Government of Ontario’s Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist (OCHIS), administered by Ontario Centres of Excellence
Health Technologies Fund
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The HTF has two types of projects, tailored to the readiness level of the innovative solution.
- Pre-Market Evaluation
- Early Adoption
University of Guelph will be a Third Party Provider or Other Party on all applications, with a publicly funded health service provider the lead on the application.
The HTF is designed to encourage applications from Health Innovation Teams (HITs) in evaluating and demonstrating innovative technologies in health care settings across the province. HITs are interdisciplinary and collaborative teams made up of:
- Applicant: One or more provider(s) of publicly funded health service provider (HSP). Eligible health care system applicants include (but are not limited to) family health teams, community care providers, long-term care homes, and hospitals. The HSPs define the problem statement and commits to providing the health care setting in which the innovative technology will be evaluated, including patient engagement, clinicians and operations support, and procurement expertise.
- Technology partner: An Ontario-based, for-profit health technology business providing an innovative solution to the problem statement. Partners may be of any size or stage (start-up, small- to medium-sized enterprise, and multinational enterprise) with a research and development, and/or manufacturing presence in Ontario.
- Third-Party Evaluation Provider: Ontario-based evaluation team with expertise in technology adoption and diffusion, design and implementation, and health economics. The evaluation component of the project should support the development of a plan to support wider-scale procurement and/or adoption of the technology in Ontario.
- Other partners:other partners such as community based associations and advocacy groups are strongly recommended. In addition, HITs are strongly encouraged to engage one or more Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) partners, who can provide sector expertise to ensure project development and implementation meets sector and local needs. If the LHIN is not already a partner, projects are encouraged to gain a letter of endorsement from their respective LHIN as part of their application.
Maximum Project Value
Pre-Market Evaluation projects will support up to 50 per cent of the eligible project cash costs up to a maximum amount of $500,000 for a term of up to 24 months.
Early Adoption projects will support up to 50 per cent of the eligible project cash costs up to a maximum amount of $1,000,000 for a term of up to 24 months.
- Applicants/Project Contributors must contribute the remaining 50 per cent of eligible project cash costs as a minimum requirement.
- Funding for the projects will be released to the Applicant Organization (health care provider) that will be responsible for reimbursing their project partner(s).
- Flow of Funds: Funding for the project will be released to the Applicant Organization (health care provider) that will be responsible for reimbursing their project partner(s). Upon project activation, 25 per cent of funding will be released. Further payments will be reimbursed upon receipt and approval of expenditure reports. Note: the percentage of reimbursement is based on the percentage of the HTF contributions in relation to the total project value.
Please submit your Expression of Interest (EOI) directly to OCE. If invited to the full proposal stage, please contact the Office of Research immediately at email@example.com. ORS will require a completed OR-5 and full application with budget one week prior to submission of the full proposal to OCE.
How to Apply
Application to HTF is a two-stage process, consisting of:
- Expressions of Interest (EOI)
- Full proposal (invitation only)
To begin the EOI submission process, please complete a “Client Intake Form”. An OCE Business Development Manager (BD) or the Innovation Procurement Manager (IPM) will contact you to discuss the opportunity and assist you with the initiating and developing of the EOI. The BD and/or IPM will maintain oversight responsibility for the OCE components of any approved project.
Information For Co-applicants
If you need to meet a deadline set by the lead institution for this opportunity, please ensure that you provide the Office of Research with at least five days in advance of the lead institution’s deadline to review the application, or your proposed component of the project. Please be in touch with the Office of Research (contact information below) ahead of the deadline if it looks like it will be difficult for you to submit all the required documentation on time (i.e. budget, proposal, OR-5 Form).