CABHI’s Spark Program: Call for Innovations 2022

Every day, point-of-care staff improvise and problem-solve to meet the growing demands of an aging demographic. Clinical staff, managers, researchers, and caregivers hold key insights into what can be improved or transformed in senior care delivery but are seldom empowered to take that first step.

The Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI) is thrilled to announce the return of our Spark program. The program exists to translate point-of-care insights into innovative and scalable solutions that can improve the lives of older adults, persons living with dementia, and their care partners in Canada and across the world. Apply to the Spark program to receive up to $50,000 over 12 months that can be used to develop, refine, and implement innovative solutions.

Along with funding, successful applicants will gain access to CABHI’s Acceleration Services which include professional coaching, mentorship, the Spark Learning Series, and access to Leap, CABHI’s diverse community for end-user validation. Successful applicants will also have an opportunity to learn about other innovative solutions in their Spark cohort and share learnings with their peers.

This year, the Spark program is accepting applications aimed at addressing one or more of CABHI’s Innovation Themes: Caregiver Support, Aging in Place, Care Coordination & Navigation, Cognitive Health, and Financial Health and Wellness.

Past Spark Innovations

A smiling manAdvancing Reminiscence Therapy through Virtual Reality Application to Promote the Social Connectedness of Persons with Dementia

An innovative framework prototype that aims to improve the implementation of reminiscence therapy for persons with dementia (PWD) through customizable, immersive virtual reality experiences.



Woman dancing in her living roomLiveWell@Home: Virtual GERAS DANCE to improve health and build the resilience of seniors in our community

A new model of care delivered virtually in a senior-friendly online community. It is built on the success of GERAS DANCE, an evidence-based, clinically proven mind and body health program for older adults.



Learning Inter-Professionally Healthcare Accelerator (LIPHA) PlatformVirtual Micro-Credentialing for Unregulated Care Providers

A 12-week part-time micro-credentialed certificate designed to teach the basics of geriatric care to unregulated healthcare providers and assess the benefits and educational outcomes of a virtual 12-week certificate program. The course is delivered through an established virtual learning platform (ALPHA/LIPHA), which uses a simulated educational environment to foster effective, interactive, and motivated learning.



Let’s bring your seniors’ care innovation to life. Take advantage of this opportunity to move your innovation forward!

Applications closed on December 2, 2022. Thank you for your interest.