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 2017/11/16)

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.

HealthEDGE Challenge: Devices for better care, better health and better science [NEW - Innovation Challenge]
Faculty of Medicine's Health Innovation Hub, Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering's The Hatchery, University of Toronto ~ November 20 Launch Event
Launch of the 2017/18 HealthEDGE Challenge focusing on devices for better health, better care, and better science. Up to $5000 in prizes.

Next Generation Sequencing Instrument [NEW - RFP]
Laurentian University ~ November 22

Canada-Chicago Mentoring Program [NEW - Mentorship Opportunity]
Trade Commissioner Service in partnership with the province of Ontario and the Chicago Innovation Mentors ~ November 24
Structured six-month mentorship program for life sciences and healthcare entrepreneurs seeking to enter this market. Target sectors include health IT, medical devices, diagnostics, imaging, and biopharma. Includes access to MATTER, a Chicago-based healthcare incubator, including its workspace, network, and educational programming.

Appointment Reminder Notification Solution [NEW - Advance Contract Award Notification]
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health ~ November 27
Signalling an intention to award a contract for implementation and support of an appointment reminder solution.

Cancer Guidelines Database RP331-2017-02 [NEW - RFP]
Canadian Partnership Against Cancer ~ November 30
Requesting proposals to regularly refresh the content of a cancer guidelines database following its upcoming launch, in line with the organization's overall digital strategy. At time of launch in winter 2017/18, the database will be up-to-date with guidelines published up to and including December 2016.

Potential IT Infrastructures for a Health Profession Registry [NEW - RFI]
University Health Network ~ December 1
This request for information pertains to an initiative to create and implement a registry for a set of health professions in Ontario, with a view to ensuring competent and safe care. Elements of the registry will include "a transparent interim complaints process, a code of conduct, clear accurate information, mandatory registration mechanism, and title protection."

Supply of a Cancer Radiation Therapy "Second Dose Check" Software System [NEW - RFP]
Saskatchewan Cancer Agency ~ December 4
Procuring a "network-based solution that integrates both 3D dose verification and a 'per fraction' dose tracking system to support a move to adaptive radiotherapy through an improved ability to verify plan calculations and increase the use of information collected during treatment."

Accelerator Grants in Genomic Medicine 2018: Whole Genome Sequencing and Artificial Intelligence [NEW - Grants]
McLaughlin Centre, University of Toronto ~ December 8 for letters of intent
Call for proposals for one-year grants of  up to $100,000 (requires matching), including an emphasis on development and implementation of artificial intelligence-based applications to analyze genomic data in biomedical research. 

Specimen Radiography Imaging System [NEW - RFP]
Providence St. Joseph's and St. Michael's Hospital Health Care  ~ December 8
Soliciting bids to provide a specimen radiography imaging system, supplies,and related accessories for the hospital's division of Pathology.

Physician Billing Software [NEW - RFI]
University Health Network ~ December 8
Seeking information on physician billing software, as well as associated market capabilities.

Memorandum of Information - Patient Communication Hub [NEW - Information Session for Innovation Procurement]
Southlake Regional Health Centre and Peterborough Regional Health Centre ~ December 13
Inviting suppliers potentially interested in participating in an innovation procurement related to a patient communications hub (patient communications, phone, internet, entertainment, access to hospital services, and access to educational/clinical content) to participate in an information/education session on the anticipated competitive dialogue process.

Ontario-Jiangsu Industrial Research and Development Program [NEW - 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.


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 ScienceCanada Business OntarioInvest in OntarioCommercialization Programs and Funding from MaRSSoshent; and Strategic Innovation Fund

Electronic Provider Services ("EPS") - Health Services Management Solution [Negotiated RFP]
Workplace Safety and Insurance Board ~ November 20
Invitation for proposals to provision an externally managed and hosted Health Services Management Solution as part of WSIB's Electronic Provider Services Program. The latter aims to replace the current billing and approval system with externally managed and hosted services. 

Patient Movement & Flow System [RFP]
Grey Bruce Health Services ~ November 21
Seeking proposals for a system to optimize patient movement and flow within Grey Bruce Health Services. "The system will allow for the sharing of information and guidance through transparent transactions for improvement in patient flow and patient satisfaction. This will ensure patient access to core services, including emergency, surgical, medical and obstetrical care."

IPPH Planning and Dissemination Grants – Institute/Initiative Community Support [Planning and dissemination grant, including artificial intelligence for population health focus]
Institute for Population and Public Health, Canadian Institutes of Health Research ~ November 22
Up to $20,000 for one-year grants to support planning and/or dissemination activities relevant to artificial intelligence for population health, with sufficient funding available to support approximately 10 grants. The intent is to fund planning activities/events that enable the development of partnerships, teams and/or grant applications for research projects in this area that could subsequently be funded by CIHR or other funders. (Note: the other theme area for this competition is building healthy cities).

Outreach, Education and Feedback – Mandatory Reporting for Institutions related to identification and reporting of serious adverse drug reactions and medical device incidents [RFP]
Health Canada ~ November 22
Seeking contractor to assist with development and implementation of an educational approach and content to support healthcare professionals and healthcare institutions in the identification and reporting of serious adverse drug reactions and medical device incidents.

Youth Delegate to the 71st World Health Assembly [Travel Grant; Canadians aged 18-30]
Government of Canada ~ November 24
Canadians aged 18-30 are invited to apply to attend the 71st World Health Assembly, held in Geneva May 21st and May 26th, 2018, as part of the Canadian delegation. This annual meeting convenes health ministers and health representatives from the 194 World Health Organization (WHO) member states.

OR Integration System RFP SMH 1919-000 [RFP]
Providence St. Joseph's and St. Michael's Hospital Health Care ~ November 28
Seeking proposals for state-of-the art integrated technology that will be installed in the new eight (8) MIS suites of PCT compatible with operating room lights and booms that have already been contracted. 

Surgical Microscopes/Exoscopes RPS-1415 [RFP]
Hamilton Health Sciences ~ November 28
Seeking to replace two existing microscopes with new microscope/exoscope technology.

EXTRA Executive Training Program 2018-19 Cohort [Fellowship]
Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement ~ November 28 (optional webinar); February 14, 2018 (application)
Fellowship to support health care leaders in tackling health system challenges through an improvement project, while building organizational capacity and readiness to implement and system transformative improvements.

Investing in Primary and Secondary Prevention: Developing Canada’s Health Economic Forecasting Capacity [Research grant]
Canadian Institutes of Health Research in partnership with the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation ~ November 28
Funding of up to $265,000 over one year for development of "frameworks and tools that can support the economic analysis ofinvestments in primary and secondary health prevention, identify the scientific and policy challenges that must be addressed if the costs of such investments are to be amortized over time, and outline the changes required to accounting regulations that would allow the costs of primary and secondary prevention and early intervention services and programs to be amortized." Includes at least 3 simulations of the analytical framework in action.

Genomic Applications Partnership Program [R&D]
Genome Canada ~ November 13 (draft EOI); January 18 (final)
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. 

Point of Care Ultrasound Devices [RFP]
HealthPRO Procurement Services ~ November 14
Tender (CE04720) for point-of-care ultrasound devices issued on behalf of the Government of Nova Scotia.

NextAI Accelerator Program [Accelerator]
NextCanada ~ November 12 (individuals); December 3 (teams)
Capital, technical and business education, as well as access to cutting-edge AI tools, for early or idea-stage Toronto-based start-ups who are commercializing artificial intelligence research. Includes $50,000 in initial support, with top-performing teams qualifying for an additional $150,000.

Innoweave Impact Accelerator [Accelerator for social innovators]
Innoweave ~ November 15th (expression of interest for funding support for coaching)
Session on October 2nd is a mini-workshop to help social innovators clarify the impact they aim to achieve. To continue their work, organizations may then apply for additional support.

Redevelopment of the In Good Hands Website [RFP]
Thunder Bay District Health Unit ~ November 23
Seeking proposals to redevelop the In Good Hands website, which is the Health Unit's online food safety training course.

Health Technology Assessment International Conference Travel Grants [Travel Grant]
Health Technology Assessment International ~ November 24
Support to enable health technology assessment (HTA) stakeholders - such as residents of low or middle-income countries, patients or caregivers, and full-time students - who would otherwise not be able to participate in the organization's Annual Meeting on June 1-5, 2018 in Vancouver to take part.

Autonomous Mobile Robot System (RPS# 1522) [Advanced Contract Award Notice]
Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation ~ November 24
Opportunity to submit statements of capabilities to provide specified goods or services. Intention is to establish an "Autonomous Mobile Robot system for Hamilton Health Sciences, beginning with Laboratory, Admitting, and Pharmacy applications and then further expanding to include Material Management, Waste Management, Food Services, and other applications." Information provided will be for evaluation purposes only and is not a competitive solicitation.

Proactive Wellness 2017-075 [Negotiated RFP]
Insurance Corporation of BC ~ November 24
Soliciting proposals with a view to select a primary service provider to provide confidential clinics to ICBC employees that aim to encourage flu vaccination and preventive health screening. The program's objectives are to "increase employee participation of the on-site health screening and/or flu clinics, educate employees on general health prevention strategies; increase early identification of health risks, and decrease productivity losses and lost work days associated as a result of the flu."

IT Leadership and Improvement Services [RFP]
St. Joseph's Health Care Society ~ November 27
In collaboration with St. Joseph’s - Hospice of London and St. Joseph’s Hospice of Sarnia Lambton, St. Joseph's Health Care Society is seeking support to implement "identified IT improvement strategies to create efficiency, increase effectiveness, enhanced information sharing, and consistency between hospices into an integrated IT system."

Co-Development of an Oncology Information System [Advanced Contract Award Notice]
University Health Network ~ November 27
Providing notice of an intention to award a collaboration agreement for co-development of an oncology information system, as well as the opportunity to demonstrate through a statement of capabilities the ability to satisfy the requirements. 

Canada – Brazil Collaborative Industrial Research & Development Program 2017 Pilot Call for Proposals focused on developing diagnostic technologies for human health [R&D grant]
Governments of Canada and Brazil ~ November 27
Invitation to Canadian SMEs and eligible Brazilian partners to present joint proposals to foster innovation and technology commercialization related to the development of diagnostic technologies for human health. Canadian companies are eligible for up to $600,000.

Cystic Fibrosis Targeted Research Program [Research grant]
Cystic Fibrosis Canada ~ November 30
Two-year research grants for up to $100,000 per year. Focus areas: (1) screening, monitoring, and management of cystic fibrosis-related diabetes including development of more efficient and patient-friendly screening tools and development or adaptation of new less invasive therapies to treat the condition and (2) gastrointestinal symptomatology including development of a validated tool to reliably quantify gastrointestinal pain and symptoms.

Network of Centres of Excellence Competition [NCE grant]
Networks of Centres of Excellence ~ November 2017 for Letter of Intent; July 2018 for Full Applications
Existing and proposed new networks can apply for multi-year funding support. The competition's total budget is $75M over 5 years, with about 40% allocated for new networks. Successful networks will receive funding as of 2018-19.

Seniors Community Grant Program [Grant]
Ministry of Seniors Affairs ~ November 30
Up to $100,000 to enable incorporated organizations to plan, implement or evaluate projects that build and sustain local, provincial and regional capacity for healthy aging. 

RFI for EMR Solutions for Mental Wellness and Substance Use Branch [RFI]
Government of Yukon ~ November 30
Seeking to inform decisions regarding provision of an electronic medical record (EMR)/electronic health record (EHR) solution for Yukon's Mental Wellness and Substance Use branch. "Yukon HSS is seeking information from potential suppliers of EMR systems that have a mental wellness focus and can demonstrate a level of clinical and administration functionality, derived by all our key mental wellness providers, that will ensure meaningful use and an alignment with wider Yukon HSS eHealth strategies."

Researcher-Clinician Partnership Program 2017 Call for Innovations [Grants]
Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation ~ November 30 for Expressions of Interest
Teams of at least one researcher and one clinician working jointly on study design, trial implementation, data collection, analysis and reporting can apply for up to $500,000. Projects must start by June 2018 and cannot exceed 15 months. The intent is to support evaluation of innovative solutions in real-world seniors’ care settings. Priority themes: aging in place, caregiver support, care coordination and navigation, and cognitive health.

Synapse Life Science Competition [Pitch Competition]
Synapse Life Science Consortium ~ December 1
Pitch competition with over $50,000 in prizes for teams that pair up life science innovators with business and entrepreneurship students.

Rapid Response Canada 2018: Parkinson's and Related Diseases [Research Grants]
Weston Brain Institute ~ December 4
Up to $200,000 per project over up to 18 months of seed funding to catalyze novel, high-risk, high-reward translational research. The focus is on accelerating development of therapeutics and/or tools for neurodegenerative diseases of aging, as defined by the Institute.

Transformational Research: Canada 2018 Program [Translational research grant]
Weston Brain Institute ~ December 7
Seeking translational research proposals (maximum of $1,500,000 over up to 3 years per project) to accelerate development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging. Scope includes tools that speed development of therapeutics, e.g., imaging techniques or reagents, biomarkers, and diagnostics. 

Long-Term Cardiac Monitoring RFP [RFP]
Hamilton Health Sciences ~ December 8
Seeking proposals related to technology for long-term cardiac monitoring, which can monitor for at least 72 hours and meet Hamilton Health Science's clinical needs. Also interested in proponents that can offer integration/interface cost with Meditech as a value-add.

College and Community Innovation Program – College and Community Social Innovation Fund [Innovation Research Project Grants]
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada in collaboration with the Social Sciences Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) ~ December 8
Grants support colleges to partner with local community organizations on social innovation research projects. These grants intend to "facilitate collaborative social innovation research that brings together researchers, students and partners to address research challenges in social innovation, leading to solutions addressing a Canadian community need." Up to $120,000 per year for up to 2 years. Partner organization(s) may be Canadian or international organizations from the public, private and/or not-for-profit sectors.

Digital Disruption Amethyst Award [Ontario Public Service Award.] 
Government of Ontario ~ December 8
Ontario Public Service award that "celebrates a product or service – and the team that developed the product or service – that uses digital technology to introduce new concepts and practices, overcome internal process barriers, and improve policy-making or service delivery."

EMHSeed [Seed funding for innovative research partnerships] 
University of Toronto ~ December 8
Up to $60,000 per year for 2 years to seed collaborative projects that bring together co-Princial Investigators from Engineering and from Medicine/Hospital. Seeking high-impact projects that will enable innovative tools to advance the health sciences.

2018 CADTH Symposium Travel Award Program [Travel Grants for students and patient group representatives]
Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health ~ December 8
Eligible students and patient representatives who wish to attend the 2018 CADTH Symposium can apply for up to $2,000 to offset registration, travel, food, accommodation, and other attendance-related expenses.

Dedicated Programming Support Round XI [Advanced Research Computing]
SHARCNet ~ December 10
Opportunity to obtain programming support for computational projects "of exceptional potential that will have lasting impact and value, that require high performance and advanced computing resources and significant programming support from SHARCNET to proceed." Priority given to proposals that leverage the capabilities of the new GP3 system, "Graham", especially GPUs and FPGAs and/or that deal with  efficient processing of large, heterogeneous datasets ("big data").

Cancer Innovation Grants [Innovation Grants]
Canadian Cancer Society in partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research-Institute of Cancer Research ~ December 15 for abstract registration
Up to 30 grants of up to $100,000 per year to support innovative, creative problem solving in cancer research.

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.

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. 

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." 

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.

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.

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.

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.

SPOR Network in Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovation (PIHCI) – Knowledge Synthesis [Pre-announcement of Knowledge Synthesis Grants]
Canadian Institutes of Health Research ~ February 2018 (expected)
Potential call for cross-jurisdictional knowledge synthesis projects of up to 12 months, with "high potential to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, scalability and/or policy and program impact of primary and integrated health care innovations." Maximum funding of $25,000.


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 ~ 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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