation of the Enterprise Content Management Strategy.  Please note the scope of this enterprise content management will be limited to Corporate Services only.  Clinical Services are not in scope for this initiative.”

Pacemakers and Accessories [RFP]
Humber River Hospital ~ April 30
Seeking value-based proposals for the provision of pacemakers and accessories for the hospital. 

Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network ~ May 1
Notice of intent to procure services that “will assist and support the patient and family to receive care in the community instead of remaining in or going to the hospital to receive care and treatment,” which could be provided as face-to-face in-home visits and/or technology-enabled care. 

Design Competition Innovation Showcase [STUDENT COMPETITION]
Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Technology ~ May 1
Design competition “to introduce students to real-world biomedical situations in healthcare and to promote students' project-management and design techniques.” Focus areas: include biomedical imaging and therapy, as well as health care analytics and applications. Prizes of $500-3000 available.

Fundica Roadshow Pitch Competition [Pitch Competition]
Fundica Roadshow ~ May 5
Opportunity to apply to pitch at sessions in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver for early-stage, Canadian startups with a technological component and an expected revenue growth of more than 50%.

Innovation Factory,  Hamilton Chamber of Commerce ~ May 12
Annual competition for the entrepreneurship and innovation community in Hamilton, with 15 finalists who pitch their ideas to business experts. Opportunity to win over $100,000 in cash and in-kind resources.

Advanced Case Costing and Traceability Solution [RFSQ]
Southlake Regional Health Centre ~ May 13
Intent to gather and facilitate the exchange of information “about potential suppliers that may wish to collaborate with other suppliers with a view to participating in the Southlake Competitive Dialogue Procurement Process for an Advanced Case Costing and Traceability solution to fulfil the needs of Southlake.”

The Michael R Freeman Innovation Award: Cardiac and Vascular Collaborative Innovation Competition [INNOVATION AWARD] 
Heart and Stroke/Richard Lewar Centre of Excellence in Cardiovascular Research (HSRLCE), the academic/teaching hospitals from the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (i.e. Hospital for Sick Children, St. Michael’s Hospital, Sinai Health Systems, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, the Women’s College Hospital, the University Health Network and University of Toronto’s Translational Biology and Engineering Program) ~ May 15
Intent to spur innovation with “seed funding for novel ideas aimed at cardiovascular disease management, emphasizing collaborative research and development at multiple sites within the TCLHIN and initiated by at least one investigator from within the LHIN. Priority will be given to ideas with a pathway toward commercialization within 5 years.” Seven participating sites (HSC, SMH, SBHS, SBHSC, UHN, UofT TBEP and WCH) will each commit $35,000 toward activities at their site. This will be matched (1:3 ratio) by a $75,000 support by HSRLCE, to provide a potential total award pool of $300K per year. The maximum award per successful proposal is $150,000.

Active and Assisted Living Program [GRANTS]
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) under the scientific leadership of the Institute of Aging (IA) in partnership with the Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR), the Active and Assisted Living Association (AAL), and Mitacs ~ May 24
Inviting proposals for “collaborative projects developing ICT-based solutions targeting any application area(s) within the AAL domain, with a focus on specified markets.” Note: ‘collaborative projects’ are to be carried out by consortia composed of at least 3 organisations from 3 different countries including an end user organisation and a business partner. Typical duration of 18 to 36 months, with maximum funding of €2.500.000. One Canadian-based applicant could receive up to $117,666 per year for up to 3 years, with the possibility that the amount may grow if more funding partners participate.

50 Over 50 Entrepreneurship Awards [AWARDS]
Wise-Seniors in Business with a wide range of supporting organizations ~ June 30
Fifty awards available, with the nature of financial and in-kind benefits to be determined. Eligibility: “Anyone who was 50 years old when they started the business can apply or be nominated. If there is more than one owner, at least one of the majority owners must have been 50 when the business was started and still be active in the business.”


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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