Please find below a listing of funding opportunities and resources to support COVID-19 research:
The Digital Technology Supercluster is leading the development of solutions to some of the biggest issues created by COVID-19. The COVID-19 Program is focused on unlocking solutions to protect the health and safety of all Canadians and our economy through the development, deployment, and scaling of digital technologies.
Have a project idea? We want to hear from you.
For more information on the Digital Technology Supercluster’s COVID-19 Program and project eligibility, please review the program guide.
The Program will focus on five pressing needs:
Technologies that support our health systems, hospitals and healthcare workers to effectively manage resources to provide high quality care to patients.
Technology solutions that enable Canadians, their families and friends to access to care in their communities, in their homes and/or in remote locations, and to connect and support each other.
Enabling technologies for Canadians to live safely and securely, and to access the support and resources they need, whether at home or at work.
Platforms that support sharing of data, research and scientific developments and for support clinical trials in the drive to discover and deploy new vaccines, diagnostic tests and therapies for COVID- 19.
Tools and technologies that can be used to predict, plan and respond to any subsequent COVID-19 waves and other crises situations.
THANK YOU to the dozens of organizations that have brought ideas forward so far. Your leadership on this is what Canada needs now.
We are ready for this and we know you are too.
Please email Digital Technology Supercluster COVID-19 Program Team.
If you are a scientist at an academic institution currently working on a COVID-19 related project and in need of funding, this call is for you. Fast Grants are $10K-$500K and decisions are being made in less than 48 hours. Payments to university are made instantly as soon as you are awarded the grant.
- A PI at an academic institution
- Already working on a project that could help with COVID-19 pandemic within the next 6 months
- In need of additional funding to support the project
What can funds be used for?
Funds should be used solely to expedite COVID-19 related science. Grant recipients have complete discretion over how they’d like to spend the money.
- Prefer cheap projects (so that dollars can go further) and will yield results quickly
- Rolling applications – first funding decisions will be made Sunday April 12. Subsequent decisions will be made within 48 hours.
- Must used grant money for COVID-19 related science
- You will need to send monthly updates for 6 months summarizing your progress – can be as simple as a single paragraph email
- Must upload all manuscripts reporting work supported by this grant to a preprint server
- In line with the Gates Foundation policy, will pay at most 10% overhead
Please contact Ingrid Qemo at Ingrid.Qemo@uwindsor.ca if you plan to apply.
Ontario Together is welcoming help from businesses, researchers and organizations who can supply emergency products and innovative solutions to support Ontario’s response to COVID-19.
THE NEED FOR SUPPLIES
If your business or organization can provide medical products such as ventilators, swabs, masks and eye protection click here!
WHAT DOES ONTARIO NEED?
- Your Innovation! Do you have a solution for? Tell them your solution here!
- Virtual mental health services for vulnerable populations
- Supply chain resiliency monitoring
- Financial planning or advising for small business at a low-cost
- Remote learning for elementary/secondary students
- Your Ideas! If you have ideas, products or services that could help Ontarians tell them your ideas here!
Ontario has dedicated $50M to support submission that can go into action quickly. This Fund will help companies retool, build capacity or adopt technological changes needed to produce supplies and equipment for hospitals, long-term care home and other critical public services.
THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA ALSO NEEDS PRODUCTS/SERVICES: Find out what they need here
If you need help making an online submission, call 1-888-777-0554
InfoEd Global is provides an online database of international COVID-19 funding opportunities and resources. Click on the link below to access the InforEd Global database.
As the landscape around COVID-19 continues to change, our priority of supporting global public health remains steadfast.
In response to the Government of Canada’s and provinces’ announcements of funding to quickly mobilize researchers and companies to combat COVID-19, Mitacs is making a number of short-term changes to our business operations.
For a limited time, small- and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) responding to federal and provincial requests can solve COVID-19 research and development challenges with academic expertise, enhanced leveraged funding, and one-to-one support from Mitacs.
Through Mitacs, companies can access our Accelerate internships. They start at four months, with a modular model that allows for larger projects. For COVID-19-related work, the financial contribution may be eligible to start at $3,750, which turns into a $15,000 research award through our funding. In addition, the applications will be given priority treatment to ensure a quick start to the project and in the hopes of meeting this extraordinary challenge to Canadians. Note that opportunities also exist for virtual interaction between participants.
For more information, please contact Wilson Luo (email@example.com) or 226-787-4096.
This program builds teams to address challenges requiring further research and development for solutions to meet COVID-19 related needs. The NRC will build these teams drawing on internal-to-government capacity and academic researchers who register using the link below to indicate their interest, and related areas of expertise and capabilities.
The NRC will receive $15M to form dedicated teams to address challenges in the areas of greatest research and development (R&D) need in the fight against COVID-19. The NRC Pandemic Response Challenge Program will accelerate the development of diagnostics and medical countermeasures for a rapid front-line response to protect and treat Canadians. This national vehicle will convene the best Canadian and international researchers from academia and small and medium-sized businesses to collectively accelerate R&D to address specific COVID-19 gaps and challenges as identified by Canadian health experts. The Pandemic Response Challenge Program is currently structured around 3 main research areas:
- Rapid detection and diagnosis
- Therapeutics and vaccine development; and
- Digital health.
Researchers at Canadian and international universities, government departments, colleges, and highly innovative firms with relevant expertise can now register their interest to work with us on these challenges by clicking the Register Now link below.
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. Over the coming weeks, we will post the specific R&D challenges, send information to registered researchers, and invite them to indicate the expertise and capabilities they can bring to a team.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ontario-based industries and academic institutions are coming together to form strategies and provide support for this ongoing global crisis. As such, the work that needs to be done in advanced manufacturing, bioinformatics, molecular modelling, vaccine development and epidemiology demands considerable computational capacity.
The SOSCIP COVID-19 Response aims to provide rapid access to high-performance computing (HPC) resources on our advanced computing platforms. Through industry-academic partnerships, compute space for collaborators committed to responding to COVID-19 will be fast-tracked, and successful applicants will be rapidly launched onto the compute systems.
See infographic below on the details of how to proceed with an application.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you will be submitting an application to this opportunity and/or if you have any questions.
PSI COVID-19 Research Stream
PSI Foundation invites all eligible clinician researchers to apply for this special funding stream.
How to Apply
We will manage these application through our Health Research Funding stream. We will fast-track the processing of COVID-19 applications and aim for full review at our June 2020 Grants Committee meeting. Please submit your applications as soon as possible.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are very happy to assist.
As part of the larger pan-government response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program is participating in a multi-departmental initiative seeking innovative solutions to help in the fight.
In support of members of the Canadian Armed Forces and the public safety community, these challenges were designed to strengthen Canada's ability to anticipate, prepare for, and respond to future pandemics, as well as other emergencies such as natural disasters or terrorist attacks.
The below challenges are focused on improving disease tracking and likely exposure to COVID-19 using data analytics as well as making sure those on the front lines have a safe operating environment through a combination of better decontamination technology and improved personal protective equipment.
The following challenges are now available:
Innovators will have until June 23, 2020 to submit their proposals to the IDEaS program.
To apply, visit Canada.ca/Defence-Ideas.
Please note that the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has temporarily suspended its Exceptional Opportunities Fund – COVID-19
The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is pleased to publish the call for proposals for the Exceptional Opportunities Fund – COVID-19 competition.
In this competition, the CFI aims to support urgent infrastructure needs for ongoing research related to COVID-19. The EOF – COVID-19 competition will be open for proposals from all disciplines. Projects submitted through this competition should include a compelling case on how the infrastructure component is an indispensable element of a current research project related to COVID-19.
The CFI will invest up to $25 million for this competition. As an exception to our usual competitions, the CFI will cover up to 100 percent of the eligible costs of each project.
Institutions can submit their proposals between
June 1, 2020, and June 15, 2020 Temporarily Suspended, in the CFI Awards Management System (CAMS).
During that time, the CFI will receive proposals up to a total value of $31.25 million (125 percent of the available budget). Once that limit is reached, the competition will close and the application module will no longer be available in CAMS. Please send any questions you may have to EOF-COVID19@innovation.ca.
Funding is for the purchase of research infrastructure.
The researchers listed in the proposal must be:
- Recognized leaders in areas of research related to COVID-19;
- Currently engaged in research or technology development activities related to COVID-19 that are innovative, feasible and meet international standards.
Eligible institutions can submit proposals requesting between $200,000 and $1.5 million from the CFI.
If you are interested in applying, please contact Nicole Noël in ORIS as soon as possible.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has posed unprecedented challenges globally. While much needed focus to date has been on developing and testing effective countermeasures to control the spread of the virus, examining the longer-term impacts of the pandemic—and the ensuing economic slowdown—on individuals, businesses and communities is just as important.
Social sciences and humanities research, including Indigenous research, both in disciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches, can help shed light on the nature of these impacts. It can also build knowledge on the potential strategies for managing recovery efforts, addressing inequalities in our societies, and building resilience to handle later waves of the pandemic as well as other emergencies.
Working in partnership with government, industry and not-for-profit organizations, researchers from across the social sciences and humanities can help provide the data, insight and evidence to guide action in the months and years to come.
There are a wide range of ways social sciences and humanities researchers can contribute: from highlighting the lessons of history, to probing individual and group behaviour, to exploring possible responses in policy and practice in all sectors.
SSHRC encourages projects in, but not limited to, the following themes:
- Understanding the differentiated social impacts of a pandemic, like COVID-19, using gender-based analysis, or by analyzing its political and economic effects at a regional, national or global scale.
- Designing and implementing effective and equitable recovery measures, such as fiscal and monetary policies, supply chain management measures, and social protection and employment creation initiatives.
- Building longer-term resilience and disaster preparedness, for instance, by learning from Indigenous knowledge systems, developing new emergency, public communication and work environment plans, or by rethinking communal and pedagogical approaches, artistic models and rituals.
Through Partnership Engage Grants (PEG), the PEG COVID-19 Special Initiative provides short-term and timely support for small-scale, stakeholder-driven partnerships. It will allow researchers and their partners to address urgent and specific needs, challenges or opportunities through collaborations. It will also provide a unique opportunity to foster a knowledge exchange on COVID-19 crisis related issues, challenges and impacts between postsecondary researchers and different sectors of society, including graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and other highly qualified personnel.
Value and duration
SSHRC is committed to investing up to $1.5 million over the next two PEG competitions to support COVID-19 related projects, at a maximum amount of $25,000 per project for one year.
PEG COVID-19 Special Initiative applications are subject to the general PEG eligibility requirements.
Application process and deadlines
Applicants must complete the PEG application form, and follow the accompanying instructions, as outlined in the PEG funding opportunity description.
SSHRC will accept applications for the PEG COVID-19 Special Initiative for the following deadlines:
- June 15, 2020
- September 15, 2020
In their application form, applicants must:
- Insert the prefix “COVID-19” in the application title;
- under Keywords, include “COVID-19;” and
- under the “Goal and project description” section of the application, demonstrate that the proposed project pertains to related issues, challenges or impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
April – May 8, 2020
Notice of intent
May 11, 2020
May 25, 2020*
June 15, 2020, 4 PM*
September 1, 2020
Grant start date (anticipated)
*Applications received past ORIS deadlines may not be approved and forwarded to SSHRC.
For more information
Program: Research Grants on Education: COVID-19 Related Special Grant – June 2020
Sponsor: Spencer Foundation
What’s it for?
- The COVID-19 Related Research Grants support education research projects that will contribute to understanding the rapid shifts in education in this time of crisis and change. The Spencer Foundation is especially interested in supporting two primary categories of projects. First, they are interested in supporting studies that aim to understand and disrupt the reproduction and deepening of educational inequality caused by the COVID-19 crisis. Second, they also recognize that in times of great disruption and change, there may be opportunities to remake and imagine anew forms of equitable education. Thus, we they also interested in research projects that are working to reimagine educational opportunities in these times. Review funding opportunity description for complete details.
- Proposals to this program must be for academic research projects that aim to study education. Proposals for activities other than research are not eligible (e.g., program evaluations, professional development, curriculum development, scholarships, capital projects).
Value & duration: Up to $50,000 USD for projects ranging from 1 to 3 years. Budgets proposed must be in U.S. dollars.
COVID-19 considerations: Consider UWindsor’s COVID-19 Research & Innovation Guidance when crafting your research proposal. See especially the Research Ethics section.
Deadline: June 8, 2020
If you are interested in applying for this funding opportunity, contact Natasha Wiebe as soon as possible.
The Canadian Medical Association Foundation and the Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine have come together to support family physicians in their efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The result is the Covid-19 Pandemic Response and Impact Grant Program (Co-RIG). This program will be deployed in two phases. Phase I will target immediate and short-term innovations that maximize the effectiveness of care for patients, while guarding the safety of health workers, leading to a rapid, front-line response to protect and treat everyone in Canada.
A request for proposals for Phase II will be issued in the coming months. The second phase of funding will focus on innovations and initiatives that prepare family medicine to cope with the challenges related to the pandemic in the long term, be it by scaling up existing innovations, responding to a resurgence of COVID-19 or preparing for other threats to human health and well-being.
Successful Phase I applicants will not be excluded from applying to Phase II Co-RIG funding.
Applications are due June 4, 2020 at 4pm ET.
Context and Guidelines
The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting the health and economic well-being of nations on a scale that has not been seen for more than a century. The response to such a threat must be rapid and effective in order to minimize the harmful impact of a virus that is both highly transmissible and lethal. The family medicine response to COVID-19 must support innovation that targets and protects highly vulnerable populations, such as the elderly, those with chronic conditions, and the homeless, amongst others.
Consistent with their role as front line care providers, family physicians are uniquely positioned to respond to COVID-19 through practice innovations that are both preventive and therapeutic. Similarly, as care givers for all, and for all conditions, family physicians must respond to both the direct and indirect health impacts of COVID-19. At all times, and especially at times of pandemic crisis, family physicians play an integrative health system role, working with public health officials and other health care professionals to ensure patients and populations receive safe medical care. As well, the Family Medicine professional profile emphasizes adaptation, wherein family physicians draw on their generalist competencies to respond to rapidly changing patient needs and care settings.
Co-RIG Program Phase I supports practice innovations that reduce the direct or indirect harms of COVID-19. Direct efforts include innovations that prevent the spread of COVID-19 and/or mitigate negative patient/population outcomes related to COVID-19. Indirect efforts include innovations that are targeted to non-COVID-19 health conditions, such as the negative health outcomes associated with neglected chronic disease and ancillary mental and social effects caused by the pandemic crisis.
Phase I will target family practice innovative interventions that can be implemented rapidly or have been recently implemented, and that are likely to have a measurable, positive impact on patients and/or populations within 6 months of the start of funding. Funding will:
- Support family physicians and health care teams as they work to contain COVID-19 transmission, improve clinical outcomes for those infected, and protect front-line health care workers, while continuing to attend to the other urgent health needs of the population.
- Target high impact innovations that respond to the direct and indirect effects of COVID-19.
The Co-RIG program is not a research program, although an evaluation plan must be part of the proposal. The emphasis is on innovation and potential for high impact, rather than methodologic rigor and knowledge creation. Program funding will support efforts that improve health care for patients in individual family practices, as well as larger proposals that engage multiple practices, scale up successful interventions or aim to benefit the population more broadly.
Proposed innovations and practice changes may take a variety of forms. These include, but are not limited to: therapeutic techniques; procedural practice changes; new patient and community outreach programs/technologies; EMR enhancements and analysis; developing new tracking and monitoring devices; redeploying medical and non-medical staff; enhanced communication with other care providers.
For more information, visit COVID-19 Pandemic Response and Impact Grant Program (Co-RIG) – Phase I Request for Proposals
NSERC supports over 11,000 world-class researchers across Canada, and we fund their research collaborations with over 4,000 companies. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NSERC is leveraging the expertise of researchers in natural science and engineering and their partners across Canada to address this unprecedented crisis.
NSERC is providing up to $15 million in total support to stimulate collaborations between academic researchers and the public and not-for-profit sectors, and industry to address pandemic-related research and technical challenges. Support for up to $50,000 for one-year projects is being made available immediately.
NSERC will process these applications in an accelerated fashion. Partners do not need to provide cash contributions to participate, but must be engaged throughout the research process, from input in design to using the expertise and/or the research results.
Please visit the NSERC Alliance COVID-19 grants webpage for more information.
MAKING THE SHIFT
Youth Homelessness Social Innovation Hub
Making the Shift Youth Homelessness Social Innovation Hub is seeking proposals for innovative and original research projects that address the implications of COVID-19 on youth homelessness. Proposed projects should generate knowledge that will inform our current response to the pandemic, the recovery phase, and the future of our response to youth homelessness, and in particular the necessity of making the shift to prevention.
Successful proposals should be designed to begin as soon as possible after notification of award. Submissions may be entered by an individual or a team. Priority will be given to projects that have strong partnerships and include people with lived experience of youth homelessness.
Matching funds in the form of cash or in-kind contributions are encouraged from the University of Windsor and any community partner organizations, and should be confirmed by letters of support from each contributing organization.
Potential Areas of Focus include, but are not limited to:
- Challenges that youth at risk of or experiencing homelessness in Canada face during a pandemic. Do vulnerable sub-populations (e.g., young people with disabilities, Indigenous youth) face unique challenges?
- Prevention measures (e.g., quick access to housing, family and natural supports, mental health support, interpersonal violence prevention, evictions prevention) to be researched should there be a second wave. What measures or changes to services or models of delivery occurred during the first phase that should be sustained?
- Legal and justice implications of Canada’s COVID-19 response for young people at risk of or experiencing homelessness.
- Impacts of the ban on eviction orders on young people, and what happened during the transition period to post-isolation? What supports are necessary for hazardously housed youth to avoid homelessness in the future and in the context of future pandemics?
- In the context of the recovery phase of the pandemic, what should our response to youth homelessness look like?
Value: Applicants can apply for a grant of up to $40,000
Duration: 12 months
Deadline: Monday May 25th, 2020 at 12pm EST
Eligibility: Open to researchers in Canada that are linked to an institution that is eligible to hold Tri-Council funding.
Please refer to the application guidelines here
How to Apply:
Complete 1) 1000-word proposal; and 2) Excel budget template provided near the bottom of the website and submit via the APPLICATION PORTAL. An official letter of support is required to confirm any cash or in-kind contributions from the University of Windsor. Please note the application portal does not save your information and make sure to have all your information on hand when you’re preparing the portal submission.
Please notify Natasha Wiebe, ORIS if you are intending on applying, and if you have questions on the funding opportunity or the letter of support required to confirm any cash or in-kind contributions from the University of Windsor. Please provide Natasha with an ORIS form (signed by you, your area head, and dean) and a copy of the submitted grant application.
DESCRIPTION/ RESEARCH AREAS
This funding opportunity is part of Government of Canada's continued rapid response to address the health challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will enable rapid and timely research responsive to the current phase of COVID-19 pandemic in Canada and around the globe, which is focused on slowing and stopping the spread of SARS-CoV-2, including but not limited to:
- understanding the underlying pathophysiology and immunological response;
- developing and testing therapeutics, vaccines and diagnostics;
- providing evidence for best care strategies to those who are suffering from severe disease;
- creating evidence-based policies to support health workers and health systems as well as those designated as essential services, in coping with the significant burden posed by COVID-19; and
- ongoing, adaptive social and public health responses.
Funding is also available for observational studies, implementation science or other relevant study designs to scale-up promising existing projects, reorient current research or platforms, or initiate new rapid response research that can be initiated immediately upon successful application of funds, to address COVID-19 in one of more of the following research areas.
Understanding the safety, efficacy, effectiveness, ethics, and implementation of:
- Vaccines, diagnostics, or therapeutics, such as but not limited to:
- Examine the enhanced immune disease and Antibody Dependent Enhancement (ADE) aspects of safety of vaccines
- Testing existing therapeutics to prevent and treat COVID-19 infection
- Point of care diagnostics that can be applied at home and/or in remote locations
- Correlates of protection based on sero-surveillance testing data for COVID-19 infection
- Optimization and testing of convalescent sera or other passive antibody transfer protocols
- Clinical management and health system interventions, such as but not limited to:
- resource allocation decision-making, including access to equipment such as ventilators and personal protective equipment (PPE) as well as therapeutics
- interventions to plan for, expand on, or redress surge capacity as well as organization of care, and the healthcare workforce
- management of COVID-19 in cases with co-morbidities such as diabetes or cardiorespiratory conditions
- access to and implementation of timely and relevant clinical management approaches, such as virtual care and related guidelines or non-hospitalized care of cases, including in remote locations or Indigenous communities
- infection prevention and control measures
- interventions and strategies to mitigate the impact on non-COVID care
- population level genomics that determine COVID-19 differences in susceptibility and severity
- Social, policy, and public health responses and related indirect consequences, such as but not limited to:
- population-level containment strategies such as physical distancing, quarantine, and travel restrictions
- public health communications and citizen engagement
- impacts of external decisions/measures on self-determination and self-governance of Indigenous Peoples (First Nations, Inuit and Métis)
- scale-up of systems for assessment and diagnostics testing and follow-up
- real-time data development and design for predictive or forecasting models and observational studies that inform policy-making
The maximum amount per grant that can be requested for clinical trial research is $5,000,000 over 1 year.
The maximum amount per grant that can be requested for all other types of research is $2,500,000 over 1 year.
Please note that the budget amounts have been set at these levels to allow for adequate funding of some of the research projects that could be submitted. However, it is expected that most budgets will be significantly lower than these maximums. All budgets will be subject to rigorous analysis to ensure applicants are requesting appropriate funds for their research.
Partnership approaches, either in-kind or financial, to increase the budget available to projects and/or maximize the impact and reach is encouraged; however, they are not mandatory.
Applications due: May 11, 2020
Notifications: June 2, 2020
Funding Start: May 1, 2020
Please inform Ingrid Qemo at ORIS of your intent to apply. Please prepare to submit an ORIS form and draft of the application by May 4, 2020 to Ingrid for review as well.
CIHR Operating Grant: Knowledge Synthesis: COVID-19 in Mental Health and Substance Use (Knowledge Synthesis Grant: COVID-19 Rapid Research Funding Opportunity in Mental Health and Substance Use)
Due to the nature of this funding opportunity and the quick turnaround time, please contact Ingrid Qemo to notify her of your intent to apply so that material may be reviewed in a timely manner.
Application Deadline: May 7, 2020
Anticipated Notice of Decision: May 22, 2020
Funding Start Date: May 1, 2020
$2,000,000 available to fund up to 40 grants. Amount may increase if additional partners participate.
**Maximum amount per grant is $50,000 over 6 months**
Partnership approaches (in-kind or cash) are encouraged, but not necessary.
The specific objectives of this funding opportunity are:
- To address evidence gaps and build the evidence base for the mental health and substance use response to COVID-19.
- To provide current evidence on mental health services needs, delivery and related guidelines, practice and issues, placed in the COVID-19 context (e.g. effective virtual service delivery models, or other models of care).
- To provide decision makers with high quality, timely, accessible and relevant evidence that responds to a priority need in a short period of time.
Eligible research areas include (but are not limited to):
- Knowledge translation approaches, practices and platforms applied to inform both population-level and targeted mental health and substance use responses during the pandemic. This includes resilience and wellness responses/approaches;
- Population-based interventions to reduce potential mental health and substance use impacts of COVID-19 caused by factors including but not limited to: prolonged periods of social isolation, unexpected employment disruptions, school closures, financial distress, and changes to routine;
- Targeted interventions to address the mental health and substance use issues and needs of high-risk groups;
- Innovative surveillance and monitoring in both the general Canadian population and amongst high-risk groups to assess mental health and substance use needs and system transformations (including the use of learning health systems, other modes of service delivery (e.g., virtual care), alternate remuneration models, etc.).
Proposals are encouraged to consider priority populations that may face unique contexts during this time.
It is expected that knowledge synthesis will:
- Critically assess the state of knowledge related to mental health and substance use from a variety of sources;
- Identify knowledge strengths and gaps, including applicability and/or transferability to the current pandemic context; and
- Use effective knowledge mobilization methods to facilitate the sharing of research findings with multisectoral stakeholders.
For more detailed information please click here.
Funded by FedDev Ontario, the EPIC Nimble Program is launched in partnership with WEtech Alliance and WindsorEssex Small Business Centre (SBC) to support existing traditional small businesses currently facing challenges in their businesses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This program will support participants looking to adopt technology to either create new revenue streams or to pivot to a new business model in order to achieve sustainability and stay competitive in the fast-changing marketplace.
Benefits of the Program
The program is valued at over $6000 in cash and services, which includes:
- Up to $4,000 in grant funding on eligible services (see Funding and Eligible Expenses section)
- Tech development work
- One-on-one mentorship through WEtech Alliance
- Access to the EPIC Legal Triage team on legal and intellectual property related questions
- Access to SBC’s programs and services
- Access to WEtech’s client perks on eligible discounts and credits on various cloud platforms and software
The program is open to any existing for-profit small business in the Windsor Essex region with at least two years of operation. Eligible applicants must propose an innovative idea, describing how the idea can help their businesses achieve sustainability or to gain competitive advantage in the marketplace by adopting technology.
- April 13th, 2020 – Application Opens
- April 30th, 2020 – Application Closes
- May 11th, 2020 – Successful Applicants Notified
- November 30th, 2020 – Program Ends (projects may start anytime after May 8th but must complete before November 30th)
Funding and Eligible Expenses
Successful participants will receive up to $4,000 in grants that must be used towards the proposed project. Participants will meet with EPICentre Program Lead to finalize the budget. The use of funds must be directly related to the proposed project. The following is a list of eligible expenses:
- Tech development costs, including hiring of UWindsor students or consultants in the area of expertise identified
- Marketing costs
- Equipment, software, materials and supplies
- Legal costs
**At least 50% of the grant must be used in tech development activities
Terms and Conditions
By completing and submitting this application, applicants agree to:
- Be entered into EPICentre’s database and receive relevant information in the future (can opt-out later)
- Be included in any promotional material and news article published by EPICentre and partners
- Respect the final decision made by Selection Committee.
If approved, participants agree to:
- Meet with assigned mentor to review the project scope, set project milestones and review progress of the project as required
- Sign up as WEtech Alliance’s client (free)
- Review and finalize project budget with EPICentre’s Program Lead
- Participate in prescribed workshops, seminars and events
- Be connected with potential students and tech experts in the area of expertise needed
- Report relevant metrics to EPICentre for reporting purpose up to three years after completion of the program
The Ontario government is providing rapid research funding to contribute to global efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic
Applicants are invited to submit proposals that:
- Contribute to the global response to the COVID-19 outbreak to mitigate the rapid spread of COVID-19 and its potential negative consequences;
- Provide evidence to inform clinical and public health response (including, but not limited to research in medical, social and policy countermeasures), and/or inform decision-making and planning at the provincial, national and international levels;
- Are highly feasible with immediately achievable and important results; and,
- Are supported by the Vice President of Research, CEO or Scientific Director at the applicant’s institution.
Institutions must have submitted proposals through the Ontario Together Portal first before submitting MCU funding applications to this Fund.
- Proposals should be submitted to Ideas Section of Ontario Together portal (https://www.ontario.ca/form/submit-your-ideas-to-help-fight-coronavirus)
- The project title should start with the words: “MCU Research Proposal:”
- The institution name should be included in the portal submission.
Institutions must submit full MCU funding applications within seven (7) days of having received the MCU application form from the Ministry. The Ministry will confirm this date to the applicant/institution at the time it provides the applicant/institution with the application form for this Fund via email.
See section on Application Submission Requirements of these guidelines.
The earliest a project can start is January 1, 2020. Expenditures are eligible from the project start date, which is January 1, 2020.
The Fund will pay up to 100% of the requested eligible direct operating costs (including salaries and benefits and limited costs, which include up to 10% for facilities and equipment, and up to 10% for management and administration), as well as a portion of indirect (overhead) costs (up to 40%). The program's contribution is inclusive of both direct and indirect cost support.
The Ministry does not have a maximum funding ask per grant and will consider all funding requests on a case by case basis. This Fund does not have a match component. However, where applicable, applicants should outline whether the proposed project is co-funded by any other funding agency.
Funding is open, on a competitive basis, to members of the research community and must be endorsed by the Vice President of Research, CEO or Scientific Director at the applicant’s institution. For-profit organizations and agencies of for-profit entities are not considered eligible and cannot apply for, or receive, funding. All decisions regarding eligibility will be made by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities at its sole discretion.
Funds contributed for approved projects are disbursed to the lead applicant institution. In all instances, funding contributed by the Fund for projects must be directed to the eligible research institution(s) in Ontario and expended in Ontario.
Note: Although Clinical Trials are not an eligible expense under this Fund, funding can be used for costs related to personnel and testing involved in a clinical trial.
The City of Windsor is offering an enhanced funding round for the Arts, Culture & Heritage Fund (ACHF) grant program in response to COVID-19. The evolving pandemic crisis is having a significant impact on the creative community – those working in the local arts, culture and heritage sector that help shape a vibrant city.
Independent musicians who rely on income from performances at restaurants, bars and nightclubs have cancelled engagements as small businesses close their doors in the interest of public safety. Theatre, dance and music-based productions, art and history exhibitions, book launches, workshops, summer camps and classes as far out as July and August of 2020 are being postponed or cancelled..
Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens and City Council recognize the municipality has an opportunity to provide tangible support for the creative community at this time, while also giving Windsorites a renewed sense of pride during this crisis.
The City is re-launching the ACHF grant program to offer support to local artists affected by COVID-19, while supporting projects that will have a positive impact on all residents navigating social distancing at home during this time.
The ACHF COVID-19 Enhanced Funding Round will be administered as follows:
- Available funding: $60,000
- Maximum funding per applicant: $1,000
- Minimum funding per applicant: $500
- Who is eligible to apply: Local musicians, comedians, storytellers, dancers, singers, theatre artists, poets, filmmakers, visual artists, designers, and artisans (if you received ACHF funding in 2020 Round 1, you are still eligible to apply)
- What projects are eligible: 45-60 minute live streams of performances including music/theatre/spoken word/poetry/storytelling, short films, visual art projects, and online classes/workshops/tutorials that all have a live component that allows them to be shared widely with the community; also non-live projects that can be accessed, downloaded, shared, etc. by residents virtually
- Application phase: Applications will be accepted online only at www.achfwindsor.ca from Friday, April 17, 2020 to Friday, April 24, 2020
- Public presentation phase: Works must be available/presented to the public between May 1, 2020 and June 30, 2020
- Where will works be presented: Online, on streaming platforms and social media sites, and through partnership with the City of Windsor’s Cultural Affairs office; all using the #WindsorStaysCreative hashtag; non-live activities (i.e. downloadable arts resources) will be hosted on our ACHF web section
- Who to contact for support:
- Cathy Masterson, Manager of Cultural Affairs at email@example.com
“Windsor has a proud history of investment in our arts, culture and heritage creative community,” said Mayor Drew Dilkens. “Now more than ever, as we struggle to remain connected while socially distant, our local artists need us as much as we need them. The results will be shareable positive stories and experiences for our entire community to engage with over the coming months.”
Individuals and organizations are encouraged to apply online at www.achfwindsor.ca.
Backgrounder: Additional support for the creative community during COVID-19
The City is encouraging residents to support our local creative community at this time. The Culture section of the City’s website includes Creative Community COVID-19 Resources linking local creatives with municipal, provincial and federal resources to help during this challenging time. Additionally, Mayor Dilkens expanded on the #YQGStandsStrong initiative to target community support towards our creative community by encouraging residents to:
- participate in an online art class;
- set up a commission with an artist;
- donate the value of a show or experience ticket back to the artist or organization;
- share resources, galleries and links to artists, and buy artwork online;
- purchase gift cards for use with local artists/groups;
- participate in live streams (concerts, exhibit openings, sing-alongs, poetry readings) that showcase the arts; and
- share stories of our favourite artists, groups, spaces or experiences online.
About the Arts, Culture & Heritage Fund (ACHF) grant program
The City of Windsor’s Arts, Culture & Heritage Fund (ACHF) invests the soul of our City by providing financial assistance to locally developed arts, culture and heritage projects that provide exciting, surprising and meaningful opportunities to strengthen our creative community. This funding initiative supports the City of Windsor's priority to build a strong and stable creative community that contributes to a prosperous creative economy and to making Windsor an amazing place to live.
- Promote innovation and support new, dynamic efforts in the creative community;
- Develop unique cultural resources to enhance the health and vitality of our communities and the quality of life for our people;
- Encourage participants in the creative community to stay and continue to create and work in the City of Windsor;
- Make arts, culture and heritage central to the lives of all our people;
- Increase public awareness and access to the arts, culture and heritage sectors;
- Celebrate diversity by recognizing our rich creative community; and
- Value creativity by promoting and supporting arts, culture and heritage.
Projects eligible for funding will benefit one or more cultural sectors; and will develop new alliances and creative, innovative approaches. Funding will be distributed over two evaluation periods. Projects must address one or more of the following key priorities:
- Increase Windsor’s attractiveness, affordability, and quality of life;
- Support the development of new audiences;
- Increase the supply of skilled cultural workers;
- Nurture creativity and imagination through arts, culture and heritage projects;
- Encourage the inclusion of diverse cultural groups;
- Increase public access to the creative community.
Organizations and individuals are urged to apply online following the project guidelines on www.achfwindsor.ca.
This Testing Stream Notice is issued under the Innovative Solutions Canada Program (ISC) Call for Proposals 001 (EN578-20ISCD). The ISC Program Testing Stream (formerly known as the Build in Canada Innovation Program) is soliciting interested suppliers to participate in the Program to enhance Canada’s capacity in research and innovation in response to the Covid-19 outbreak. Interested suppliers will have the opportunity to bid on various themes under specific Covid-19 categories outlined below.
For more ISC information, Bidders can visit the ISC website.
SOLICITATION PERIOD: From April 9, 2020 closing April 21, 2020.
Please refer to the Solicitation Documents which contain the process for submitting a proposal.
Steps to apply:
Step 1: read this Notice
Step 2: read the Call for Proposals
Step 3: Submit your application here
Canadian content: This requirement is solely limited to Canadian goods and/or services.
CATEGORIES: Medical and Non-Medical
Medical Category: The medical category refers to innovations that will directly support doctors, researchers, and healthcare workers in their efforts to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. Innovations applying under the medical category should have a direct application towards the combating of the COVID-19 or be of direct use for healthcare professionals to assist and protect them in the course of their duties.
1.) Theme: Prevention and Protection
Solutions under this theme could include, but are not limited to:
a. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Masks, gloves, clothing or other equipment that protects individuals from infection
- Solutions around the recycling and re-purposing of PPE
- PPE manufacturing process improvements to increase the overall output of PPE
- Training solutions designed to assist personnel to work with PPE and/or deal with hazardous environments/materials
- Sanitization agents or chemical protective measures to assist in combatting the spread of COVID-19 in hospitals, clinics, labs, or other medical facilities
- Automated cleaning/sanitization of PPE
2.) Theme: Testing and Diagnostics
Solutions under this theme could include, but are not limited to:
- Rapid, portable, and/or Point-of-care (POC) or other testing methods and solutions
- Reagents solutions to improve diagnostic testing
- Laboratory equipment (both POC and non-POC) for research, study and development of treatments
3.) Theme: Patient Monitoring, Tracking and Wellness
Solutions under this theme could include, but are not limited to:
- Patient monitoring, tracking, and management solutions and tools to support in-hospital/disease center, non-hospital or in-home health care and services
- Tracking, consolidating and acquisition of data from provincial health experts and authorities such as epidemiologists and infectious disease specialists.
- Ventilators and other medical devices to address COVID-19 or other infectious diseases
- Solutions relevant to the assessment and improvement of mental health during public health emergencies
- Mobile quarantine facilities
Non-Medical Category: The non-medical category refers to innovations that will assist Government of Canada departments and agencies, including through their partnerships with provinces, territories and municipalities, in addressing the challenges and impacts posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and other public health emergencies in the future.
1.) Theme: Surveillance, Tracking, Situational Awareness and Critical Response
Solutions under this theme could include, but are not limited to:
- Solutions or applications to support education, information sharing and guidance between public sector organizations and individuals/citizens
- Disease predictive modeling and tracking solutions that enable information sharing among public health professionals/medical service providers
- Solutions and tools that boost situational awareness and allow medical, public health, first responder and security personnel to coordinate, decide and respond to crisis initiatives in real-time
- Solutions that will assist with remote detection of infections and/or surveillance and/or enforcement of pandemic/crisis lockdowns
- Solutions and tools to improve planning, tracking and assignment of medical, first responder, and law enforcement personnel, and/or health supplies during pandemic responses
- Methods for analyzing information sources to understand how communities and public health agencies are responding to public health emergencies
- Food supply chain stabilization solutions that promote efficient and sustainable agricultural production to enhance food security
- Solutions that help address awareness, information sharing and mitigation of increased COVID-19 themed (or like public health emergencies) cyber threats and online scams
- Solutions or tools to support impact analysis and decisions regarding economic recovery
2.) Theme: Sanitization
Solutions under this theme could include, but are not limited to:
- Sanitization agents or chemical protective measures for a variety of applications or settings to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 or other infectious diseases
- Automated sanitization and remote sanitization tools
Testing Departments: All interested federal departments and agencies.
Funding Mechanism: Contract
The maximum overall funding available for all Covid-19 Contracts under the Testing Stream is $10,000,000.00 CAD excluding applicable taxes, shipping, travel and living expenses.
Maximum Contract Value:
Multiple contracts could result from this requirement.
The maximum funding available for any contracts resulting from this Notice is: $550,000.00 CAD excluding applicable taxes, shipping, travel and living expenses.
This disclosure is made in good faith and does not commit Canada to contract for the total approximate funding. Final decisions on the number of awards will be made by Canada on the basis of factors such as evaluation results, departmental priorities and availability of funds.
This ISC Thematic Covid-19 Testing Stream Notice is an invitation to the scientific, technical and innovation communities to submit pre-commercial innovative science and technology proposals in response to Government of Canada requirements.
All information related to Testing Stream Proposal Submission, Evaluation Procedures and Basis of Selection are contained in the CFP solicitation document and its attachments on the ISC Website.
Background and Context
The goal of this CFP is to help the Government of Canada enhance Canada’s capacity in research and innovation on medical countermeasures, including antivirals, vaccine development and support for clinical trials for delivery of Canada’s Research and Innovation response to COVID-19.
Frequently asked questions, as well as on-going Bidder questions will be answered and published in an amendment to the Testing Stream Notice Document.
All enquiries must be submitted in writing to TPSGC.PASIC_COVID19-APISC_COVID19.PWGSC@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca no later than five calendar days before the Notice closing date. Enquiries received after that time may not be answered.
The Canadian Frailty Network (CFN) is looking to fund proposals aimed at investigating the interaction between frailty and COVID-19. Older adults living with frailty are the most vulnerable to COVID-19. As a result, CFN is looking for health, social or policy research studies that investigate determinants of increased susceptibility, and solutions to mitigate or prevent the differential risk to COVID-19. See below for specific proposal details.
The mission of the CFN is to improve care for older adults living with frailty and to support their family and friend caregivers. We do this by increasing recognition, understanding and assessment of frailty, increasing evidence for improved decision making, advocating for improvements to health and social care, educating the next generation of care providers and by engaging with older adults and their caregivers.
The World Health Organization has officially declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. Most people will not become seriously ill when exposed to the virus. However, 15 to 20 per cent may require hospitalization. However, older people with co-morbidities and likely frailty are those at highest risk of mortality and adverse outcomes.
Two Streams of Funding: CFN is looking for health, social or policy studies that fall under one of the two following streams of research:
- Proposals that study the differential impact of frailty on the response or outcomes of a therapy or add a frailty cohort/subgroup to an existing ongoing COVID-19 investigation.
Example: People living with frailty are added as a sub-group an ongoing clinical study evaluating a COVID-19 therapeutic or diagnostic test.
- Original research proposals that investigate the outcomes and underlying mechanisms for the observed outcomes, the utility of frailty as a prognostic factor, complexities of care, unique challenges for adults living with frailty and COVID-19 infection.
- Proposals must be submitted as a single PDF document by 8 pm EST Friday April 17, 2020.
- Proposals must be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Emails date stamped after the deadline will not be eligible.
- All work arising from funded proposals will need to be completed by March 31, 2022.
- Total maximum CFN funding of up to $500,000 is available for this entire competition.
- Note: CFN may add partners to this competition and hence overall funding may increase.
- Single proposal budget maximum is $250,000. Note that increasing budgetary requests will be expected to produce a proportionally greater impact and will undergo commensurate scrutiny as to the potential to achieve these impacts.
- For this RFP CFN no longer requires 1:1 matching funds.
Please contact Ingrid Qemo at Ingrid.Qemo@uwindsor.ca if you will be submitting an application and/or require assistance/review of the application.
WE-SPARK Health Institute has launched a Rapid Response funding call for those that are currently working on COVID-19 related research. This application is open to Primary Applicants at any of the WE-SPARK partner institutions (University of Windsor, St. Clair College, Windsor Regional Hospital and Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare).
The WE-SPARK Igniting Discovery Grants Program was established as an annual grant program to invest in emerging, innovative and novel health research and education projects that are aligned with WE-SPARK HEALTH Institute’s mission and strategic priorities.
This specific Igniting Discovery opportunity is a part of WE-SPARK’s collective effort to locally address the public health challenges of COVID-19 outbreak. The funding will contribute to efforts to accelerate the development, testing, implementation of medical and social countermeasures to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak addressed by any of the following research areas:
- Epidemiological studies
- Development/ evaluation of diagnostics for detection and surveillance
- Development of candidate vaccines
- Development/identification of candidate therapeutics
- Clinical characterization & disease management
- Cultural dimensions of the epidemic
- Public health response studies
- Identification of approaches to support psychosocial needs of our society
- Studies of logistics of response (infrastructure, transportation, etc.)
- International relations
- Communication/education surrounding the disease
- Addressing medical shortages (including PPE, ventilators, etc.)
To be elibible to apply, you must:
- Be a Principle Applicant (PA) that holds a primary appointment at any of the four partner institutions (University of Windsor, St. Clair College, Windsor Regional Hospital, and Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare), and/or must be a Core member of WE-SPARK. The term of affiliation must at least cover the proposed project period.
- Not have secured funding for the research project you are proposing for this grant program.
- Research work has to cover COVID-19 priority areas
The research activity is expected to be primarily performed at 1 of the WE-SPARK Partner Institutions. If another location is proposed, strong justification must be provided.
One-year grant(s) for $5,000 will be awarded and are expected to be used for approved research-related expenditures. This grant is intended to support research consumables and non-consumables, salaries for research personnel, and small equipment. For PAs whose primary affiliation is the University of Windsor, the VPRI will be providing matching funds of $5,000 to successful awards. Budget is contingent upon approval.
Applications must be submitted to Ingrid Qemo at Ingrid.Qemo@uwindsor.ca by 5:00pm on April 10, 2020.
Please click on the links below to access copies of the guidelines and application form:
For more information, please contact Ingrid Qemo at Ingrid.Qemo@uwindsor.ca.
Vale Launches $1 Million COVID-19 Challenge
Vale is joining the fight against COVID-19 by launching the Vale COVID-19 Challenge, a USD $1 million fund designed to propel innovative COVID-19 solutions into the marketplace to reach the end user within 15 days of the approval date. The challenge is open in Canada and Brazil with each selected solution eligible to receive up to USD $200,000.
Companies, startups, institutions, universities and professionals with innovative solutions to help our communities and lessen the impact of COVID-19 are invited to participate. Vale is seeking submissions for solutions in three categories: Risk Monitoring and Prevention, Patient Monitoring and Open Challenge.
In Canada, Vale has proudly partnered with experts from the healthcare sector to assist members of Vale’s leadership team in the technical evaluations of the submissions:
- Dr. Ken Jenkins (Horizons Occupational Health Solutions)
- Dr. Farrell Cahill (Medisys)
- Dr. Greg Ross (Health Sciences North Sudbury)
- Don Duval (NORCAT)
For more information about the challenge and to apply online, visit: www.vale.com/canadacovid19challenge by April 8. Selected applications will be announced on April 24.
CIFAR is issuing a targeted call for AI and COVID-19 interdisciplinary research collaborations to spark innovative, high-risk/high-reward ideas and projects. CIFAR’s Catalyst Program provides seed funding for time-limited activities.
Sample topics may include: pathogenicity and/or transmission of COVID-19, AI tools to accelerate vaccine development, or AI applications to advance our understanding of the economic impacts of the COVID-19, among others.
Examples of eligible catalyst-supported activities include, but are not limited to:
- Pilot projects
- Interdisciplinary projects involving trainees
- Large-scale, team-based grant proposal development
- Proposals must be submitted jointly by at least two Principal Investigators
- Must not exceed one page (approx. 500 words).
- Title and brief description of the project or activity
- Proposed start date of the activity
- Name(s) of co-supervised trainee(s) (if applicable/known)
- Estimated budget (not to exceed $15,000 CAD)
Proposal should describe the potential:
- impact on society;
- understanding of an aspect of COVID-19;
- impact on career development for trainees; and
Proposals will be reviewed and recommended for funding by CIFAR’s program advisory committee members and international college of reviewers.
Successful applicants will be notified on April 6, 2020.
For more information, please contact: Rachel Parker, Senior Director, Research (CIFAR) email@example.com.
For more information or to apply for these and other COVID-19 research funding opportunities, please contact Ingird Qemo at Ingrid.Qemo@uwindsor.ca.