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 2018/05/24)
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.
Electrocardiogram, Cardiac Holter Monitoring, Echocardiography and Stress Testing Services [NEW - RFQ]
Shared Services West for Haldimand War Memorial Hospital ~ June 6
Seeking proposals for a variety of services on site at Haldiman War Memorial Hospital.
Next Generation Sequencer [NEW - RFI]
Providence St. Joseph's and St. Michael's Healthcare ~ June 12
Aiming to gather information “about the marketplace in order to assist in the determination of future purchasing options or requirements for Nucleic acid Sequencing Instruments (specifically, Next-gen and Single Molecule Real time sequencers).”
Innovative Mental Health Supports Program [NEW - RFP]
County of Lambton ~ June 13
Seeking an “innovative program which will result in positive outcomes from both an individual and system perspective for individuals with mental illness.”
Diagnostic and Therapeutic Equipment [NEW - RFP]
Plexxus ~ June 21
Tender for diagnostic and therapeutic equipment #CW556024.
Electronic Medical Record for Mental Wellness and Substance Use [NEW - RFP]
Government of Yukon Mental Wellness and Substance Use (MWSU) Directorate ~ June 28
Inviting proposals to provide an electronic medical record solution (EMR) that will “support the clinical and patient management processes necessary to treat its mental health population. The EMR must be able to record and smartly manage assessment templates, assimilate and consolidate pertinent health information to demonstrate clinical progress as well as effectively manage patient administration activities, yet is geared towards the unique clinical management needs to manage mental wellness care.Further, we are looking to work with a partner who can collaborate with us to achieve our clinical and patient management requirements, as well as demonstrates an ability to align to wider Yukon eHealth strategic needs, in the context of helping improve the client journey.”
Special Invitation -Adjacent Fields: Canada [NEW - Grants to bring expertise, technologies, or approaches to advance the development of therapeutics and tools for neurodegenerative diseases of aging in areas such as AI, big data, and data science]
Weston Brain Institute ~ on-going
A total of up to $10 million per year available, with applicants applying through existing programs.
Big Ideas: Canada [NEW - Grants for therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging]
Weston Brain Institute ~ on-going
Approximately $5-20 million over approximately 5 years to support a large-scale, pivotal initiative that will significantly and sustainably advance research in the field of translational research on neurodegenerative diseases of aging.
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
Smart Solutions for Aging Well [International Call for Proposals]
Active and Assisted Living Solutions ~ May 28
Inviting proposals that enable innovative, transnational and multi-disciplinary collaborative projects developing ICT-based solutions to support active and assisted living. Must include consortia with at least 3 organizations from 3 different countries (including Canada). Project duration of 18 to 36 months, with total funding of up to 2.5 million euros. Canadian component up to $117,666 per year for up to 3 years.
Organ Allocation System [Notice of Proposed Procurement]
Ontario Shared Services for the Gift of Life Network ~ May 28
Seeking a supplier to “develop, provide, and host a complete solution to improve and optimize its waitlist, organ allocation and transplantation system.”
AI and Society Workshops [Call for Proposals]
CIFAR ~ May 28
Soliciting proposals to explore social, ethical, legal, and economic aspects of artificial intelligence (AI) via international research workshops. Focus themes include policy considerations, global dynamics of AI, and discovery and creation. Workshops must take place by March 2019. Up to $50,000 for one workshop, up to $80,000 for two.
Portable Ultrasound Equipment [RFP]
Northern Regional Health Authority ~ May 28
Seeking proposals to supply portable ultrasound equipment for the regional health authority.
Pulse Oximetry Sensors and Accessories [RFP]
Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario ~ May 28
Inviting proposals to supply pulse oximetry sensors and accessories on a multi-year basis.
Operating Grant : Collaborative Health Research Projects [Research Grants]
Canadian Institutes of Health Research in collaboration with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council ~ May 29 for letters of intent; October 30 for full applications
Funding for innovative, interdisciplinary, collaborative research projects with a strong focus on knowledge translation that involve both the natural sciences or engineering community and the health sciences community. Includes a special call related to artificial intelligence. Successful projects from this call will bring together researchers from natural sciences and engineering; health sciences; social sciences and humanities to collaborate on innovative artificial intelligence research applied to health and to investigate ethical, legal, and/or societal impacts associated with the development, scale, and spread of AI in the health sector.” Total of $24.875 million available, including up to $5.975 million for the special call.
Portable Ultrasound Machines [RFP]
Health PEI ~ May 29
Seeking to procure two or more compact and portable ultrasound machines for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Dacron Grafts [RFI]
Healthcare Materials Management Services on behalf of London Health Sciences Centre ~ May 30
Gathering information on potential suppliers of dacron grafts.
Data Analytics System [RFI]
Providence St. Joseph's and St. Michael's Healthcare ~ May 31
Aiming to gather information to assist in shaping future purchasing options or requirements for a data analytics system.
cSWO Program, Analysis and Research Economic Evaluation Study on EHR [RFP]
Healthcare Materials Management Services ~ May 31
Seeking support “to determine and understand the extent to which cSWO Program efforts are impacting health system spending, we seek expert guidance on developing a research plan for an economic evaluation of the EHR within south west Ontario. In addition to developing the evaluation plan, we also require assistance with subsequent data analysis. This will enable the AR Program to understand and quantify how using electronic health record solutions impact the cost of delivering care. cSWO is looking to measure clinical and organizational changes our program may be enabling in a manner that can substantiate our role in reducing health care spending. To date the EHR has been successfully adopted within several health care professions and across health care sectors. Community pharmacists have only recently been granted access to ClinicalConnect. However, the cSWO team anticipates a focus on onboarding a substantial number of community pharmacists over the next two years. This affords us the opportunity to assess changes that occur across key health economic indicators before and after individual community pharmacy organizations acquire access to the EHR. As such, an Economic Evaluation Plan will identify key metrics relevant to community pharmacy to evaluate changes pre- and post- access to ClinicalConnect.”
Canada~Israel R&D Partnering [Call for R&D Proposals]
Canada-Israel Industrial Research Foundation ~ May 31
Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises invited to submit proposals to “validate, adapt, and co-develop” technologies with Israeli companies. Focus areas include information and communication technologies, as well as life sciences.
2018 Joule Innovation Grant Program [Innovation Grants]
Joule ~ June 1
Up to $80,000 in funding available to Canadian Medical Association members, medical students, and residents who are advancing early-stage, later-stage, or social innovations. Dedicated category of grants for students and residents.
Hospital Information System (HIS) Requirements Development and Vendor Selection Consulting Services [RFP]
Shared Services West on behalf of Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care ~ June 5
Inviting proposals for a two-phase process related to HIS requirements development and vendor selection.
Alberta Electronic Health Record (Alberta Netcare) Next Generation Auditing Analysis [RFI]
Alberta Health ~ June 6
Requesting assistance “to assist Alberta Health as it looks to enhance and automate the audit process of Alberta Netcare’s use. Alberta Health seeks to automate, apply statistical analysis and machine learning methods to the data stored in existing Alberta Netcare monitoring systems for the purpose of trend identification and analysis, the continual improvement of proactive monitoring and auditing practices and to infer the degree of inappropriate user access. Alberta Health must find a solution that supports future developments in these areas. Alberta Health’s ultimate goal is to prevent inappropriate access through the improved tracking of Alberta Netcare’s use.”
Verification Camera for Compounding of Parenteral Medications [RFQ]
Grand River Hospital ~ June 7
Seeking qualified vendors to provide software and hardware “to provide a safe and reliable method to document and validate the compounding of parenteral medications.”
Spark Program 2018 Call for Innovations [Innovation Project Grants]
Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation ~ June 14
Up to $50,000 to support innovative products and practices informed by the experience of point-of-care staff working with older adult. People working at Canadian not-for-profit healthcare organizations and Seniors Quality Leap Initiative members can apply for funding to develop or refine grass-roots, early-stage solutions. Host organizations receive up-to $50,000 to support these projects over up to 12 months. Themes include aging in place, caregiver support, caregiver support, care coordination and navigation, and cognitive health.
Urology Equipment [RFP]
Providence St. Joseph's and St. Michael's Healthcare~ June 14
Opportunity to supply urology equipment to the hospital.
SPOR National Data Platform [Grant]
Canadian Institutes of Health Research ~ June 19
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."
SHARCNET Round XII Dedicated Programming Competition [Call for Proposals for advanced computing resources]
SHARCNET ~ June 22
Opportunity to receive support for computational projects of exceptional potential that will have lasting impact and value and that require high performance and advanced computing resources and significant programming support. This includes innovative projects that leverage the capabilities of the “Graham” new GP3 system or programs of work that address efficient processing of large, heterogeneous datasets (“big data”).
Community and Home Care Support System [RFI]
Government of New Brunswick ~ June 27
Seeking information to identify potential suppliers for the Community and Home Care Support System for the province’s Extra-Mural Program.
Cardiac Supplies [RFPQ]
Ottawa Hospital on behalf of the Ottawa Heart Institute ~ June 29
With existing contracts expiring at the end of March 2019, the hospital is inviting vendors to participate in a Competitive Dialogue Process to fulfill its specialty cardiac supply needs. The intent is to “develop long term partnerships by engaging Vendors in outcomes based/value based procurement through a subsequent Request for Proposal.”
Tracking & Tracing of OR Implants [Innovation Procurement]
TransForm Shared Service Organization ~ June 29
An innovation procurement seeking a solution to track and trace OR implants from manufacturer to patient.
Idea to Innovation Grants [Grants for University and College Faculty]
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada ~ July 3 & September 24
Funding opportunity for College and University faculty members that aims to “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.” Market Assessment grants of up to $15,000, Phase I – Reduction to Practice grants of up to $125,000 for up to 12 months, and Phase IIa – Technology Enhancement for up to $125,000 for 6-18 months.
Team Grant : ERA-Net PerMed [Research Grant related to personalized medicine including data analysis, management and protection – integrating big data and ICT solutions]
Canadian Institutes of Health Research Roadmap Accelerator Fund, Personalized Health Initiative, under the scientific leadership of the Institute of Aging, Institute of Cancer Research, Institute of Gender and Health, Institute of Genetics and Institute of Health Services and Policy Research in partnership with the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS) in partnership with the IC PerMed International Consortium ~ July 5
Canadian researchers have access to $4.6 million from CIHR and FRQS, enough to fund about ten grants of up to $150,000 per year for up 3 years each. Personalized medicine projects must be interdisciplinary and demonstrate the potential impact, as well as the value of transnational collaboration. Focus areas include “data analysis, management and protection – integrating big data and ICT solutions.” This includes both enabling technologies and moving towards application in health care.
Blood Efficiency Accelerator Award Program [Research Grants]
Canadian Blood Services ~ July 15
Up to $30,000 per project available for “innovative research projects that seek new knowledge or accelerate the application of existing knowledge. In the context of this competition, blood product is defined as a therapeutic product derived from the donation of blood or blood components and includes red blood cell and platelet concentrates, plasma and plasma derivatives (including plasma protein products), and hematopoietic stem cells (including those derived from cord blood).”Priority for this competition will be given to “projects focused on improving procedures and protocols at Canadian hospitals or at Canadian Blood Services that will result in improved utilization of red blood cells, platelets, and plasma products. These improvements may be realized at any point from vein to vein, that is, from the point of blood collection, through the manufacturing, distribution, and blood banking processes, to clinical utilization. Projects with a defined knowledge translation strategy to accelerate the uptake of the study findings or of existing knowledge by the knowledge user group will also be prioritized.”
Rapid Response: Canada 2019 [Seed Funding for Research]
Weston Brain Institute ~ August 1 for Letter of Intent; November 12 for full applications
Seed funding of up to $200,000 over up to 18 months for “novel, high-risk, high-reward, translational research that will accelerate the development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging.”
Antimicrobial Resistance: Point of Care Diagnostics in Human Health - Phase 2 [Research Grant]
The Antimicrobial Resistance Initiatives, under the scientific leadership of the Institute of Infection and Immunity and the Institute of Population and Public Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research ~ August 15
Grants available to “further facilitate and improve the development of clinically relevant point-of-care diagnostic tools in AMR that will improve rational use of antibiotics and improve clinical management. The point-of-care technology would not only permit on-site diagnoses (i.e. in the physician’s office, during ambulance transport, from patient’s residence, at the pharmacy, or at the hospital), but also contribute to empowering health service professionals to make decisions and assessments regarding choice of treatment in a timely and appropriate manner. This would significantly impact health care delivery and appropriate use of antibiotics. It may also serve as detection for disease outbreaks and investigation of unknown pathogens while maintaining public health surveillance capability.” Intent to support partnerships between academics and industry or other non-academic partners.
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.”
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.
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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