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. Tectonic’s has taken on a role previously held by the Health Innovation Broker of providing support to what was originally called the “Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist“. Follow @tectoniconline and subscribe to our email digest for regular information updates.





These opportunities have been posted since the last weekly Tectonic 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 @TectonicOnline #3iOntario


Grant    Cancer Research Society Scholarships for the Next Generation of Scientists: 2020 Competition

Part 1: Postdoctoral Salary Award – 1-1.5 years – $50,000; Part 2: Operating Grant – 2 years – $150,000 ($75,000/year).

NEW Application deadline: MAY 22, 2020, 11:59 pm (EDT)


Award   Call for Nominations for the 2020 Taylor Prize

Research & Innovation in the Treatment of Diabetes nominations with a prize of $25,000.

Application deadline: May 1, 2020


Award   Weston Brain Institute International Outstanding Achievement Award 2020

Contributions in translational research in neurodegenerative diseases of aging with a prize of $40,000.

New nominations deadline: June 25, 2020


RFP        TADH-DI-03232020 – Mammography System with Tomosynthesis

Timmins and District Hospital issued RFP.

Closing Date: 2020/05/04 03:00:00 PM EDT


RFP        Project: tender_11823 – Website hosting services for Long Term Care Division

Government of Ontario – Ministry Long-Term Care Portal and Applications issued RFB.

Closing date: 28/04/2020 11:00



Plexxus issued RFP.

Closing date: 29/04/2020 14:00


RFP        Bid #: RPS2198 Male Urology Products

Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation issued RFP.

Closing date: 05/15/2020 12:00:00 PM (ET)


RFP        Bid #:     2021-7-000 NOI # 2021-7-000 – ion Mobility TOF Mass Spectrometry System

The Hospital for Sick Children issued RFP.

Closing date: 04/21/2020 11:59:59 AM (ET)


NPP       Early Market Engagement with Dental Service Providers – Project: tender_12824 – Early Market Engagement with Dental Service Providers

Ontario Shared Services issued NPP.

Closing date: 2020/04/30 05:00:00 PM EDT


RFT         19-012T – Project: tender_12966 – Request for Tenders for Web Analytics Services

Ontario Shared Services issued Request for Tender.

Closing date: 2020/04/21 02:00:00 PM EDT


NPP       Project: tender_12981 2020-13 ColonCancerCheck Clinical Lead

Ontario Shared Services issued NPP.

Closing date: 2020/04/30 05:00:00 PM EDT


Grant    Other: Canadian Council on Animal Care (2020)

Funding recommendations will be made after application review.

Application Deadline: 2020-07-31


Grant    Team Grant: Pediatric concussion CIHR-NIH 2020

Funding opportunity is CA $1,250,000, enough to fund approximately one grant.

Application Deadline: 2020-06-26


Grant    Team Grant: Preparation to Trial: Inflammation for Chronic Conditions

Funding opportunity is $5,250,000, enough to fund approximately seven grants.

Registration Deadline: 2020-04-21

Application Deadline: 2020-05-19


RFQ        TOH-2020-034 – Wound Care Products

Ottawa Hospital issued RFQ.

CLOSING DATE: 2020/04/27 02:00:00 PM EDT


RFP        TOH-2020-002 – Intracoronary Imaging System

Ottawa Hospital issued RFP.

CLOSING DATE: 2020/04/14 02:00:00 PM EDT


RFP        CDAC new governance and separate legal entity (document attached)

Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada issued RFP.

CLOSING DATE: 05.25.2020


RFP        Bid #: RFP 1002.20 Patient Check-In Kiosk System

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) issued RFP.

CLOSING DATE: 04/09/2020 10:00 AM (ET)


RFP        2020-075P – Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System for the Region of Peel

Region of Peel issued RFP.

CLOSING DATE: 2020/04/03 12:00:00 PM EDT


Fellowship: Human Frontier Science Program – Fellowship Program

Two different fellowship programs are available: Long-Term Fellowships (LTF) and Cross-Disciplinary Fellowships (CDF). CIHR has committed a total of $4,904,995 over three fiscal years.

Initiation Deadline: August 2020.

Submission Deadline: August 2020


Operating Grant: Active and Assisted Living Program

Funding opportunity is $353,000 (CAD), enough to fund approximately one (1) grant.

Application Deadline: 2020-05-22


Other: Oral Health and Oral Health Care of Canadians

Funding opportunity is $3,300,000 enough to fund one (1) grant.

Registration Deadline: 2020-05-05; Application Deadline: 2020-06-02


Team Grant: Diabetes Mechanisms and Translational Solutions

Funding opportunity is up to $22,200,000. Letter of Intent (202004DML)

Application Deadline: 2020-04-23;

Full Application (202011DMT) 2020-11-18


Team Grant: Food Security and Climate Change in the Canadian North

Funding opportunity is $3.125 million. Letter of Intent (202008FCN)

Application Deadline: 2020-08-05;

Full Application (202105FCC): 2021-05-20


RFP        Bid #: 1920 84 Temporary Staffing/ Staff Augmentation

The Hospital for Sick Children issued RFP.

CLOSING DATE: 04/09/2020 11:59:59 AM (ET)


RFP        TOH-2020-034 – Wound Care Products

Ottawa Hospital issued RFP.

CLOSING DATE: 2020/04/06 02:00:00 PM EDT


Competition 2020 Horizon Global Platform Competition

Funding opportunity maximum of C$125,000 per year per project.


Grant    Other: Hepatitis C Research

Funding opportunity is $4,500,000 enough to fund one grant.

Application Deadline: 2020-06-10


Grant    Other: JPIAMR 10th Call Network Plus 2020

Funding opportunity is CAD $604,000, enough to fund approximately two Network grants.

Application Deadline: 2020-04-06


Grant    Team Grant: Canada-EU Smart Living Environments – Transitions in Care

Application Deadline: 2020-04-22


Grant    Training Grant: CIHR-NSERC-SSHRC Healthy Cities Research Training Platform

Funding opportunity is $5,100,000.

Application Deadline: 2020-08-27


Grant    Team Grant: Transnational Cardiovascular Research Projects

Funding available for Canadian applications is CAD $600,000, enough to fund approximately two (2) grants.

Application Deadline: 2020-04-02



RFSQ     2020003-RFSQ – Enterprise resource planning system (ERP)

University of Ottawa issued RFP.

CLOSING DATE: 2020/04/03 03:00:00 PM EDT


RFP        Bid #: 2020-01 Budgeting Software Solution

Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital issued RFP.

CLOSING DATE: 04/01/2020 2:00:00 PM (ET)


Grant    Catalyst Grant: Cannabis and Mental Health

Funding opportunity is $1,265,000, enough to fund approximately eleven (11) grants. Registration Deadline: 2020-03-20;

Application Deadline: 2020-04-21


Grant    Catalyst Grant: Health Effects of Vaping

Funding opportunity is $2,700,000, enough to fund approximately 27 grants.

Registration Deadline: 2020-03-25;

Application Deadline: 2020-05-20


Grant    Team Grant: E-Rare-4 Joint Transnational Call

Funding opportunity is up to a maximum of CAD 2,275,000, enough to fund approximately 5 grants. Pre-Proposal to EJP RD

Application Deadline: 2020-02-12;

Full Proposal to EJP RD and Abbreviated Application to CIHR (202006ERT)

Application Deadline: 2020-06-16


Grant    Team Grant: GACD Primary and Secondary Prevention of Cancer

Funding opportunity is $4,000,000, enough to fund approximately 2 grants. Pre-Proposal to CIHR (202002PVC)

Application Deadline: 2020-02-25; Full Proposal to GACD: 2020-04-30


Grant    Team Grant: NEURON (2020)

Funding opportunity available from CIHR and FRQS is $900,000 CAD, enough to fund four (4) grants. Pre-proposal submission to the NEURON Joint Call Secretariat Application Deadline: 2020-03-10; Full-proposal submission to the NEURON Joint Call Secretariat and Abbreviated Application to CIHR (202003NDD)

Application Deadline: 2020-06-22


Grant    Team Grant: Personalized Health

Funding opportunity is $12,000,000, enough to fund at least six (6) grants.

Full Application (202004PHT): Application Deadline: 2020-04-07


Grant    Operating Grant: ECIs in Maternal, Reproductive, Child & Youth Health (2020)

Funding opportunity is $735,000, enough to fund approximately 7 grants. Registration Deadline: 2020-04-07:

Application Deadline: 2020-05-19


Grant    Operating Grant: New Investigator Grants in Child and Youth Health (2020)

Funding opportunity is $1,800,000, enough to fund approximately six (6) grants.

Application Deadline: 2020-04-20


Grant    Team Grant: European Research Projects of Neuroscience (2020)

Funding opportunity available to Canadian researchers from CIHR and FRQS is up to $550,000 CAD, enough to fund up to 3 grants.

Application Deadline: 2020-04-28



Grant    SPOR SUPPORT Unit Phase II – Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR)

The total amount available from CIHR for this funding opportunity is $115,400,412.

Application deadline: 2020-05-04


Grants  CIHR partners with the European Union to fund research in key areas

Call topic: Pre-Clinical Research to Develop Effective Therapies for Rare Diseases

Call topic: Multinational Research Projects on Sensory Disorders

Call topic: Novel Imaging and Brain Stimulation Methods and Technologies Related to Neurodegenerative Diseases

Call topic: Intergenerational Inequalities

Call topic: JPIAMR Network Plus 2020

Call topic: Multinational Research Projects on Ethical, Legal, and Social Aspects (ELSA) of Neuroscience

Call topic: Smart Living Environments for Aging People – Transitions in Care

Call topic: Healthy Ageing with the Support of Digital Solutions


Grant    Canadian Cancer Society Emerging Scholar Award

The CCS Emerging Scholar Award program, aimed at establishing and advancing promising early career scientists and clinician scientists from across Canada with a focused commitment to undertaking cancer research. The current funding envelope for the ESA is $9M over 5 years.

Letter of Intent: February 5, 2020.

Full Application: June 30, 2020


Transformation Grant    NFRF Transformation Grant

Transformation stream funding aims to support large-scale, Canadian-led interdisciplinary research projects with the potential to realize real and lasting change (high reward). Minimum funding $2,000,000 per year, maximum funding $4,000,000 per year up to six years. Notice of intent to apply deadline: February 18, 2020, 8:00 p.m. ET.

Full application deadline: November 18, 2020, 8:00 p.m. ET.



Colleges Ontario and Mitacs partnership creates up to 200 applied research internships for students. Serves to stimulate economic growth and provides new work-integrated learning opportunities.


Fellowship         CIHR Human Frontier Science Program – Fellowship Program

Two different fellowship programs are available: Long-Term Fellowships (LTF) and Cross-Disciplinary Fellowships (CDF). Total funding $4,904,995.


Grant    CIHR Human Frontier Science Program – Research Grants

Two types of Research Grant are available: Young Investigators’ Grants and Program Grants. Total funding $4,904,995.


Grant    CIHR Summer Program in Aging Host Support

A directed funding opportunity to host the 2020 SPA on the topic of ‘Longitudinal Studies’. Total funding available $75,000.



The Children’s Aid Society of the District of Nipissing and Parry (CASNPS) is soliciting proposals to assist in the development of the 2020-2025 Strategic Plan.


International Travel Grant           Mitacs Accelerate International

Up to $5000 to explore international opportunities


Fellowship         Canadian Frailty Network Interdisciplinary Training Program

Various funding opportunities with various application deadlines.


Notice  Bid #: HMMS Notification for Vendors

Healthcare Materials Management Services (HMMS); Starting October 22nd, 2019 LHSC will no longer permit vendors into the Operating Suites or surrounding areas without proof of their x-ray worker status and in possession of a personal dosimeter.


Grant    Training Grant: SPOR National Training Entity (Strategy-for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) National Training Entity)

Competition: 201912SNL (Letter of Intent) Application Deadline: 2019-12-10

Competition: 202006SNT (Full Application) Application Deadline: 2020-06-30


Grant    Training Grant: CIHR-NSERC-SSHRC Healthy Cities Research Training Platform (HCRTP)

The goal of this funding opportunity is to deliver a national training initiative focused on building capacity among Canadian researchers to engage in high quality, impactful research on how to design, implement and scale innovative, solution-based interventions in a variety of urban contexts. The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $5,100,000.

201912HTL (Letter of Intent) 2019-12-10;

202008HTP (Full Application) Application Deadline: 2020-08-27


Grant    CIHR Team Grant: Canada-EU Smart Living Environments – Transitions in Care

This funding opportunity is one of several that are part of the CIHR Transitions in Care (TiC) multi-Institute Initiative. The TiC initiative aims to improve the health and wellness of Canadians by supporting research that transforms the health system to optimize the outcomes of patients experiencing transitions in care. The total amount available to the Canadian component of the team from CIHR for this funding opportunity is $1,920,000 CAD, enough to fund up to two (2) grants.

Application Deadline: 2020-04-22


Grant         New Frontiers in Research Fund – Exploration

CIHR – The objective of the Exploration stream of the NFRF program is to support high risk, high reward and interdisciplinary research that is not easily supported through funding opportunities currently offered by the three agencies. The maximum amount per grant is $125,000 per year, including indirect costs.

Deadline Date: TBD

CIHR: Personalized Health

The CIHR Roadmap Accelerator Fund (RAF) under the scientific leadership of the Institute of Aging, the Institute of Cancer Research, the Institute of Genetics, the Institute of Gender and Health, and the Institute of Health Services and Policy Research. The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $12,000,000, enough to fund at least six (6) grants.

Letter of Intent (201910PHO): 2019-10-08

Full Application (202004PHT): 2020-04-07


Grant           A new offering from Mitacs provides early-stage support to PDF and graduate student entrepreneurs.

Mitacs Accelerate Entrepreneur funds student entrepreneurs to further develop the research or technology at the core of their business when hosted by an incubator facility.


Pitch      OBIO’s 2020 Niagara Investment Summit on February 05 to 07, 2020.

The OBIO 2020 Niagara Investment Summit national call for applications from health science companies that are seeking Series A or beyond investments is now open.


Partnership        Students in France and Canada to experience research and professional development

Mitacs is partnering with Communauté Université Grenoble Alpes (ComUE UGA) to enable French and Canadian students to take part in research internships in the other country through Mitacs programs.


Internship           Mitacs Globalink Research Internships 2020

Mitacs Globalink is seeking the world’s best senior undergrad students. Sign up to learn when the call opens.


Grant    Government of Canada – Strategic Innovation Fund

Government of Canada is now accepting applications to fund large-scale, collaborative innovation initiatives under Strategic Innovation Fund. The SIF provides financial support to projects that will improve Canada’s innovation performance while providing economic, innovation and public benefits to Canadians. The government’s share of funding for a given project usually varies from 10% of project costs up to 50% in exceptional cases.


Fellowships       Black Innovation Fellowship

Ryerson DMZ has joined forces with a community of Founding Partners to develop the Black Innovation Fellowship (BIF). The first in Canada fellowship program will provide start-ups led by Black entrepreneurs with the strengthening support of a top university-based incubator network, as well as additional programming, mentorship, events, and connections to industry, capital and an alumni network, to support their success and growth.


Grant    Introducing NSERC Alliance grants: Canada’s Research Partnerships Program

Alliance grants encourage greater collaboration in Canada’s R&D system by providing support for projects that include both generators and users of research results and knowledge. Alliance is designed to be more responsive and flexible for our research community and to accommodate a broader range of partners. It also includes incentives for collaborations with small and medium-sized enterprises and multi-sectoral partnerships, and offers an accelerated means for projects to scale and grow. Funding $150,000 or more from one to five years.

Deadline: Various deadlines


Grant    Weston Brain Institute – Big Ideas: Canada

To support a large-scale, pivotal project that will significantly and sustainably advance research in the field of translational research on neurodegenerative diseases of aging. Available funding from $5,000,000 to $20,000,000.

Deadline: Now accepting applications on a rolling basis


Grant    Weston Brain Institute – Early Phase Clinical Trials: Canada

Funding for clinical trials and clinical trial sub‐studies that accelerate the development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging. Maximum $1,500,000 over up to 4 years.

Deadline: Rolling applications.


Grant     PFSI – New Investigator Grant

The PFSI Foundation – The New Investigator funding stream offers researchers the ability to apply for three years of funding, as opposed to the standard two years, and a total amount of $250,000 (maximum of $100,000 in any one year). This funding stream is only available to clinical fellows or clinician researchers within the first 5 years of his or her first academic appointment. The Foundation’s support of health research is offered in the following four areas, in order of priority:

  1. Clinical research
  2. Medical education research at the post M.D. level
  3. Health systems research
  4. Healthcare research by community physicians

Deadline: The PSI Foundation no longer has deadlines. You may submit an application at any time.


Grant     Ontario Brain Institute – Growing Expertise in Evaluation and Knowledge Translation (GEEK)

The GEEK program provides funding, evaluation expertise, and support to community-led programs and services for people living with brain disorders. GEEK supports the sustainability, scale or spread of these programs, to improve the quality and quantity of evidence-based care in the community. Over the course of the GEEK program, GEEK seeking to fund a cohort of programs that represent a range of brain disorders and challenges, and represent diverse regions and groups in Ontario. The GEEK program will allocate up to $200,000 per year. The program or service is brain and/or mental-health related.



Government of Canada invests $27M in coronavirus research

Toronto General Hospital number four in the world

Two-way learning and mentorship goal of new UHNWomen program

Ontario Unveils Plan to Build Mental Health and Addictions System

McMaster Innovation Park (MIP) Announces Major Expansion and Development of Life Sciences Innovation Megahub

5 key ways women will be affected by the changing nature of work

Improving Quality and Delivery of Mental Health and Addictions Services

UHN Intrigued by fatigue

Ontario Expanding Mental Health and Addictions Services for First Nations and Indigenous Communities

New program brings life-saving treatment to cancer patients

Ontario Science Centre unveils Great Conversations: The Mind Series

Mitacs Entrepreneur Awards

Innovative Solutions Canada – Learn about 9 new challenges!


The Terry Fox Research Institute and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research partner

 Toronto’s booming tech sector just set a new record

 UofToronto True Blue Expo 2020

Tri-Agency Grants Management Solution (TGMS) Initiative

New kiosk at Toronto Western helping patients, visitors foster community connections

Project Search Toronto

Ontario Improving Access to Care by Building More Hospice Beds in Durham

Ontario Expanding Walk-In Mental Health and Addictions Services for Youth in Haliburton

Ontario Health Updates – The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

IFA 15th Global Conference on Ageing, Niagara Falls November 01-03

Ontario Investing in Tools Needed to Drive a Strong Economy

McMaster University and Harvard – Making light work


OBI Public Talks – The F-Words: Finding the ability in disability

How Canada is monitoring the 2019 Novel Coronavirus infection

Health Innovation Week – March 30 – April 03

UHN Research Institutes Sign DORA


Adopting a “Bundled Community” Approach to Integrated Care

January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

For @OPTinnovate’s $250,000 grants, register here surveymonkey.com

MaRs – 2020 vision: predicting the next decade in tech

Joule – Best of 2019: Most read Boldly articles

Canadian scientist undergoes novel brain stimulation treatment for alcoholism

Ontario Delivering Better Services with Northern Broadband Project

CIHR – Various funding opportunities

Federal granting agencies introduce new financial guide

Ontario Health Team Announcements

Downtown Toronto is soon to be home to a state-of-the-art Indigenous health facility

CIHR/Infoway Webinar on Innovative eHealth Research

Statement by the Prime Minister on Global Entrepreneurship Week

Ontario’s Leadership in Health Research Confirmed by List of Canada’s Top 40 Research Hospitals

First Sunnybrook prostate patient treated on MR-Linac Elekta Unity



Ontario Investing in Health Care Research – Province Supporting 19 Research Projects to End Hallway Health Care

Dr. Robert Bell, our former Board Chair & former Ont Dep Minister of Health, has written “HIP”, a medical thriller & behind-the-scenes look at the life of an MD. Proceeds go to PMH cancer research.

Ontario Brain Institute Have your say on epilepsy research. Take the survey!

Career coaches—top athletes and singers have them. Should doctors have them too?

Canadian physicians support national licensure and increased use of technology to improve health care access

CIHR is consulting with the HIV and STBBI community to develop a five-year (2020-2025) Strategic Plan on HIV/AIDS and STBBI research. Have your say!

Save the date! Innovative training event: “Summer Program in Aging” from June 07 – 12, 2020

Not just a fad: Lessons from Google on building inclusive products

Have your say on Epilepsy Research

Toronto ranked one of the best hospital cities in the world: report

Bayer to back 11 international startups in various digital health enterprises

Abbott partners with Omada, Tandem to extend the reach of its FreeStyle Libre CGM

Tehama and Bitnobi Partner to Lay Foundation for a Data Trust Platform

Ontario Expanding Home and Community Care in York Region

How can a mobile app improve access to care for rural, remote and Indigenous communities?

Canada’s first child-friendly research MRI arrived a few weeks ago – do you want the chance to name it?


Nominations for the 2020- LSO Awards are now open!

Recruiting for Canada Chicago Mentoring Program (C2MP), a Canada Technology Accelerator pilot in 2020! @TOHealthToronto



Women and science suffer when medical research doesn’t study females

Ontario continues to establish its role as a world-leader in regenerative medicine

 Ontario Science Centre fires up its 50th birthday celebrations in September

Joule Practice Management Curriculum

Tech hubs join forces to build new stable of $100-million companies

Entrepreneurship 101

HIMSS Asia Pacific 2020 – Asia Pacific; Australia; Japan

eHealth Canada2020 Vancouver May 31-June 3, 2020

ATA American Telemedicine Association 2020 Annual Conference and Expo May 03 – 05, 2020, Phoenix

Top Conferences for Health Technology


Health Innovation Week Mar 30-Apr 03, 2020

Shark-derived Compound Restores Nerve Function in the Gut

SickKids study seeks evidence-based intervention for youth suicide prevention

How old drugs can lead to new treatments for mental illness

MaRS Innovation Announces Name Change to Toronto Innovation Acceleration Partners

Behind the research: how often do patients fill opioid prescriptions in Canada, the US and Sweden? The answer may surprise you

Post Doc Opportunity: Nutrition & Activity Guideline Development5 must read resources on artificial intelligence for doctors

Ontario Investing in Research to Strengthen Economy and Create Jobs. Supporting 174 research projects across the province

Canadian Business Leaders: It’s not about taxes or regulation, it’s about innovation

Exercise at All Ages – Cardiac rehab programs benefit seniors with heart disease

NGen funding to transform manufacturing of critical materials in gene therapies

First Thursdays for Startups 

It’s A Huge Thing’: Avicanna Receives Unique Canadian Cannabinoid Research License

Government of Canada invests in research to improve the quality of life of people living with myalgic encephalomyelitis

Ontario Power Generation partners with MaRS Discovery District on Generate Innovation Challenge

Bayer Acquires BlueRock Therapeutics


Study identifies a new and improved way to classify pancreatic cancer under the microscope


Government of Canada Announces New Stand Up to Cancer Canada—Canadian Cancer Society Metastatic Breast Cancer Dream Team

Ontario Power Generation partners with MaRS Discovery District on Generate Innovation Challenge

Bayer Acquires BlueRock Therapeutics


Study identifies a new and improved way to classify pancreatic cancer under the microscope

Government of Canada Announces New Stand Up to Cancer Canada—Canadian Cancer Society Metastatic Breast Cancer Dream Team

How Tech-Infused Clothing Has the Potential to Improve Personal Health

Canadian Association for Girls in Science receives $548,804 from federal government


Minister Ng announces investments to scale up Canadian companies

Investors see Canada as health tech hot-bed

‘Maker dorm’ in Toronto to offer housing, high-tech manufacturing in same building

Government of Canada invests more than $32M in research into sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections

London Health Research Institute – London Health Research Day on May 05, 2020


Government of Canada invests $26 million to prevent patients from falling through the cracks

MaRS Innovation Launches New Drug Discovery Program Targeting Rare and Disabling Developmental Disorder

$150M from Health Canada for Marathon of Hope Cancer Centres network

Government of Canada invests close to $101M in Indigenous health research across the country

Government of Canada – Infographic: Make your impact on childhood cancer

St. Joseph’s connects clinicians with post-op patients via ‘virtual visits’

 Krembil Brain Institute acquires revolutionary laser ablation system for brain cancer, epilepsy

 $1.4 M boost in funding for patients with essential tremor to be treated with focused ultrasound

 Online Depression Treatment Gives Patients Courage and Hope



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


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.


MaRS Mornings: Mobility and the Sharing Economy by MaRS Discovery District

On June 25, you’re invited to the latest edition of MaRS Mornings — a panel discussion on mobility and the sharing economy.

The CFN led Frailty Outcomes Consensus (FOCUS) Project is looking for your input!

The Frailty Outcomes Consensus (FOCUS) Project is a multi-year CFN-led initiative to develop Common Outcome Measures (COMs) and Common Data Elements (CDEs), which will enable findings from research and translational studies to be collectively analyzed to better inform patient care.  FOCUS aims to standardize research studies so that COMs and CDEs are captured in all frailty studies. Based on this preliminary work, CFH has identified several COMs and CDEs that will be voted on through a Delphi consensus process.  They greatly appreciate participation in identifying any further COMs and CDEs that may not have been identified through their preliminary work.

GHS Research Group @GHS_UW

Members of the GHS group are starting to examine the health care experiences of foreign-born older adults. We want to hear from you – what are some important things to consider when examining this topic?

Let’s talk CIHR – What are your health research priorities?

As a federally funded agency, the CIHR believes this is the right time to develop a national dialogue on the future of health research in Canada. Seeking experience and expertise working towards a new Strategic Plan in the summer of 2020. Please join in this collective effort to define a vision for Canada’s health research funding ecosystem.


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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