Looking for resources to support your great idea for improving health and healthcare? This page lists a range of opportunities available to Ontario innovators and innovation champions, as well as recently published information and thinking related to health innovation. We focus on health technology, including digital health solutions, innovative medical devices, and more. Follow @3iOntario or subscribe to our email digest for the regular updates issued as part of our role as a Health Innovation Broker providing services supported by the Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist

New Opportunities (Updated 2019/01/18)

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. 

Real-Time Tissue Imaging System [NEW - RFP]
University of Toronto – St. George Campus ~ January 24
Seeking an integrated real-time tissue imaging system and associated user training for the Centre for Research and Applications in Fluidic Technologies (CRAFT). “Specifically, the real-time tissue imaging system will be utilized image, in real time, cells and tissues inside an incubator and provide real-time and on-demand data analysis.”

Infant Body Composition Tracking System [NEW - RFP]
University of British Columbia ~ January 24
Department of Surgery inviting proposals to supply an infant Body Composition Tracking System using air displacement plethysmography technology to support the Childhood Diabetes Laboratories at the BC Children's Hospital.

Medical Air System Supply, Installation & Services [NEW - RFP]
Plexxus ~ January 24 

Data Governance Implementation Advisor [NEW - RFP]
Hamilton Health Sciences Centre ~ January 26
Inviting proposals for data governance implementation advisor services.

SDS (Safety Data Sheets) Web Based Solution[NEW - RFP]
Shared Services West on behalf of Trillium Health Partners, Halton Healthcare, Headwaters Health Care Centre, Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, West Park Healthcare Centre, and Haldimand War Memorial Hospital ~ February 11
Aiming to identify a safety data sheet management solution that will enable data management, web hosting and archive data.

FACIT Falcons' Fortunes 2019 [NEW - Pitch Competition for oncology-related research]
Ontario Institute of Cancer Research ~ April 4
$50,000 Ernsting Entrepreneurship Award invested in the most promising oncology research idea identified via the pitch competition.

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 

Opioid Data Challenge [Data Challenge]
MaRS in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada and Statistics Canada ~ January 23
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.”

Nurse Call System [RFP]
Pembroke Regional Hospital ~ January 21
Requesting proposals for the supply of a nurse call system for the hospital for 3 years, with a 24 month option.

Pharmacy Automation Equipment [RFP with Consecutive Negotiation]
St. Joseph's Health System GPO - CAPsource ~ Pre-bid vendor conference on January 22
Opportunity to take part in a pre-bid vendor conference for this future procurement.

Deep Brain Stimulation Therapy, Spinal Cord Stimulation Therapy, Intrathecal Drug Delivery Therapy, Vagal Nerve Stimulation Therapy,Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation Therapy [RFP]
HealthPro ~ January 23
Seeking services as outlined above for the period of June 1st, 2019 to May 31st, 2022 plus 4 additional 1 year options.

Heart Lung Machine [RFP]
Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario ~ January 23
Inviting bids to provide the hospital with a heart-lung machine (cardiopulmonary bypass device).

Digital Wayfinding Solution [RFP]
Plexxus for Royal Victoria Hospital ~ January 25
Technology partner to provide a way-finding solution, beginning with a mobile app, that will help the hospital to improve the patient/visitor experience and reduce the need for hospital staff and volunteers to assist patients and visitors in finding the way to their desired location.

Nurse Call System, including Equipment, Support, Implementation Services [RFQ]
Winnipeg Regional Health Authority ~ January 28
Inviting submission of non-binding quotes for a nurse call system, including equipment, support, and implementation services (South Wing - A6).

Diagnostic Imaging & Cardiology [RFP]
TransForm Shared Health Services Organization ~ January 31
Opportunity to submit proposals for “supply and implementation of Digital Mammography (with Tomographic capabilities), General Ultrasound, Cardiac Ultrasound, and Bone Mineral Density.”

Replacement of Nurse Call System, Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care [RFP]
HMMS for Facilities Management, St. Joseph’s Health Care London ~ January 31
Seeking to establish “a partnership with a preferred Proponent(s) for the Replacement of the Nurse Call System at Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care.” 

Active and Assistive Living Call Challenge 2019 for ICT-Based Solutions [Pre-announcement]
Active & Assisted Living Programme that was approved in May 2014 by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union ~ Call anticipated in February 2019 

Drug Checking Technology Challenge [Innovation Challenge]
Impact Canada and Health Canada ~ February 1
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.”

National Awards Program [Call for Nominations]
Canadian College of Health Leaders ~ Varies, February 1 for some awards
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. 

Integrated Patient Monitoring Upgrade [RFP]
West Haldimand General Hospital ~ February 2
Aiming to procure an integrated patient monitoring upgrade for the hospital.

Pilot Project Grant [Grant]
Parkinsons Canada ~ February 4
Up to $50,000 for a one-year term “to foster novel, high-potential projects and ideas with a trajectory for major grants with larger granting institutions.” Note: “The Parkinson Canada Research Program funds research into the cure, cause, progression, improved treatment and/or understanding of Parkinson's disease, related disorders including Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), other Parkinson's conditions and the impact these diseases have on society.”

Transitions in Care – Evaluation Grants [Research Grants]
Canadian Institutes of Health Research in partnership with the Rossy Foundation ~ February 5
Grants of $100,000 per year for up to 2 years to support “the rigorous evaluation of implemented activities such as interventions, tools, practices, policies, technologies, programs and/or other solutions that address transitions in care challenge.” Themes for this competition are: across life’s trajectories, changing health status or care, and key populations to optimize transition outcomes. There is a specific funding pool for projects relevant to on-campus post-secondary mental health services.

Integrated System for Cardio-Pulmonary Diagnostic & Sleep Lab Services [RFI]
Hopital Montfort ~ February 6
Seeking information about the potential for an “integrated system for cardio-pulmonary diagnostic and sleep laboratory tests in order to assist in the determination of future purchasing options or requirements.”

Integrated Website and Client Portal Development [RFP]
Service Coordination for People with Developmental Disabilities ~ February 11
Inviting proposals to redevelop the Service’s website “to encompass a client portal functionality that integrates seamlessly with its current applications.”

EXTRA: Executive Training Program [Team Fellowship with Healthcare Improvement Focus]
Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement ~ February 12
Team-based fellowship in quality improvement and leadership, which partners teams from across Canada with internationally-recognized experts, faculty, and coaches to address real-life health system challenges.

2018 research innovation competition [Research Grants]
Canadian National Transplant Research Program ~ February 13
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.

Call on Diagnostics and Surveillance 2019 [AMR Research Project Call]
JPIAMR ~ February 18 for pre-proposals
Funding“joint transnational research projects addressing the development of diagnostic and surveillance tools, technologies and methods to detect antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Projects should address the diagnosis of AMR infections in clinical and veterinary settings, or the surveillance of AMR in humans, animals and the environment.” Project should either “develop strategies, tools, technologies, and methods for the detection, monitoring, profiling and/or surveillance of antimicrobial resistance and dynamics leading to resistance OR study ways to facilitate and implement the uptake and use of existing strategies, tools, technologies, and/or methods for the detection, monitoring, profiling and surveillance of antimicrobial resistance and dynamics leading to resistance.”

Weston Brain Institute: Rapid Response - Canada 2019 (Alzheimer’s and Related Diseases) [Seed Funding]
Weston Brain Institute ~ March 28
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.

Outpatient Rehabilitation Services (Hip and Knee Bundled Care)[Procurement]
Plexxus ~ March 28

Health System Impact Fellowship [Fellowship]
Canadian Institutes of Health Research's Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR) in partnership with the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH), the Institute of Gender and Health (IGH), the Institute of Infection and Immunity (III), the Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes (INMD), the Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (INMHA), the Institute of Population and Public Health (IPPH) and the CIHR Science Policy Branch and in partnership with the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR), Fonds de recherche du Québec –Santé (FRQS) and Mitacs ~ April 2
Opportunity for doctoral trainees and post-doctoral fellows studying health services and policy research or related fields “a unique opportunity to apply their research and analytic talents to critical challenges in health care that are being addressed by health system and related organizations (e.g., public, private for-profit, not-for-profit, and Indigenous health organizations that are not universities) outside of the traditional scholarly setting, and to also develop professional experience, new skills, and networks.”

Innovation Program [Review of Innovative Program or Service to Establish Contract]
Mohawk Medbuy ~ on-going
Opportunity to have innovative programs or services reviewed by Mohawk Medbuy. Note that to qualify, the product must be used in clinical patient care, have Health Canada approval if applicable, be new since the last Mohawk Medbuy competitive bid for that product category or represent an improvement over existing technology within the product category, and demonstrate a measurable, incremental benefit to patient care or the safety of patients/health care workers. The review process may lead to a new contract.


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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