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 2018/09/20)

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. 

Mobile X-ray Unit [NEW - RFP]
Temiskaming Hospital ~ October 2
Inviting proposals from a “qualified and knowledgeable company for the purchase, installation and training of a digital x-ray mobile unit for the diagnostic imaging department. The unit must be able to perform the following:direct radiography for adult and children, utilizing our facilities existing detectors.”

Perioperative Information Management Solution [NEW - RFP]
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre ~ October 12
Seeking proposals to supply a perioperative information management solution for the hospital.

Physician Scheduling Module [NEW - RFP]
Grand River Hospital and St. Mary’s General Hospital~ October 15
Request for proposals related to a physician scheduling module for the two participating hospitals.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (COPE) Trial Service Provider [NEW - RFP]
Centre for Evidence Based Orthopaedics, McMaster University ~ October 19
Invitation to qualified bidders to “submit responses for the supply of centralized delivery of CBT through both telephone/video and a therapist-assisted, digital software application (iCBT) as a service (SaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) to be provided in Canada.” This would support a three-year multi-center randomized controlled trial with 1,000 participants who have an open fracture of the appendicular skeleton or closed fracture of the lower extremity or pelvis treated with internal fixation. 

Transport Ventilators [NEW - RFP]
Plexxus ~ October 25
Seeking bids to provide ventilators “approved for full inter-hospital patient transport capable of invasive and non-invasive methods of ventilation primarily for adult and pediatric patient populations. Included are associated consumable and accessories, (extended) warranty and maintenance services (corrective and preventative).”

Exploration Fund [NEW - Research or Innovation Grants]
North York General Hospital ~ October 25
Supports staff and physicians to “create and study new and better ways to meet the growing needs of our community.” The Sellors Family Research Grant will support applications related to autoimmune disease, neurology, or quality of life, with funding of up to $49,000. Small Grants include funding of up to $7,500.

Ventilator - Adult and Neonatal [NEW - RFP]
Plexxus ~ October 25
Inviting bids for “critical care medical ventilators (intra-hospital use) capable of invasive and non-invasive methods of ventilation for adult and neonatal patient populations. Included are associated consumable and accessories, (extended) warranty and maintenance services.”

Resources for Research Groups (RRG) Competition [NEW - Access to Advanced Computing Resources]
Compute Canada ~ November 8
Invitation for faculty members and their sponsored users to apply for access to “compute, storage or cloud resources at a scale beyond that available from local institutional or provincial resources.” Note: Allocations are awarded typically for 1 year.


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 

Single Sign-on and Proximity Tap Solution [RFP]
Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation ~ September 27
Aiming to procure a single sign-on and proximity tap solution. Note: structured submission required.

Transcatheter Aortic Heart Valve [RFP]
Healthcare Materials Management Services on behalf of Cardiac Surgery at University Hospital ~ September 27
Seeking to establish a long-term partnership for the supply of about 70% of needs in this domain. The hospital currently performs about 105 cases annually and anticipates growth over the next two years.

MR Breast Biopsy System with Visualization and Analysis Function [RFP]
Eastern Health ~ September 27
Invitation to bid on “the provision of an MR Breast Biopsy System with Visualization and Analysis within Eastern Health” that is compatible with the 1.5 Tesla Siemens Aera scanner with all its coils including the sentinelle breast coil.

Strategic Partnership - Cardiac Arrhythmia, Heart Investigation, Vascular and Neuroscience Products [Procurement Partnership]
Hamilton Health Science Corporation ~ September 28
Aiming to develop a strategic partnership related to a series of cardiac arrhythmia, heart investigation, vascular, and neuroscience products.

2019 Women Leader in Digital Health [Awards]
Digital Health Canada ~ September 28
Nominate “female visionaries who are harnessing the power of IT to transform Canadian health and healthcare.” Ten awards available.

Blood Gas Analyzers [RFP]
Plexxus ~ September 28
Seeking proposals for the supply of blood gas analyzers.

Neuro Interventional Products [Innovative Procurement]
Shared Services West for Trillium Health Partners ~ September 28
Inviting proposals for “holistic provision of a solution including interventional products. ”Proposals should address value for money and economic outcomes, performance management and reporting outcomes, clinical operations and quality outcomes, and patient values and clinical outcomes. 

Benita M. Warmbold Fellowship in Health System Innovation [Fellowship]
Women's College Hospital Foundation and the Women's College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care ~ September 30
Scholarship of up to $10,000 (50% of graduate or post-doctoral tuition) to support a scholar with demonstrated interest in implementation science and new models of healthcare delivery, in knowledge translation, and research ability/potential. Strong leadership and interpersonal abilities, as well as a background in health technology, would be assets.

Canada India Spinal Cord Injury Innovation Award – Getting Solutions to Market [Innovation Grants]
IC-IMPACTS, the Rick Hansen Institute (RHI), and the India Spinal Injuries Centre (ISIC) ~ September 30 for Letter of Intent
Up to $50,000 over up to 24 months for collaborative innovations related to “innovation and research in the treatment and care of people living with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) and secondary complications in India and around the world.”

Minimally Invasive Surgical Camera Equipment [RFP for Consecutive Negotiations]
St. Joseph's Health System GPO - CAPsource ~ October 2
Seeking minimally invasive surgical camera equipment for the St. Joseph’s Health System.

Infection Prevention and Control Surveillance Software [RFP]
HMMS on behalf of the Infection Prevention and Control teams at London Health Science Centre and St Joseph’s Health Care ~ October 4
Seeking to develop a long-term partnership for the supply of infection prevention and control surveillance software and related services.

Laboratory Information System [Negotiated RFP]
Yukon Health and Social Services ~ October 9
Seeking to procure a “secure, modern, supported, Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) to aid in the management of laboratory information and compliance monitoring for the Environmental Health Services Laboratory.”

Gold Leaf Prizes [Award]
Canadian Institutes of Health Research ~ October 10
Inviting nominations for national awards to recognize (1) impact on health outcomes, practices, policies, and/or the health system; (2) discovery that significantly influences knowledge in their field; (3) outstanding achievements in an early career investigator; and (4) transformative leadership in patient engagement.

Automated Pharmacy Medication Packager/Labeller Systems [RFP]
Correctional Service of Canada ~ October 10
Aiming to purchase auto-packers for 2 regions (Ontario and Pacific) and enable the other 3 regions to replace their current systems if desired. The intent is “to automate much of the dispensing process of solid oral dosage medications at all of the regional pharmacies with the use of two large packagers / labelers. The packager / labeler system must be turnkey and include all design, labor and equipment including materials, cables, tools, transportation services, supervision, coordination, documentation, and integration and necessary instruction to complete all installations required.”

New Idea Award Competition [Ideation Competition]
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada ~ October 26 for Letter of Intent and February 2, 2019 for Applications
Up to $75,000 to support “innovative approaches that may fundamentally change the understanding, diagnosis and/or treatment of blood cancers and related pre-malignant conditions.”

Unified Data Architecture Solution for Analytics and Decision Support [Notice of Potential Procurement]
Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation ~ October 31

Cystic Fibrosis Canada’s 2018 Targeted Research Competition [Research Grant]
Cystic Fibrosis Canada ~ October 31
Up to $100,000 per year for up to 2 years for research projects that relate to either (1) screening, monitoring, and management of cystic fibrosis-related diabetes (CFRD) with the goal of reducing the burden of care (focus areas include: development of more efficient and patient-friendly screening tools and development or adaptation of new, less invasive therapies to treat CFRD) or (2) gastrointestinal symptomatology (development of a validated tool to reliably quantify gastrointestinal pain and symptoms and addressing the etiology of gastrointestinal pain and symptoms, including the validation of biomarkers of gut health or gastrointestinal quality of life).

Canadian Harkness Fellowship Award [Fellowship]
Commonwealth Fund and Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement ~ November 12
Opportunity for a year-long Fellowship which aim to “produce the next generation of health policy leaders in the eight participating countries — Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.” Funding covers roundtrip airfare to the U.S., living allowance, project-related travel, travel to fellowship seminars, health insurance, and U.S. federal and state taxes. A family supplement is also provided to cover airfare, living allowance, and health insurance.

Canadian Health Technologies for Space Exploration [LOI/RFI]
Public Works and Government Services Canada for the Canadian Space Agency ~ November 15
Advising the Canadian space and biomedical sectors of its intention to issue RFPs for space health technology challenges and socio-economic studies. 

eMarketplace [Participation Opportunity]
Ontario Medical Association ~ November 30
Seeking proposals to participate in eMarketplace, an on-line directory of business and IT services for Ontario's physicians. The Ontario Medical Association “has created a centralized online directory (called eMarketplace) of service providers, intended to serve the physician community in Ontario of their Information Technology (IT), business and medical practice needs. We invite interested vendors who wish to provide timely service, quality products and excellent pricing to Ontario physicians to apply to eMarketplace.”

Organ and Tissue Allocation System Replacement [Notice of Intended Procurement]
Trillium Gift of Life Network ~ November 30
Intention to replace the Network’s Organ and Tissue Allocation System (TOTAL), “the core information technology system that supports the Province of Ontario’s end to end organ donation and transplantation process of organ allocation, wait list management, recipient and transplant case management and decision making.”

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.

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.


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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