Up to $500,000 Now Available in The Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation (CC-ABHI) Project Funding

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Posted on behalf of Ron Riesenbach, Vice President, Innovation & CTO and Managing Director, Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation.

Dear Colleagues:


I am very pleased to announce that today CC-ABHI is launching the Spark Program, a new opportunity specially designated to provide financial support of up to $50,000 (CAD) to eligible point-of-care and service staff working in the aging and brain health sector who have innovative ideas that they would like to further develop and/or test.


CC-ABHI is looking to people within the healthcare space, which includes allied health professionals, food services staff, housekeeping staff, nurses, personal support workers, physicians – any point-of-care and service staff member workers who are associated with healthcare delivery or service provider organizations in the aging and brain health sector to bring their ideas forward and submit an application for funding.


Applicants are asked to submit an Expression of Interest by 5pm on October 3rd while applications for the Spark Program will be accepted until October 28th.  A maximum of up to 10 projects across the CC-ABHI network will be funded up to $50,000 (CAD) each to help point-of-care and service staff take early stage ideas to proof of concept, or even translate a proposed solution into a prototype.


To qualify for funding, submissions must provide solutions to one of the following themes:


– Emergency department visits: Solutions that avoid or reduce unnecessary emergency department visits for older adults living with dementia.

– Falls prevention: Solutions that prevent falls or mitigate injury due to falls in older adults with dementia.

– Aging at home: Solutions for better management of complex chronic conditions for older adults with dementia living at home.

– Cognitive fitness: Solutions that improve brain health or cognitive fitness in older adults.


If you have an idea, product, service or process that could improve aging and brain health and that addresses one of the themes listed above then we want to hear from you. Visit www.ccabhi.com to fill out your Expression of Interest form and make sure your idea is considered for this funding opportunity. Also, please be sure share this with your healthcare colleagues both internal and external to Baycrest.


CC-ABHI will also offer two webinars on How to Submit a Successful Proposal to our Spark Program. I would like to invite you to join one of our webinars on Thursday, September 22 or Tuesday, September 27 from 12 – 1 pm.


The webinars will offer more information about the Spark Program – a great opportunity for point-of-care workers in the healthcare sector to receive up to $50,000 in funding to develop their grassroots ideas to improve brain health or the quality of life for older adults.


Webinar attendees will learn more about:

Defining innovation in simple terms

Indicating the kinds of ideas that would qualify for funding

Keys to a successful proposal

How to submit a proposal through our online portals

Funding allocation and responsibility for reporting

Expected outcomes for the project

Information about other funding programs available through CC-ABHI

Following the presentation, there will be an opportunity for Q&A in real-time.


Advance registration for the webinars is available by clicking the links below.

Webinar Dates & Times:
Thursday, September 22, 2016, 12 – 1 pm EDT (Register)
Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 12 – 1 pm EDT (Register)


Applying for funding is easy!  Expressions of Interest are due online by Monday, October 3, 2016 at 5 pm.  If you have any questions please email us at info@ccabhi.com.


Funding new innovation projects is one of the ways CC-ABHI supports Baycrest’s mission to discover the products, services and processes to better care for people in our community and around the world.  Supporting innovation at the point of care will help make us more effective and more efficient at providing the next level of care.  Watch for upcoming details on additional opportunities including the Industry-Led (INLED) and Strategic Accelerator (STACC) Programs launching during the Fall.


For more information on the Spark Program please email info@ccabhi.com, or visit www.ccabhi.com.


Thank you.

Ron Riesenbach | Managing Director, Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation

VP, Innovation & CTO, Baycrest Health Sciences