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




North America’s fastest-growing tech conference” – Inc.  Collision brings together the people and companies redefining the global tech industry.


The e-Health 2019 Conference and Tradeshow, Canada’s largest digital health event taking place at the Beanfield Centre in Toronto from May 26 – 29.

The 19th annual e-Health Conference and Tradeshow is Canada’s largest congregation of digital health professionals, offering proactive top-quality learning and an opportunity to network with organizations and people that value quality health information as well as effective integrated system solutions.


RFP        MW19-010 – CryoRaman Spectrometer System

This RFP is an invitation by Brock University to prospective proponents to submit proposals for a CryoRaman Spectrometer System.

Deadline: June 10, 2019 10:00:00 AM EDT


RFQ        GRH#19-012 – Clinical Data Quality Enhancement Tool

Grand River Hospital is currently seeking, via Request for Quote (RFQ), a solution to improve efficiency specificity and accuracy of Data Quality. This solution will identify the potential problems in coding and Data Quality that directly affect HSFR funding. Correcting these cases such that the coding reflects the reality of the care provided helps ensure that patient acuity is accurately represented, leading to improved HBAM and QBP performance. Duration: 2 years

Deadline: June 17, 2019 02:00:00 PM EDT


 RFP        Health Canada Environmental Health National Resource Distribution to Health Professionals (1000206613a)

Three of Health Canada’s environmental health programs are seeking services to assist in the distribution of their program’s materials. The three programs which may be included are: the Heat Program within the Climate Change Information Bureau (CCIB), the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) Program within Water and Air Quality Bureau (WAQB), and the National Radon Program (NRP) within the Radiation Protection Bureau (RPB).The objective of this contract is to engage with a physician driven service provider to provide environmental health outreach for all three programs, if required, to physicians and other health professionals on an on-demand basis and applicable to the programs mandate. The total value of the contract to disseminate environmental health products, which includes a 20-month initial duration plus an additional 2 option years, will be divided by the 3 Programs (AQHI, Radon, Heat).

Deadline: June 25, 2019 02:00:00 PM EDT


RFP        2019-015-AM – Real-time Quantitative PCR System

 The primary objective of this RFP is to acquire a state-of-the-art real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) instrument to serve the researchers in the lab at the RMF at Ryerson University. This system should be appropriate to the operating requirements of the lab and Research Facility.

Deadline: on or before June 11, 2019, 11:00am EDT


RFP        RFP CW557243 for Leadership Development Training

Markham Stouffville Hospital seeking a contract term encompassing training for leadership (approximately 100 individuals) within three (3) years. Leaders consist of Directors and Managers but could also include some Clinical Leaders.

Deadline: June 06, 2019 14:00:00 EDT


 RFP        tender_11402 – HMMS03415 – ACAN – Service on Thermo ELEMENT ICP-MS

Project Categories: Clinical laboratory instruments AND Medical or surgical equipment repair

Deadline: June 03, 2019 12:00pm EDT


 RFP        tender_11401 – RFPA System, CW557251 via Plexxus

Project Categories: Medical magnetic resonance imaging MRI products

Deadline: June 11, 2019 at 14:00pm EDT


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.


RFP        CAMH RFP 944.19 Research Services – Search for Research Organization

CAMH The Neurobiology of Depression and Aging (NDA) department is looking for a Contract Research Organization that will be performing preclinical characterization of a novel small molecule (Test Article or (TA). This small molecule is intended to be part of an IND application with the FDA (US) and with Health Canada.

Deadline: June 18, 2019 3:00:00 PM ET


RFP        CW15784 – ACAN MILR Specialty and Biopsy Needle 2019 by Mohawk Medbuy

Product requirements:  CW15784 MILR Specialty and Biopsy Needle 2019 – ACAN

Deadline: June 13, 2019 2:00:00 PM ET


RFP        SC05215CA Home Hemodialysis Products and Delivery Services – Grand River Hospital (by HealthPRO Procurement Services)

Request for proposal for Hemodialysis supplies including concentrates, dialyzers, and ancillary products to administer therapy and/or conduct in-hospital training; accommodate home patient-ordering, home patient customized order preparation, and home patient delivery service.

Deadline: June 26, 2019 12:00:00 PM ET


RFP        CW556926 Tool to Integrate MyChart (Sunnybrook)

Sunnybrook’s MyChart, via Plexxus, is interested in exploring partnerships, investments and additional services, tools, and functions that can be integrated to support Virtual Care

Deadline: June 07, 2019 2:00:00 PM ET


RFP     Urinalysis Collection Services (21470-23-3141367)

 The Correctional Service Canada has a requirement to provide Urinalysis Collection Services to male parolees in Barrie and surrounding areas. Objectives: Consistent with the Mission Statement and Strategic Objectives of the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC), a Urinalysis Collection Program is required for Barrie and surrounding areas. The program must be in compliance with the Corrections and Conditional Release Act, Corrections and Conditional Release Regulations, and Guidelines and Policy under the Act.

Deadline: June 06, 2019 14:00 Eastern Time


Grant     CIHR – SGBA+ Health Policy-Research Partnerships 2019; The Institute of Gender and Health, in partnership with Health Canada

In response to the Canadian government’s renewed commitment to gender equality, in 2017 Health Canada approved a department-wide Sex and Gender Action Plan. A key activity within this action plan is a partnership between the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health (IGH), and Health Canada’s Gender and Health Unit (GHU). The aim of this collaboration is to fund Policy-Research Partnerships, which will help bridge the gaps between research knowledge and policy development, and support the rigorous application of SGBA+ to ensure Health Canada’s outward facing activities address the diverse needs of women, men, girls, boys and gender-diverse people to maximize positive health outcomes and improve the health of Canadians. This funding opportunity will support projects relevant to the following research areas: Applying a SGBA+ lens to prescription drug lifecycle management; Applying a SGBA+ lens to medical device lifecycle management. The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $150,000, enough to fund approximately two (2) grants, one (1) grant for each research area listed above. The maximum amount per grant is $75,000 for up to one (1) year.

Submission deadline: September 10, 2019


Grant     The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) in partnership with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

Innovative interdisciplinary research projects involving collaborations between the natural sciences or engineering community together with the health sciences community, with a strong focus on knowledge translation (KT) and training leading to health and economic benefits for Canadians, more effective health services and products, and/or a strengthened health care system will be considered relevant to the overall funding opportunity. The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $20.4 million. This amount may increase if additional funding partners participate. The maximum duration of support for any one grant is three years.

Submission deadlines: Letters of Intent (201906CPL) – June 25, 2019

Full Application (201910CPG) – October 29, 2019


RFP     RFP 19-024 – Supply and Install X-Ray Machine

Cambrian College is seeking Quotations from qualified companies capable of the supply and installation of a new X-Ray machine suitable for limited/compact spaces to be used in the Health Sciences Department located at Cambrian College’s Barrydowne Campus, 1400 Barrydowne Road, Sudbury, Ontario, as per the bid scope of work and specifications.

Deadline: May 28, 2019 03:00:00 PM EDT


RFP     RFP tender_9561 – Ref 490129 HMMS03395 – Digital Mobile X-Ray Parts and Service

Healthcare Materials Management Services (HMMS) on behalf of the Biomedical Engineering and Diagnostic Imaging departments is looking to establish a long-term partnership with a preferred Proponent for the supply of a shared service solution for the digital mobile x-ray fleet, to a minimum of 100% of the requirements

Deadline: June 05, 2019 12:00 PM EDT


RFSQ     UOT201915832 – Laboratory Equipment and Supplies

The University of Toronto (St. George Campus) is conducting an RFSQ for Laboratory Equipment and Supplies. The procurement is anticipated to involve negotiation with a three-year term contract.

Deadline: June 24, 2019 02:00:00 PM EDT



This RFI is issued by l’Hôpital Montfort (“HM”) for the purposes of gathering information about the marketplace in order to assist in the determination of future purchasing options or requirements. HM is seeking information on a Nerve Stimulator for peripheral nerve block (combined use of ultrasound and stimulation): Stimulus amplitude; Stimulus duration in MS; Stimulus frequency in Hz.

Deadline: June 12, 2019 04:00:00 PM EDT


Grant     Elevate with Mitacs

Build your career through this competitive annual fellowship for up to two years. Elevate includes a research management training program and a postdoctoral fellowship. Your partner organization’s financial contribution starts at $30,000. Spring 2019 call for proposals is open now with the following deadlines:

Intent & COI declaration June 19, 2019; Application deadline: July 17, 2019


Grant     2019 Spark Program Call for Innovations

Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation – CABHI is inviting point of care staff to “try something different” to improve the lives of older adults, persons with dementia and their care partners. Apply to the Spark program to receive up to $50,000 (CAD) per project, over 12 months that can be used to develop and refine early stage solutions or to adapt and test a commercially available solution in a senior care environment. In total, up to $2.5 million is available across all projects.

Deadline: Friday July 05, 2019


RFP     TOH-CPF-2019-015- Manual Wheelchair and Seating Equipment Pool

The Occupational Therapy Department at the Ottawa Hospital is looking at replenishing their manual wheelchair and seating equipment pool. The Occupational Therapist at TOH work with patient to regain and maintain function in daily activities, as well as to prevent dysfunction and promote healthy living. Duration of contract: Two Years

Deadline: May 30, 2019 12:00:00 PM EDT


RFP     tender_11369 CW556938 Retinopathy of Prematurity Imaging Equipment

With Plexxus – Lakeridge Health is currently looking to replace their Retinopathy of Prematurity Imaging Equipment located in the NICU department. The intention of this RFP is to purchase one (1) new machine with related support services.

Deadline: June 07, 2019 14:00 PM EDT


RFP     Health Canada – Assessment of the Action Plan to Improve Vaccination Coverage Rates in Canada Tender # 1000210177

The Centre for Immunization and Respiratory Infectious Diseases (CIRID), Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), is seeking professional services to design, conduct and report an assessment of the Action Plan to Improve Vaccination Coverage Rates in Canada. The project authority may also require professional services to assist in the coordination, planning and facilitation of a face-to-face meeting of approximately 20-30 stakeholders. The period of any resulting contract will be from the date of the Contract to March 31, 2020 inclusive.

Deadline: May 27, 2019 12:00:00 PM ET


RFP     02-1920-RFP Provision of Patient Monitoring System and Equipment

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (SJHH) is seeking to establish a Contract with one qualified supplier for the purchase of patient monitoring system and equipment (PMSE), which will include but not limited to the following: patient monitors (bedside and transport); telemetry equipment; central stations; networking and infrastructure professional services; extended warranties and service plans; and replacement parts, accessories and consumables

Deadline: June 20, 2019 12:00:00 PM ET


RFI     RFI 1920-012 – UHN Facilities Staffing Review

This RFI is being issued by UHN to obtain information for UHN on how best to assess and gather specific recommendations for our facility maintenance front line human resource requirements at each Hospital site based on site requirements/needs, industry best practice standards and workload measurement from Respondent(s). The specific detailed information requirements will be described in ARTICLE 4 – GENERAL INFORMATION REQUIREMENTS; to provide an opportunity for Respondents to make suggestions for 1/ how best the review could be accomplished and, 2/ the expertise and knowledge required to complete the review in a manner that is both efficient and affordable to UHN to assess market capabilities, timing and budgetary costing for such an endeavor.

Deadline: May 31, 2019 2:00:00 PM ET


NOI     Notice of Intent for Helios CyTOF Mass Cytometer, SickKids Hospital

Developmental and Stem Cell Biology at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) has a requirement for the provision of a Helios CyTOF System for mass cytometry analysis of cells. The purpose of this Notice of Intent to Direct Award (NOI) is to signal the institution’s intention to award a contract for these goods to Fluidigm. Before awarding a contract, however, SickKids provides other vendors with the opportunity to demonstrate that they are capable of satisfying the requirements set out in this Notice, by submitting a statement of capabilities during the fifteen calendar day posting period. SickKids has chosen not to complete an RFP process but negotiate the contemplated contract for the following reasons: The Helios CyTOF is a unique system that is not otherwise available from other vendors.

Deadline: May 27, 2019 11:59:59 AM ET


RFP     SB-2019-0578 Image Enabled Operating Room (Hybrid OR)

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre – This RFP from Sunnybrook calls for proposals from our imaging vendors and manufacturers of relevant imaging systems to support clinical requirements and solutions necessary for a state-of-the-art image enabled operating room, commonly known as Hybrid OR.

Deadline: June 06, 2019 2:00:00 PM ET


RFP     2019-15 Surgical Headlight Systems

This RFP is being issued and administered by Philips Canada in order to obtain Proposals from Respondents for the supply of the Equipment and Services for Mackenzie Health for Portable Battery-Powered Surgical headlights.

Deadline: June 13, 2019 11:00:00 PM ET


Grant    Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) – Innovation Fund via Innovation.ca

The Innovation Fund provides investments in infrastructure, across the full spectrum of research, from the most fundamental to applied through to technology development. Projects funded through the Innovation Fund will help Canada remain at the forefront of exploration and knowledge generation while making meaningful contributions to generating social, health, environmental and economic benefits and addressing global challenges.  The CFI will invest up to $400 million in research infrastructure funding and will fund up to 40 percent of a project’s eligible infrastructure costs. The CFI will provide up to $120 million for associated operating costs through the Infrastructure Operating Fund.

Deadline for submission of Notices of Intent: September 16, 2019

Deadline for the submission of Proposals: January 20, 2020


RFP     CW15739 MI Radium Products 2019 – ACAN

Mohawk Medbuy – Any interested supplier must demonstrate by way of a statement of capabilities that it meets the following requirements: Health Canada-approved radium Ra 223 dichloride solution for injection (6 mL solution at reference date); Ability to distribute direct or through a Health Canada-approved wholesaler who is qualified to distribute and handle radiopharmaceuticals. Contract Length: Two (2) Year. Estimated volume: Year 1 – # of patients 8; Year 2 – # of patients 16.

Deadline: May 31, 2019 2:00:00 PM ET


RFP     MM Pulse Oximetry Supplies 2020 – CW15565 – RFP

Mohawk Medbuy – This Negotiated RFP is an invitation from MM Corporation to prospective Sellers to submit proposals for the provision of Pulse Oximetry Products for a contract term of five (5) years with a potential two (2) years option period. Potential Proponent(s) must be able to meet or exceed all the requirements of this RFP for a Regional Award by Group, for the following category(s):

  • Wrap Sensor Single Patient Use Pediatric,
  • Finger Sensor Single Patient Use Adult/Pediatric,
  • Finger Sensor Reusable Adult/Pediatric,
  • Pulse Oximetry Cables and Accessories,
  • Cerebral/Somatic Single Patient Use Adult/Pediatric and Accessories,
  • Pulse Oximetry Handheld/Portable Monitor,
  • Wrap Sensor Reusable Adult/Pediatric,
  • Ear Sensor Reusable Adult/Pediatric,
  • Multi-Site Sensor Reusable Adult/Pediatric,
  • Nasal Sensor Single Patient Use Adult/Pediatric

Deadline: June 03, 2019 2:00:00 PM ET


RFP     19-050 TT – Microfocus X-Ray Source, University of Waterloo

University of Waterloo – The specifications described in this RFP will act as a guide for interpretation of quality and minimum Requirements for the Ultra-small focal spot micro-focus X-ray source. Respondents are required to meet or surpass the minimum specification set for any component. All System components must meet the research application requirements and must be new.

Deadline: May 29, 2019 02:30:00 PM EDT


Partnership     TP-NIC-04A-RFP-04A – RFP 04A – Rehabilitation Equipment for CAMH Phase 1C

@UTESTto 2019 applications are open! The program, in partnership with

@marsinnovation, provides #UofT entrepreneurs with seed funding of up to $100,000, mentoring, legal support, business strategy, and incubation space.

Applications due: May 23, 2019


Grant     Lallemand Microbiome and Probiotics Innovation Grant in Collaboration with Mitacs Canada

Lallemand is launching a funding competition in collaboration with Mitacs to stimulate innovative research in the field of probiotics for human health applications. The goals of this scientific research grant are to create a new sustainable partnership with researchers across Canada, to provide training opportunities for students, and to foster breakthrough research. This grant will support a project for a maximum amount of $ 80,000 CAD (90% of which to be used toward stipend/salaries, contingent on budget justifications) and is provided over a period of minimum one to maximum three years. The time required for the use of funds is to be determined by the applicant.

Submission deadline:  July 01, 2019


Grant     Mitacs and @ownthepodium, the Podium Partners for Innovation in High-Performance Sport Research 2019–20

The purpose of the current partnership between OTP and Mitacs is to carry forward the legacy of OTP’s high performance sport research initiative that supports Olympic and Paralympic podium performances. OTP and Mitacs developed a partnership through Mitacs’s Accelerate and Elevate programs, which support the brightest PhD students and postdoctoral fellows conducting research in high-performance sport.

  1. A) The three major research areas related to OTP-targeted Olympic and Paralympic sports are: Sport performance; Sports engineering; Proactive sports medicine.
  2. B) Projects must be aligned with both a Canadian Sport Institute (CSI) and a collaborating Canadian university. The CSI may be directly involved in the research.
  3. C) Graduate programs for consideration must also be aligned with the long-term performance research strategies of OTP’s targeted Olympic and/or Paralympic National Sport Organizations (NSO).
  4. D) Projects aligned with NSOs that are categorized as having podium potential for 2020, 2022, and 2024 will be given preference.

PhDs: Funding for up to three years (part time) can be requested, for a total value of $80,000 (including $8,000, which is flexible and can go towards project expenses or a stipend top-up).

Postdoctoral candidates: Funding for up to two years (full time), for a value of $60,000 per year (including $5,000 per year, which is flexible and can go towards project expenses or a stipend top-up).

Due Date: June 14, 2019


Grant     Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Chair: Indigenous Research Chairs in Nursing

The Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health (IIPH), the Institute of Gender and Health (IGH) and the Canadian Nurses Foundation (CNF), in partnership with First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), Fonds de la recherche du Quebec — Santé (FRQS), Research Manitoba, New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF), Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF) and Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF). The Indigenous Research Chair in Nursing initiative will support nurses of both Indigenous and non-indigenous ancestry to conduct research in Indigenous Health Nursing, thus furthering the development of knowledge and best and wise practices in the area of nursing practice, education, research and administration. The Chairs will undertake research to understand social, economic and cultural determinants of health and Indigenous holistic health practices to improve the health of Indigenous Peoples. Applications must be targeted to First Nations, Inuit and/or Métis Peoples in Canada. The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $5,910,000 enough to fund up to six (6) awards. The maximum amount per award is $197,000 per year for up to five (5) years for a total of $ 985,000 per award.

Application deadline: June 05, 2019


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     CIHR Institute of Genetics (CIHR-IG) – Knowledge Synthesis Grant: Socio-Economic Burden of Inherited Disease

The Knowledge Synthesis of Socio-Economic Burden of Inherited Disease Grants are expected to: Identify and synthesize existing data about the cost of managing inherited diseases to clearly identify future research needs. The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $200,000, enough to fund 2 grants. The maximum amount per grant is $100,000 per year for up to 1 year.

Deadline: September 17, 2019


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.


Scholarship Grant     CIHR Canada Graduate Scholarships – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement (2019-2020)

The Canada Graduate Scholarships – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements (CGS-MSFSS) program supports high-caliber Canadian graduate students in building global linkages and international networks through the pursuit of exceptional research experiences abroad. By accessing international scientific research and training, CGS-MSFSS recipients will contribute to strengthening the potential for collaboration between Canadian institutions and other research institutions outside of Canada. The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $270,000, enough to fund approximately 45 awards.

Deadline: June 06, 2019 (1st intake); October 10, 2019 (2nd intake)


RFP     Commissioned Research Services VOR RFB, # Tender_11312

Ontario Shared Services – An opportunity for prospective Bidders to be part of the Vendor of Record (VOR) arrangement for the provision of public-opinion research, known as Commissioned Research Services. Successful qualifying Bidders must qualify in at least one (1) of the five (5) Service Categories or may bid for multiple Services Categories to become a Vendor of Record. There is no limit to the number of vendors for each Service Category on this VOR arrangement.

Service Categories: Quantitative Research – Various Methodologies; In-Person Qualitative Research; On-line Qualitative Research; Qualitative/ Quantitative; Marketing Data Services.

Deadline: June 21, 2019 11:00 AM Eastern Daylight Saving Time EDT


RFP     2019-056-RD – High Fidelity Mannequins for Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex

Ryerson University – This RFP is an invitation to prospective proponents to submit a proposal for High Fidelity Mannequins. Ryerson University require Four (4) types of High Fidelity Mannequins listed below.

1)  Adult High-Fidelity Mannequin; 2) Pediatric High-Fidelity Mannequin; 3) Birthing Mother High- Fidelity Mannequin; 4) New born High Fidelity Mannequin

The estimated budget for the four (4) High Fidelity Mannequins is $350,000.

Deadline: May 22, 2019 11:00:00 AM EDT


RFP     1000204974 – Urine Sampling: Biomarker of Exposure Testing in Users of Novel Nicotine Delivery Devices and Tobacco Products: Data Collection (5 geographic sites)

This bid solicitation is being issued to satisfy the requirement of Health Canada for Urine Sampling: Biomarker of Exposure Testing in Users of Novel Nicotine Delivery Devices and Tobacco Products: Data Collection (5 geographic sites). It is intended to result in the award of up to five (5) contracts, one per geographic site. The objective of this requirement is to collect urine samples from pre-recruited participants including smokers, non-smokers, and users of alternative products. Administration of a questionnaire to participants on demographic and pattern of use information is required.

Deadline: May 28, 2019 02:00:00 PM EDT


RFP     RFP 03 – TP-NIC-03-RFP-03 Pharmacy Equipment for CAMH Phase 1C

This RFPnis an invitation by PCL CONSTRUCTORS CANADA INC to prospective proponents to submit proposals for Pharmacy Equipment for CAMH Phase 1C project. CAMH Phase 1C Redevelopment Project is a 2 building (B1 & D1), 655,000 square feet, 235-bed mental health and addiction services facility.  The Project will provide the necessary expansion and realignment of services that will enable CAMH to meet the care needs of the downtown Toronto Core. Project Substantial Completion of Work: April 01, 2020.

Deadline: June 03, 2019 3:00:00 PM ET


RFP     RFP 166932 Announcement for Design Build Work (Nuclear Medicine Systems)

Shared Services West (SSW) – Siemens Healthcare Limited, in relation to the MES project at Osler, will conduct a RFP for design build work for following modality rooms; Equipment Room – Quantity Rooms for Nuclear Medicine Systems; Quantity – 4 rooms

Deadline: June 10, 2019 12:00:00 PM ET


RFP     Project: tender_11341 – Robotic Electrode Placement System

Plexxus – The Robotic Electrode Placement System will enable CRANIA (the Center for Advancing Neurotechnological Innovation to Application) and industry partners to create technologically advanced therapies using ‘neuromodulation’. This strategy involves stimulating specific brain regions involved in the disease.

Deadline: June 04, 2019 14:00pm


 GRANT     Funding opportunity – Team Grant: CCS/CIHR Cancer Survivorship Team Grants

The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Cancer Research (CIHR-ICR), have each committed a total of $5M over five years to jointly fund. The goal of the CCS/CIHR Cancer Survivorship Team Grant program is to improve the health outcomes for cancer survivors of all ages from the time of their cancer diagnosis until the time of their death or entry into end-of-life care. This program is not intended to focus on improving end-of-life care.

Abstract registration due date: May 29, 2019


RFP     RFP 2019MI01 Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS)

Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) – This RFP is issued by the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario – Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre (“CHEO”) is an invitation to proponents to provide a comprehensive Radiology Picture Archiving and Communications (PACS) solution that enables Radiology imaging exam acquisition, exam Quality Control (QC), diagnostic workflows, as well as enterprise-wide image distribution, as described in Schedule “A” (Environment and Business Requirements).

Deadline May 30, 2019 2:00:00 PM (ET)


RFP     RFP 2019-MQ-067 Providence Manor Prime Consulting Services

Shared Support Services Southeastern Ontario (3S0) – The purpose of this RFP is to select a qualified architectural firm (Proponent) to carry out multidisciplinary services to develop a Schematic Design for the development of a 256-bed long-term care facility on a greenfield site, to replace the existing Providence Manor site.

Deadline: May 23, 2019 2:00:00 PM (ET)


Grant     Funding opportunity – New Investigator Salary Award: Stars Career Development Award

Arthritis Society – Up to maximum of $150,000 annually for up to three (3) years. This salary and research funding represents a three (3) year commitment by the Arthritis Society, together with an additional three (3) year commitment by the applicant’s Host Institution.  The program is intended to promote creativity in all domains of arthritis-related research responsive to the Arthritis Society’s strategic priorities.

Abstract registration deadline: May 22, 2019, 5:00 PM EDT

Research Grants Portal open for full application: May 29, 2019 EDT

Full Application deadline: June 26, 2019, 5:00 PM EDT


Fellowship     2019-2020 Banting Doctoral Fellowships

CIHR/Government of Canada – $70,000 per year (taxable) 2 years (non-renewable). Areas of research:

Health research; Natural sciences and/or engineering; Social sciences and/or humanities.

Deadline: September 18, 2019 (20:00 EDT)


Grant     Operating Grant: CIHR Summer Institute on Equitable AI for Public Health

The Institute of Population and Public Health (IPPH) – $525,000, enough to fund one grant /

5 years. This funding opportunity will support an academic host institution (or a consortium of academic institutions) to develop, coordinate, evaluate and deliver an annual CIHR Summer Institute on Equitable AI for Public Health program for five years that serves a national purpose, is pan-Canadian in scope, advances IPPH’s mandate, and aligns with IPPH’s Equitable AI Initiative and the Pan-Canadian AI Strategy.

Application deadline: June 18, 2019


Grant     Team Grant: Next Generation Networks for Neuroscience (NeuroNex)

(Next Generation Networks for Neuroscience (NeuroNex) – Technology-enabled, Team-based Neuroscience) sponsored by CIHR Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (INMHA) and Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ), in partnership with the NeuroNex Collaboration Partners. To support collaborative networks comprised of international teams of disciplinarily-diverse researchers working on a common foundational question in neuroscience. A Network must be composed of international teams (IRGs) that include disciplinarily-diverse experimentalists and theorists working to obtain mechanistic insights into foundational questions in neuroscience.                The total amount available from this opportunity is $5,000,000 enough to fund approximately 4 grants for the Canadian Component of an interdisciplinary research group (IRG).  The maximum amount per grant is $250,000 per year for up to 5 years for a total of $1,250,000 per grant.

Preliminary Proposal to NSF and Preliminary Proposal to CIHR deadline June 14, 2019 17:00 PM EDT

Application deadline: Oct 8, 2019 (by invitation only)


RFP     RFP 2019-R041 Point of Care Ultrasound

St. Joseph’s Health System GPO – CAPsource (via MERX.com). This RFP is being issued to obtain Proposals for the supply of Point of Care Ultrasound for the Members from qualified Proponent(s).

Deadline: May 24, 2019 12:00 PM EDT


RFP     RFP UOT201915959 University of Toronto – St. George Campus – Procurement Services (via MERX.com)

Mass Spectrometric Instrument and Liquid Chromatography System. Duration: 1 year Option: to extend for up to three (3) years.

Deadline: May 27, 2019  2:00pm EDT


RFP     RFP-1920-15-000    Proof of Concept – SickKids Data Commons (via Biddingo.com)

SickKids Hospital – The purpose of this RFI is to solicit information on available data ingestion, integration, cataloguing, and data access solutions which we envision implementing within our existing OpenStack High-Performance Computing environment. The primary objectives are to obtain information about: 1. Off-the-shelf, minimally customized, cloud-agnostic solutions that will assist with enablement of a federated data and analytics architecture; 2. Estimates for implementation, including the software, hardware, and required implementation personnel / skillsets; 3. Estimates for operation and maintenance support features, costs, and required support personnel. SickKids is not seeking information on consulting services to assist with this initiative.

Deadline: June 07, 2019 11:59:59 AM ET


RFSQ     RFSQ – JK190412 Trauma Pathways Consultative Services

Niagara Health System (via Biddingo.com) – The intent for this Request for Supplier Qualification (RFSQ) is to gather information on supplier capabilities and qualifications, with the intention of creating a list of pre-qualified vendors or a Vendor of Record (VOR) for each of NH required Capabilities for Trauma Pathways Consultative Services.

Deadline: May 28, 2019 2:00:00 PM ET


RFP     19-018 – LG – Pharmacy5in5 Web Platform Development and Mobile Application

University of Waterloo – The University of Waterloo invites qualified companies to submit Proposals for the development of the next version of Pharmacy5in5.ca, including the design of mobile applications for Android and iOS, in accordance with the terms of this Request for Proposal (RFP). The University of Waterloo intends to select one Respondent that meets or exceeds the Requirements identified in this RFP. RFP Term: 2019/08/01 thru 2021/07/31; Option: Two year terms.

Deadline: May 31, 2019 02:30:00 PM EDT


RFP     CW15546-3 Request for Competitive – Dialogue Proposals for St. Mary’s General Hospital Cardiac Program Expansion

Mohawk Medbuy – This RFCDP is issued and administered by MMC for the purpose of soliciting Proposals from interested Proponents for the provision of a Cardiac Program Expansion Solution(s) on behalf of St. Mary’s General Hospital.The scope includes infrastructure, cardio diagnostics, and regional outreach (connectivity to health care providers and patients). The Solution requirements, principles and objectives are detailed in the Statement of Needs Schedules.

Deadline: June 07, 2019 12:00:00 PM ET


Innovation-to-Scale: Accelerated, High Impact, and Sustainable Scale-up of Innovations for Saving Mothers and Newborns at Birth [NEW – Call for Proposals]

Global Financing Facility, in partnership with Laerdal Global Health and the Government of Norway ~ April 30
Call for proposals to “accelerate uptake of proven innovations to reduce maternal and newborn mortality around the time of birth and in the immediate postnatal period. In collaboration with national governments, the goal is to demonstrate and document how accelerated and sustainable delivery of such innovations will help countries achieve the life-saving impacts required to meet ambitious maternal and newborn mortality targets and, through this, facilitate further implementation across relevant GFF countries.” Expected to award 5 grants of up to $5 million each.  Note that projects must be conducted in current Global Financing Facility countries that have prioritized maternal and neonatal mortality reduction.


Genomic Applications Partnership Program- Round 16 [NEW – Funding for Public-Private Research Collaborations]

Genome Canada ~ May 20 for Expressions of Interest

Co-funding for 1-3 year projects with a total size of $300,000-$1,000,000 for public-private research collaborations focused on developing genomics-derived technologies. Intended to support “downstream research and development (R&D) projects that address real world opportunities and challenges defined by “Receptor” organizations such as industry, government, or not-for-profit entities. These organizations should be committed to commercializing or implementing the outcomes of the project. Projects are led by the Receptor organization (Canadian or international) but are active collaborations with a Canadian academic researcher. These projects are co-funded by Receptors and other stakeholders and must have the potential to generate significant social and/or economic benefits for Canada.” Note: 1/3 investment from Genome Canada, 1/3 provided by the Receptor partner (cash and/or in-kind) and 1/3 of other co-funding (non-Genome Canada).


Picture Archiving and Communications [NEW – RFP]

Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario ~ May 30

Procuring a PACS that “enables radiology imaging exam acquisition, exam Quality Control (QC), diagnostic workflows, as well as enterprise-wide image distribution.” 


CDL Health Stream [NEW – Access to Mentors and Investors]

Creative Destruction Lab ~ August 12

Early-stage companies aiming to bring health innovations to market are offered 5 in-person objective-setting sessions between October and June. Note: there are no fees for participation and the Creative Destruction Lab does not take any equity.



Dr. Alexa will see you now……

Can we trust digital assistants with our health data?

Robotic Glove Improves Function

At the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, KITE researchers have developed a light-weight and easy-to-use robotic glove to help improve hand function in stroke survivors.

Cutting edge heart surgery at Sudbury’s Health Sciences North – For the last several months, the hospital in Sudbury has been offering heart surgery without cracking open your ribs to get to your heart. Instead, this surgery involves a small puncture in your leg, and you can be awake the whole time.

New electromagnet guidance for brachytherapy aims to improve targeting

Sunnybrook researchers have created — and are now testing — a guidance system for people undergoing brachytherapy treatment for gynecological cancer. The goal: to improve treatment by targeting tumours with unprecedented precision.

Waterloo region health merger will create Ontario’s largest regional unit

Waterloo region may be grouped with Halton, Peel and Wellington, Guelph and Dufferin as part of a new public health planning area. The province has indicated it will take the 35 individual health units in the province and create 10 planning groups. The change will see the new planning area covering Waterloo region, Halton, Peel, Wellington, Guelph and Dufferin serve 2.94M people. It will be the largest planning area per person served in the province, slightly above 2.92Min Toronto.

Ontario Successfully Concludes Mental Health Week and Children’s Mental Health Week

Ontario’s Government highlighted several investments as part of its $174M in funding for mental health and addictions supports. To ensure mental health/addictions services providers have stable, long-term support, the government will make this funding available every year. Further, the government will invest $3.8B over the next decade to develop and implement a comprehensive and connected mental health/addictions strategy.


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


Active and Assisted Living Program [GRANTS]

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) under the scientific leadership of the Institute of Aging (IA) in partnership with the Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR), the Active and Assisted Living Association (AAL), and Mitacs ~ May 24

Inviting proposals for “collaborative projects developing ICT-based solutions targeting any application area(s) within the AAL domain, with a focus on specified markets.” Note: ‘collaborative projects’ are to be carried out by consortia composed of at least 3 organisations from 3 different countries including an end user organisation and a business partner. Typical duration of 18 to 36 months, with maximum funding of €2.500.000. One Canadian-based applicant could receive up to $117,666 per year for up to 3 years, with the possibility that the amount may grow if more funding partners participate.


50 Over 50 Entrepreneurship Awards [AWARDS]

Wise-Seniors in Business with a wide range of supporting organizations ~ June 30

Fifty awards available, with the nature of financial and in-kind benefits to be determined. Eligibility: “Anyone who was 50 years old when they started the business can apply or be nominated. If there is more than one owner, at least one of the majority owners must have been 50 when the business was started and still be active in the business.”


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.

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?

Investment and Readiness Stream – Social Finance Fund[CONSULTATION]
Government of Canada ~ May 31  

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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