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 2018/11/15)

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.

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. 

Managed Equipment Services Plus (MES Plus) Solution [NEW - Market Sounding Exercise]
Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation ~ November 28
Aiming to “ascertain the range of market capacity, capability, readiness, and the level of interest to provide a solution or solutions to a proposed set of requirements and/or desired outcomes using innovative procurement approaches” for managed equipment services.

Electrophysiology Hardware and Software [NEW - Invitation to Tender]
Memorial University of Newfoundland ~ November 29
Seeking to procure electrophysiology hardware and software for the University’s Faculty of Medicine. 

Innovation Fund Seed Grant [NEW - Research Grant]
Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research ~ November 30 for Letter of Intent
Seed grants of up to $100,000 per year, renewable for an additional year, to support research projects that involve collaboration with at least 2 of 3 partner organizations (SickKids, UHN, and U of Toronto). The focus is on identifying projects with “the potential to transform our understanding or approach to heart failure.”

Ultrasound Units [NEW - RFP, Consecutive Negotiations]
Diagnostic Imaging, Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation ~ December 5
Inviting proposals for the supply, delivery and installation of seven (7) Ultrasound Units for the Diagnostic Imaging Department at McMaster University Medical Centre.

Electroencephalogram -EGG - System [NEW - RFP]
Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario ~ December 6
Aiming to procure an EEG and associated accessories.

Diagnostic Imaging (DI) Equipment for General Radiography Rooms [NEW - RFP]
Shared Services West ~ December 6
Inviting proposals for turn-key supply, delivery, installation, training and support of diagnostic imaging equipment for general radiography rooms that may include Trillium Health Partners’ Mississauga Hospital, Credit Valley Hospital and Queensway Health Centre sites. 

Better Management of Patients Living With COPD Using Remote Patient Interactive Technological Solution [NEW - 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).

Neuromodulation Suite [NEW - 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.

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 

Software Solution for ImageSim Platform [RFI]
Hospital for Sick Children ~ November 20
”Software Solution for ImageSim Platform. ImageSim is currently browser-based with customized code blocks written in php, javascript, html, and Flash/Actionscript.  Since Flash player development may end by 2020, at a minimum this part of the system will need to be replaced and/or converted to ensure it will continue to support research and educational courses offered on the platform into the future.”

User Interface and Tool for Digital Cardiac Analytics Platform [RFSQ]
University Health Network ~ November 21
Inviting participants to take part in an RFSQ as part of a competitive dialogue process that aims to “identify and  engage a strategic partner to build a web  based interactive layer which includes user interface and tools connected to the Data Lake/Digital Cardiovascular Health Platform (DCHP) that will allow multiple parties to request data for specific purposes and front end users to interact with sophisticated analytical dashboards. Proponents are required to have the requisite expertise,  technical capability and qualified resources to work with UHN to finalize and deliver the product.”

Clinical Activity, Caseload and Workload Capture Systems [RFI]
St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton ~ November 22
Seeking information about “ready-to-implement clinical activity, caseload, and workload capture systems that integrate with Epic Health Information Systems 2017 and 2018.”

Video Endoscopy Scopes/Systems [RFP]
Saskatchewan Health Authority for the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital ~ November 22
Inviting proposals to supply video endoscopy scopes to be used within the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital in the short-term, with the option for purchasing additional equipment in the future.

Diagnostic Imaging Equipment[RFP]
St. Joseph's Health System GPO - CAPsource ~ November 23
Inviting proposals for the supply of diagnostic imaging equipment for participating hospitals.

Mental Health Promotion Innovation Fund[Intervention Research Grants]
Public Health Agency of Canada ~ November 26
Grants for 15-20 projects of up to $65K for the 2019/20 fiscal year and $250K for the 2020/21 fiscal year to support “projects which promote population mental health through the delivery, evaluation and promotion of innovative population health interventions.” The interventions sought would primarily target people under the age of 25 and/or primary caregivers of children and youth.

Art of the Possible: Myths associated with the Broader Public Sector (BPS) Procurement Directive[Webinar]
Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario ~ November 26
Webinar aiming to “help you address barriers to innovation adoption by debunking some of the most common myths associated with Ontario’s Broader Public Sector (BPS) Procurement Directive. Listen and ask questions as we walk through The Art of the Possible: A Quick Reference Guide to Ontario Broader Public Sector Procurement Myths, created by the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO) as part of its work as an Innovation Broker.”

Electronic Incident Management Reporting System [RFP]
Southlake Regional Health Centre ~ November 27
Seeking a technology partner to supply a solution that is “intuitive and easily accessible to all hospital staff to improve patient safety, overall quality of care and enable the hospital to enhance error management with increased error prevention.”

Portable DR Machine[RFP]
Shared Support Services Southeastern Ontario ~ November 29
Requesting proposals for the supply of a portable DR machine for Quinte Healthcare Corporation.

Portable Ultrasound Units [RFP]
HMMS on behalf of London Health Sciences Centre and the Medical Imaging Department ~ November 29
Aiming to “establish a long term partnership with a preferred Proponent for the supply of as needed replacement purchases and ongoing service support options for Point of Care Ultrasound Systems.”

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.”

BloodTechNet Award Program [Award Program]
Canadian Blood Services ~ November 30
Award of $50,000 to “facilitate the development of innovative educational projects that network the transfusion, cellular therapy, and transplantation communities in Canada.”

National Awards Program[Call for Nominations]
Canadian College of Health Leaders ~ Varies, most are November 30, 2018 or February 1, 2019
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. 

Patient Turn and Position System [RFP]
Plexxus for University Health Network ~ December 4
Seeking “devices that work as a system to turn, position and boost patients in bed. The system is to promote prevention of health care acquired pressure ulcers while minimizing risk to healthcare professional and simplifying process for staff.”

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 Traceabilit[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 [NEW - 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.

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.” 

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.

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.

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.”

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.”

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.


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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