The Spark Program


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Improving brain health and the quality of life for older adults requires an investment in ideas from the people most familiar with providing care and services in this sector.

Do you work in a health care delivery or service organization and have an idea that will improve brain health or quality of life for older adults? Does your idea help to improve brain health or cognitive fitness in older adults? Or does it help to reduce unnecessary emergency department visits, prevent falls or provide better management of chronic conditions for older adults with dementia? 

If you answered yes, then we want to hear from you!

CABHI is pleased to announce the SPARK Program – a new initiative that provides funding to support innovative grassroots ideas that can help to improve brain health or quality of life for older adults.

We are looking to fund ideas from 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 members associated with healthcare delivery and/or service provider organizations in Canada, and network partners of CABHI in the US.  CABHI will be providing up to $50,000 in funding per project to help you further develop your grassroots idea into a real-world application in the field of aging and brain health. * 

In 2017, CABHI will select up to 10 projects for funding through the SPARK program that meet the eligibility requirements and selection criteria, which means we are offering up to $500,000 in support of grassroots innovations for the healthcare sector!  To qualify for funding, project 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.

Examples of projects that can qualify for funding include: 

  • An early stage technology (e.g. app to its next iteration or a ‘paper based’ solution to a software tool)
  • An early prototype of a solution (e.g. assistive device, wire frame of a software solution, e-learning tool)
  • Trial data to demonstrate that a solution meets the needs of the users and solves a problem
  • Trial data to demonstrate effectiveness of a clinical process

Let’s work together to improve the aging experience for all of us. Apply for funding today!

*Applicants are responsible for working with their supporting healthcare delivery or service provider organization to advance the idea submitted in their application. CABHI funding will be attached to project milestones and deliverables. Funding will flow to the applicant’s host organization. The host organization will be accountable for the applicant’s completion of project milestones and deliverables as well as performance reporting.

 To Apply for Funding:

Step 1: Read the Spark Program Call for Innovations – Information Package for details about the application process, timing and selection criteria before submitting your application form.  

Step 2: If you have submitted your Expression of Interest by 5 pm on Monday, October 3, 2016 (EDT), please proceed to Step 3.

Step 3: Submit your Application Form by 5 pm on October 28, 2016 (EDT). All applications must be in English, and nothing confidential or proprietary should be included. You are granting no rights to any intellectual property by submitting an application. The online application must include a letter of support from the host organization, which includes confirmation from the host organization that it understands its role and obligations if the applicant’s project is selected for funding. 

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Funding for this program is provided by the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Research, Innovation, and Science, as well as the Government of Canada through the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Baycrest Foundation.

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