Opportunities are coming about quickly and require innovative and nimble organizations to respond and step up in helping us combat COVID-19. The below is a list of opportunities currently available from official organizations seeking responses from companies who would like to be a part of the solution.
March 27, 2020 | This resource will be updated regularly as information becomes available on further opportunities.
In response to Covid-19 and an unprecedented global health crisis, the Province of Ontario issued a Call to Action for suppliers, manufacturers and service providers to assist the healthcare effort.
The Covid-19 Collaboration Platform is an online portal that helps experts, agencies and companies who have a piece of the puzzle – whether it is an asset, a technology or a product – bring their solutions to market. OCE is working to match solution seekers with solution providers by leveraging Ontario’s innovation ecosystem.
Examples of solutions that they are looking to build connections around (either you need or have a solution related to):
Access the brief intake form here to get connected.
Source: COVID Challenges Procurement Program – Natural Resources Canada (NRC IRAP)
Identify and fund near-to-market solutions from small- and medium-sized businesses (fewer than 500 staff) to enable them to refine and sell their product or solution to meet a COVID-19-related need.
Overview of program (funded and run by Natural Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) and Innovative Solutions Canada):
Details on specific challenges to be updated as they become available.
Assemble a team of researchers from Canadian and international universities, government departments, colleges and highly innovative firms to help accelerate R&D to address specific COVID-19 gaps and challenges.
The Pandemic Response Challenge Program is currently structured around three main research areas:
Funding is available to help cover the costs of research for academic institutions, small- and medium-sized businesses, and other eligible recipients participating in the challenge teams.
Register to express your interest here.
Source: Code Life Ventilator Challenge (MUHC)
Organizers: The Montreal General Hospital Foundation and the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC)
Goal: To design a low-cost, simple, easy-to-use and easy-to-build ventilator that can serve COVID-19 patients, in an emergency timeframe.
Outcome: Three finalists will be selected and their designs will be available to download for free. Award: CAD $200,000
Source: Startup Health- Call for COVID-19 Innovation (Startup Health)
Goal: Provide investment to innovators from around the world working on direct or indirect solutions for mitigating, managing or treating coronavirus or future pandemics.
StartUp Health is launching an open call for innovation as part of our Cure Disease Moonshot and putting the full support of the StartUp Health platform and network behind bringing your innovations to the world.
Apply here to schedule a meeting with the StartUp Health team.
Source: Call for innovative solutions to help fight the impacts of COVID-19 – Ontario Government (Ontario Government)
Call for solutions to help the Ontario Government tack these three challenges:
Submit your proposed solution here.
Source: Low-cost sensor system for patient monitoring – Innovation Solutions Canada (NRC)
Organizer: National Research Council of Canada (NRC)
The NRC is seeking a low-cost system (unit cost <$20) that can continuously measure temperature, peripheral capillary oxygen saturation (SpO2), blood pressure (BP) and pulse rate, and transmit this information wirelessly to a base station thereby allowing monitoring of ambulatory patients in locales including ERs, general wards, and homes.
Funding Mechanism: Grant
Opening date: January 27, 2020
Closing date: April 16, 2020, 14:00 Eastern Daylight Time
Prospective applicants should refer to the Innovative Solutions Canada Grant Instructions and Procedures document.
Products: Ventilators, masks, sanitation, swabs and testing, globes, eye protection, gowns and covers, hospital beds, reagent/consumable
Products: Disposable N95 masks, disposable surgical masks, nitrile gloves, vinyl gloves, gowns, bottles of hand sanitizer
Services: Guard/security services, nursing services, food services, laundry services, accommodation maintenance services, personal services, IT support services
If you can say yes to the following, the Government of Canada wants to hear from you:
Please send a short summary of your offer to firstname.lastname@example.org