CABHI (Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation)
COVID-19 has created extremely challenging circumstances for point-of-care staff who work with older adults and persons with dementia. Throughout 2020, healthcare workers – especially those working in congregate-care environments – have been relied upon to use their expertise and creative problem-solving abilities to protect the health and wellbeing of the aging population.
Spark-ON seeks applications for projects that accomplish one of the following two objectives:
- Developing and/or testing your own novel innovative solution at your own organization.
- Scaling your own solution to one or more collaborating organizations.
Spark-ON seeks applicant who work at a healthcare delivery organization located in Ontario and are one of the following:
- Frontline care staff, including:
- Healthcare professionals
- Allied health professionals
- Personal support workers
- Certified nursing assistants
- Support staff (for example, dietary aides or housekeepers)
- Home healthcare aides
- Clinical care manager
- Person who directly manages clinical care delivery
- Clinical researcher
- Person who conducts applied or translational research in a care setting
Proposed solutions must:
- Clearly address clearly at least one of CABHI’s four Spark-ON priority themes
- Be sufficiently innovative, meaning that the solution purposely differs from existing solutions
- Represent Intellectual Property that belongs to the host organization, the applicant, or a combination thereof
- Focus on the development, testing, and/or scaling of an innovative solution at a healthcare delivery organization located in Ontario
- Be completed, reasonably, in a maximum of 12 months
- Not involve basic research, primarily academic goals, subsidizing existing programs or initiatives at the host organization, capital investment, pharmaceutical trials, or incubators for startups
To be considered for funding, your proposed solution must address one or more of the COVID-19-related senior care priority themes.
CABHI plans to fund up to 20 projects through this program.
Maximum Project Value
Up to 50,000 CAD.
The Spark-ON program funds projects scheduled to occur over 12 months, starting March 1, 2021.
Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page.
If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.
Register here for the webinar on December 2, 2020 at 12:00pm ET to learn more about how to submit a successful application. Topics will include: keys to a successful proposal; how to submit a proposal through the online portal; funding allocation; and responsibility for reporting.
How to Apply
For more details on how to apply, eligibility guidelines and evaluation criteria, please view the program guide.