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 2019/03/21)

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. 

Physician Order Scanning System [NEW - RFP]
Plexxus ~ April 8
Inviting proposals for a physician order scanning system.

Blood Gas Analyzers [NEW - RFP]
Plexxus ~ April 8
Tender for blood gas analyzers.

Provincial Drug Infusion Delivery Systems [NEW - RFI]
Winnipeg Regional Health Authority on behalf of of Shared Health (SH), Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA), Prairie Mountain Health (PMH), Interlake Eastern Regional Health Authority (IERHA), Southern Health-Santé Sud (SHSS), and Northern Regional Health Authority (NRHA) ~ April 12
Requesting information about Drug Infusion Delivery Systems “which will include Large Volume Infusion, Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA), Syringe, Epidural and Ambulatory Pumps (the “Equipment”) as well as proprietary sets, extension sets,  gravity sets and IV solutions (the “Consumables) and associated services.”

Professional Services to Provide Provincial Print Management [NEW - RFP]
Winnipeg Regional Health Authority ~ April 22
Seeking a supplier “who will lead the purchasers in their efforts to reduce the number of print devices and print volume.  This provider will provide oversight and management of the full print management solution, including sourcing hardware, across the provincial landscape, including the print shops.”

Provision of Emergency Medical Advice and Telemedicine Support for Canadian Coast Guard [NEW - RFP]
Fisheries and Oceans Canada ~ April 23
Aiming to procure the “services of a company that can supply an Emergency Medical Information / Advice support system for the use of Health Officers on board CCG vessels in extremely remote areas (Arctic, international waters etc.)” Intent to be able to obtain medical advice to support Health Officers (nurses) on board Coast Guard ships in remote locations by phone and/or internet.

Digital Mammography System [NEW - RFP]
West GTA Healthcare Shared Services Corporation ~ April 26
Seeking proposals to supply a digital mammography system.

Digital Workplace - Paper Lite Strategy [NEW - RFP]
Hospital for Sick Children ~ April 29
Inviting proposals that will enable the hospital to “engage expert consulting services in helping the Hospital in developing a strategy towards a paper-lite future with the implementation of the Enterprise Content Management Strategy.  Please note the scope of this enterprise content management will be limited to Corporate Services only.  Clinical Services are not in scope for this initiative.”

Fundica Roadshow Pitch Competition [NEW - Pitch Competition]
Fundica Roadshow ~ May 5
Opportunity to apply to pitch at sessions in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver for early-stage, Canadian startups with a technological component and an expected revenue growth of more than 50%.

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 

Pharmacy Drug Information Services [REOI]
Mohawk Medbuy ~ March 25
Inviting expressions of interest from vendors in the Canadian marketplace who can provide Mohawk Medbuy Members with Pharmacy Drug Information Services. “Pharmacy Drug Information Services are resources usually staffed by licensed pharmacists and pharmacy technicians skilled in the provision of drug information. Drug information services also have access to drug information databases, medical literature databases and a wide range of drug and disease-relevant information for practitioners. Drug information services can be accessed by any healthcare providers at a hospital that has a membership with the service.”

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

Emerging physician innovator grant  [Innovation Grant]
Joule ~ March 28
Access to care (2 grants: $100,000 and $20,000), health care solution (2 grants: $40,000 and $20,000), and emerging physician innovator grants (4 grants of $5000 each). 

Automated Staff Scheduling System [RFI]
Thunder Bay Regional Health Science Centre ~ March 29
Gathering information about “automated staffing software systems to improve scheduling and staff call out efficiencies” to assist in determining future purchasing options or requirements.

Hacking Health in the Community [Hackathon]
Hacking Health Toronto ~ Takes Place Mar 29-31
3-day hackathon at MaRS Discovery District. “Big Data, AI, Machine Learning, Connected Health & Aging… all topics and tech tools are on the table as we hack the issues facing healthcare in the community.” Cash and in-kind service prizes.

2019 ONtrepreneurs Competition [NEW - Grants, Training, Mentorship]
Ontario Brain Institute ~ April 1
Up to 10 awards of $50,000 each for Ontario-based early-stage neurotech entrepreneurs, with preference given to applicants who are less than 5 years from their last post-graduate fellowship. In addition to the monetary award, the program offers training opportunities and mentorship. Funding will be released to entrepreneurs via an academic/research institute.

Flow Cytometry Analyzer and Consumables [RFP]
Hamilton Health Sciences ~ April 1

Selection of Service Provider for Electronic Health Record (EHR) [RFP]
Centennial College Centre for Accessible Learning and Counselling Services ~ April 1
Aiming to procure an electronic health record solution that addresses the Centre’s needs.

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.”

Idea to Innovation (I2I) Grants [Research Grants]
NSERC ~ April 1
Cost-shared grants available to “accelerate the pre-competitive development of promising technology originating from the university and college sector and promote its transfer to a new or established Canadian company. The I2I Grants provide funding to college and university faculty members to support research and development projects with recognized technology transfer potential.”

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

Nurse Call System 2019 Saskatchewan Wide [RFP]
Saskatchewan Health Authority ~ April 4
Seeking to procure a nurse call system for Saskatchewan health care facilities.  

Physician Order Scanning System [RFP]
Plexus ~ April 8
Seeking a digital solution to support physician order scanning.

Polysomnography Systems [RFP]
HMMS on behalf of the Pulmonary Function Lab ~ April 8
Aiming to “establish a long term partnership with a preferred Proponent(s) for the supply of a Body Plethysmography System to perform functional residual capacity testing using the Body Plethysmography method for use in our lab, replacing our current unit that no longer functions.”

Internet Delivered Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (iCBT) Solution [RFP]
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health ~ April 10
Inviting proposals for a technology solution for therapist-assisted internet-delivered cognitive behaviour therapy (iCBT). “The iCBT solution needs to include assessment options to determine the most appropriate form of iCBT services to deliver. iCBT services need to be diagnosis-specific including but not limited to depression, anxiety disorders, PTSD, insomnia, and return to work focused CBT.”

Identity, Access & Consent as a Service (IACaaS) [RFP]
Canada Health Infoway ~ April 12
Inviting proposals to supply “technology and services related to Identity, Access and Consent, for Infoway’s ACCESS Gateway, a service that enables data sharing and the delivery of digital health services to Canadians.The ACCESS Gateway procurement plan will provision a series of technology and services aligned to ACCESS Gateway’s delivery schedule over approximately the next two years. This RFP is the first in a series to support the Gateway plan.” 

CT Scanner Replacement [RFP]
Hospital for Sick Children ~ April 15
Intention to procure a replacement CT scanner that “must be able to sustain an expanded pediatric cardiac imaging program in addition to fulfilling all current and future needs in neuroradiology and body imaging.” The RFP scope includes “removal of the existing equipment, purchase and installation of the new scanner, acceptance (clinical, regulatory, physics) and comprehensive user training (technologist, physicist, radiologist).”

Information, Communication and Automation Technology (ICAT) Design Report [RFP]
Niagara Health System ~ April 16
Aiming to procure “ICAT planning services to create an ICAT Design Report that will guide the ICAT planning, design, implementation, and operations for the new hospital. The ICAT Design Report will develop an ICAT Design Vision and Principles and be part of NH’s overall Design Program.  The ICAT Design Report should align with the NH’s ICT Strategic Plan, the Project’s Design Vision, and should guide the development of the ICAT requirement into the contract documents (Project Specific Output Specification (PSOS)).  The ICAT Design Report should also develop a clear performance plan with metrics/indicators to measure the performance of the ICAT design at every stage, including a return-on-investment.”

Data and Analytics Consulting [RFP]
Workplace Safety and Insurance Board ~ April 16
Inviting proposals for “the provision of data and analytical consulting services to support the WSIB in the following areas: highlighting emerging analytical trends; bringing insights to new analytical methods and tolls; advising on data governance; and other potential new offerings such as artificial intelligence.”

Managed Equipment Service (MES) Provider and Strategic Performance Collaboration (SPC) [RFS]
Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation ~ April 18
Inviting proposed solutions to serve as a Managed Equipment Service (“MES”) Provider and Strategic Performance Collaboration (“SPC”).

South East Hospital Cluster Hospital Information System (HIS) [RFP]
Shared Support Servicesfor Brockville General Hospital, Kingston Health Sciences Centre, Lennox & Addington County General Hospital, Perth & Smiths Falls District Hospital, Providence Care Centre and Quinte Healthcare Corporation ~ April 25
Seeking an HIS solution that will “facilitate the provision of quality patient care in the south east region,” including the six participating hospitals.


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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