The Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI), led by Baycrest, and New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF) today announced the launch of round two of the Seniors’ Care Strategic Innovation Fund (SCSIF) – a program aimed at accelerating the evaluation and adoption of innovations in seniors’ care in New Brunswick.
Through SCSIF, up to $500,000 CAD in matching funding per project can be leveraged to support the validation testing of innovative products and services that address the needs of the aging population. In total, $1 million will be available through this program.
CABHI and NBHRF invite seniors’ care partners (such as long-term care facilities) located in New Brunswick to apply for the opportunity to trial and evaluate innovative solutions addressing challenges of aging and brain health. Applicants must partner with a researcher based in New Brunswick and an innovator (a third-party vendor located anywhere in the world) providing the innovative solution for testing/validation.
Projects must be completed in 12 months and commence by January 31, 2019. As a first step, all interested seniors’ care partners located in the province of New Brunswick must submit an online application no later than 5 p.m. (EST) on November 2, 2018.
“Partnerships are key to driving innovation forward,” says Dr. Allison Sekuler, Managing Director at CABHI and Vice-President, Research at Baycrest. “New Brunswick has the fastest-growing rate of adults over age 65 in Canada. Our goal is to help innovators get their products and services to our older population faster in New Brunswick, across Canada and around the world to help people live longer and better.”
“CABHI is a major change agent in Canada for transformative and applied research in seniors’ health,” says Leah Carr, Interim CEO, NBHRF. “The New Brunswick Health Research Foundation is excited to partner in this second SCSIF program as it is designed to directly test and evaluate technologies in real world settings.”
Funding for this program is provided by the Government of Canada through the Public Health Agency of Canada; the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade; and the Baycrest Foundation.