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 2018/07/12)
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.
Survey-Based Patient Activation Measure Digital Health Solution [NEW - ACAN]
Ontario Telemedicine Network ~ July 20
Intention to award a 5-year contract with the possibility of a 2-year extension for “a validated survey-based patient activation measure digital health solution that provides customization of care based on screening results, and enabled by clinician and patient-directed platforms.”
ElevateR Pitch [NEW - Pitch Competition]
Elevate ~ July 31
Artificial intelligence start-ups can apply to participate in a pitch competition, with finalists pitching live at Elevate in Toronto in September 2018.
Electrophysiology Recording System [NEW - RFP]
Plexxus ~ August 6
Professional Telepharmacy Services 2018[NEW - REOI]
Mohawk Medbuy for Ontario and New Brunswick ~ August 7
Request for expressions of interest to identify all vendors in the Canadian marketplace in a position to provide Mohawk Medbuy Members with professional telepharmacy services in Ontario and New Brunswick. Note: “Hospitals operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, but some Member pharmacies are closed overnight and require a pharmacist for clinical and distribution services. Accreditation Canada and some Provincial Pharmacy Colleges have requested that Hospital Pharmacies have a system to safely dispense medications when the Pharmacy is closed. This includes the ability to review prescriptions obtained afterhours ensuring accuracy and therapeutic appropriateness prior to release to patient care areas. Clinical teams can have access to an on-call pharmacist or pharmacy services provided by another organization.”
Digital Multi-Purpose Radiography/Fluoroscopy[NEW - RFP]
Niagara Health System ~ August 15
Seeking proposals to supply a multi-purpose fluoroscopy machine for Niagara Health’s Greater Niagara General Site. The device is intended to be used “to perform minimal gastric studies, video fluoroscopic swallowing exams, ERCP, PICC lines, various interventional studies including Nephrostograms, joint injections / aspirations, spinal procedures, verteboplasty, tube insertions, feeding tubes, and digital subtraction angiography.”
Entrepreneurship for Cardiovascular Health Opportunities[NEW - Training Opportunity]
Translational Biology and Engineering Program, Health Innovation Hub, University of Toronto ~ August 24
Entrepreneurship training, mentorship, networking, and funding opportunities for cardiovascular technology innovators. Open to Canadian-based students, researchers and/or entrepreneurs developing advanced cardiovascular technologies and innovations. Potential to win start-up funding from a $250,000 pool, as well as for follow-on funding via program partners.
Science Policy Youth Award of Excellence[NEW - Award]
Canadian Science Policy Centre ~ August 24
Award to recognize a person under the age of 35 who “proposes an innovative and compelling evidence-based policy that will make a positive difference to Canadians.” The winner will receive free admission to the Canadian Science Policy Centre 2018 Conference, two nights accommodation, and an opportunity to present their policy proposal at the conference.
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
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.”
Bedside Patient Experience Solution [RFSQ]
University Health Network ~ July 16
Issuing a request for supplier qualifications to create a pre-qualified supplier list for bedside patient experience solutions, so that UHN can identify suppliers capable of meeting the hospital’s requirements.
Consulting Services to conduct Detailed Data Analysis and Modelling to Support an Integrated Dashboard Project [RFP]
Canadian Partnership Against Cancer ~ July 17
Further to a Master Data Analysis Project to identify requirements to support implementation of an integrated dashboard, CPAC is seeking consulting services to “assist with detailed data analysis and modelling to support the implementation of an integrated dashboard reporting system. The work will focus on collecting the data requirements and developing the approach for the Partnership to collect data and populate dashboard reports to its various internal & external audiences.”
Residential Care Direct Care Monitoring Systems [RFP]
BC Ministry of Health ~ July 18
Inviting proposals “related to the establishment of a monitoring process to track the use of targeted funding to increase worked hours of direct care per resident day in residential care facilities and ensure accountability for the use of this funding. This work relates to implementation of three actions in the Ministry of Health's Residential Care Staffing Review (March 2017), regarding Funding and Staff (#4) and Accountability (#2 and #5).”
Medical Equipment for Groves Memorial Community Hospital [RFP]
EllisDon Corporation (FED Division) ~ July 19
Seeking suppliers for the new (greenfield site) Groves Memorial Community Hospital (“GMCH”), which will be a 45-bed facility that will serve the population of Fergus and Elora, and surrounding communities. Construction will begin in summer 2017 with substantial completion slated for late 2019.
Pre-Admission/Post-Discharge Medication Reconciliation Solution [Request for Innovative Dialogue Proposals]
Southlake Regional Health Centre ~ July 19
Soliciting proposals to provide a Pre-Admission/Post-Discharge Medication Reconciliation Solution, as part of a plan tominimize medication errors and adverse drug events at transitions of care. The intent is to have a “fully automated, formal process to accurately and comprehensively communicate medication history at admission and all medications added, changed or discontinued in the care of a patient.”
Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS)[RFI]
Island Health ~ July 20
Inviting submissions with information that would assist Island Health Medical Imaging in determining the cost and benefit of replacing of the existing PACS.
Digital Radiography Room and Digital Mobile Unit [RFP]
Service New Brunswick - Health Services ~ July 20
Request for proposals to supply a digital radiography room and a digital mobile unit in Saint John, New Brunswick.
Privacy Consultant – Patient Portal [RFP]
Island Health ~ July 25
“The Patient Portal demonstration project requires a Privacy Consultant to aid in completion of the project's privacy deliverables. The consultant will provide services in privacy impact assessment (PIA) writing and evaluation of the Patient Portal solution, its companion identity management solution and the cloud based Cerner Sentinel auditing solution - each of these PIAs will be created and reviewed against legislative, regulatory, cloud industry standards and enterprise risk frameworks, such as the British Columbia Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA), the Canadian Standards Association Model Code for Protection of Personal Information (CSA Model Code) and industry digital cloud solution standards and best practices. The consultant will also provide privacy risk identification and mitigation strategies in collaboration with the Island Health Information Stewardship, Access & Privacy (ISAP) Office.”
Hospital On-Call Scheduling Solution [RFI]
Plexxus for Scarborough and Rouge Hospital ~ July 25
Soliciting information to help the Scarborough and Rouge Hospital to develop a Request for Proposals for an on-call scheduling solution.
Point of Care Testing Middleware Connectivity Solution [RFP]
Alberta Health Services ~ July 26
Inviting proposals to provide a provincial solution for point of care testing (POCT) middleware that provides standards-compliant implementation of multiple POCT testing technologies, offers “a streamlined robust technical Solution and an implementation strategy that addresses the needs of AHS hospitals/health centres/clinics/EMS within urban/regional/rural areas of the province,” a communication strategy that fits with the AHS environment, a solution that enables remote review and oversight by Laboratory Services, and other features as described in the RFP.
HIAL PLIS Services [Negotiated RFP]
British Columbia Ministry of Health ~ July 27
Inviting suppliers to propose a solution that includes: (1) a Health Information Access Layer (HIAL) application that “enables seamless, secure and timely sharing of health information and applications regardless of location”, (2) a Provincial Laboratory Information Solution (PLIS) that “provides consolidated diagnostic laboratory test results to authorized caregivers in BC”, and (3) “the full environment, networks and facilities within which they function, along with Third Party Software.”
Pharmacy Compounding Training and Compliance Software [RFP]
Shared Services West ~ July 28
Aiming to procure “personnel training, quality assurance and compliance management software solution that meets or exceeds United States Pharmacopeia (USP) compounding standards and National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) Model Standards for Pharmacy Compounding of Non-Hazardous & Hazardous Sterile & Non-Sterile Preparations.
Bench to Bedside Transition of Innovative Cancer Biotherapeutics [Call for Expressions of Interest]
Biotherapeutics for Cancer Treatment Network ~ July 31
Investigators at Canadian institutions eligible to receive peer-reviewed funding from CIHR, SSHRC, or NSERC are invited to propose a team and research to inform the research program strategic plan that will be brought forward in the Network’s Cycle II application to the NCE in June 2019.
Patient Monitoring Solution RFP - Standard and MRI Compatible Monitoring Devices [RFP]
Plexxus for University Health Network ~ July 31
Seeking suppliers of patient monitoring solutions, including standard and MRI-compatible devices.
Surgical Waitlist Management and Scheduling Solution and Services [Notice of Expected RFP]
BC Clinical and Support Services Society ~ Expected to be issued in August
Notice of anticipated RFP for a surgical waitlist management and scheduling solution that would “facilitate improvements to timely access to appropriate surgical procedures as well as optimal and proactive management of surgical waitlists by enabling more efficient collaboration between surgeon's offices and surgical facilities in patient scheduling and in the coordination of each patient's surgical journey.
Rapid Response: Canada 2019 [Seed Funding for Research]
Weston Brain Institute ~ August 1 for Letter of Intent; November 12 for full
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.”
Diagnostic Imaging Equipment [RFP]
St. Joseph's Health System GPO - CAPsource ~ August 1
Seeking to procure CT scanners, digital radiography, digital mammography, and other diagnostic imaging equipment for various sites. Note: mandatory site visits in June/July as part of the procurement process.
Coagulation Analyzers [RFP]
Hospital for Sick Children ~ August 6
On or prior to March 31, 2019, seeking to procure 2 coagulation analyzers, as well as associated support and maintenance services.
Neurosurgery Ultrasound System [RFP]
Hospital for Sick Children ~ August 6
Seeking a neurosurgery ultrasound system, as well as associated support and maintenance services.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Computed Tomography [RFP]
Saskatchewan Health Authority, with the Ministry of Health~ August 8
Invitation to provide proposals related to the supply of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Computed Tomography (CT) services.
Patient Communications Hub [Request for Innovative Dialogue Proposals]
Southlake Regional Health Centre ~ August 8
Soliciting proposals to provide an interactive patient communications hub for Southlake. The intent is to support functions such as on-demand patient education, communication with the health care team, and access to entertainment. “As these systems will continually evolve, Southlake is committed to seeking a broad based, blue sky solution that will allow for maximum opportunity for patients and staff and functionality not yet even conceived of. No external funding is or will be available to procure a Patient Communication Hub; additionally, no Southlake capital funding has been approved.”
Patient Monitors [RFP]
Transform Health Shared Services Organization on behalf of Windsor Regional Hospital ~ August 10
Inviting proposals to supply patient monitors for Windsor Regional Hospital’s Metropolitan Campus.
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.
Sensor Technologies to Monitor Inflammation in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases [RFP]
Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation (US) ~ September 7
Seeking to support development of sensor technologies to detect and monitor inflammation in the context of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), with a focus on technologies with the potential to reach clinical studies within the next 3-4 years. Two awards of up to $125,000 USD for up to 2 years. US and international researchers are encouraged to apply.
Provincial Procurement of Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs), Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Devices (CRTs), Leads and Associated Products and Solutions [RFP - Innovation Procurement]
Plexxus ~ September 12
Soliciting interest in providing “ICDs, CRT devices, leads, associated technologies, (e.g. programmers, remote monitoring), solutions and associated consumable or ancillary products. This RFP is seeking to award Primary Vendor status to one or more Proponents, on a Purchaser by Purchaser basis, that cannot only provide high quality products that meet the long-term needs of Purchasers and their respective patients, but also a partner that that has the ability and foresight to address patient care challenges over the life of a resulting contract. The intended Primary Vendor award will be a 50% commitment for both devices and the associated leads.”
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.
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.
- Value-Based Procurement Mythbusters (en français)
Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
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.
- OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT: Availability and Access to Non-Pharmacological Treatment of Chronic Non-Cancer Pain in Canada
CADTH ~ July 18
- OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT: Internet-delivered, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Major Depressive Disorder and Anxiety Disorders
CADTH ~ July 23
- OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT: Telehealth Standard - Public Review
Health Standards Organization ~ July 30
- OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT: Proposed Regulations Amending the Food and Drug Regulations (Serious Adverse Drug Reaction Reporting — Hospitals)
Government of Canada
- OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT: National Consultation on $275-million Tri-Council Research Fund
Government of Canada
- SUMMARIES WITH CRITICAL APPRAISAL: Internet-based Brief Interventions for Substance Misuse in Youth and Young Adults; e-Therapy Interventions for the Treatments of Substance Use Disorders and Other Addictions; e-Therapy Interventions for the Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
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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