The Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI) at Baycrest in Toronto, Canada, is the result of the largest investment in brain health and aging in Canadian history.
CABHI is a solution accelerator, helping to drive innovation in the aging and brain health sector. Our first-of-its-kind partnership of healthcare, science, industry and government is a hub for the design and development of innovations helping older adults age safely in the setting of their choice, while maintaining cognitive, emotional and physical well-being.
Innovation in this sector is vital to address the growing aging population, brain health and seniors’ care needs. CABHI will support collaborations between leading seniors’ care organizations in North America and global innovators with promising solutions in medical devices, therapeutic approaches, emerging technologies, wellness and digital health solutions, healthcare delivery practices, and practitioner/caregiver training and support.
Innovation Opportunities – Calls for Innovation
The Spark Program will support the development of early-stage innovations with the potential to drive forward solutions in the field of aging and brain health. Ideas will have been conceptualized by point-of-care staff and/or service delivery staff involved with healthcare delivery for older adults. Funding will support proof-of-concept testing over a 12 month period within CABHI-associated healthcare delivery or service provider organizations in Canada and/or the United States.
Mentorship, Capital and Continuation Program (Invite-Only)
The Mentorship, Capital and Continuation Program, presented by CABHI in partnership with National Bank, provides support to a select number of CABHI-funded innovations that are ready for scale-up. The program is by invitation-only. The goal of MC² is to enhance, spread, scale, and sustain these projects beyond their initial CABHI-funded project, so that they can have the greatest opportunity for procurement and adoption in the health care sector across Canada and the world.
Researcher-Clinician Partnership Program
The Researcher-Clinician Partnership Program (RCP2) is uniquely designed to greatly enhance the effectiveness of connecting point-of-care clinicians in the seniors’ care sector with university-based researchers to collaboratively design, test and validate innovative products, services or health practices in aging and brain health in a real-world care setting. Through RCP2, CABHI will provide up to $500,000 in funding per project to support those project costs directly associated with the trial testing of an innovative solution at an advanced stage of development within an aging population group in North America. Funding will be provided directly to the host institution employing the principal Investigators of the qualifying projects. All projects must be completed within a 12 to 15 month period. Note that each submission must be composed of a collaborative team of researchers, clinicians, educators, industry partners and/or end-users located worldwide. Each team must include at least one clinician and one researcher, one of whom must be identified as the principal investigator on the project and employed by an institution that is a Canada Revenue Agency-qualified donee located in Canada.
Industry Innovation Partnership Program
The Industry Innovation Partnership Program (I2P2) is intended to accelerate the evaluation and adoption of innovative products and services that address the needs of aging adults and the challenges presented by an aging population. CABHI invites companies from around the world to apply for the opportunity to trial their solutions with leading seniors’ care organizations from across North America. Successful applicants will be partnered with one or more seniors’ care organizations and their pilot project will receive up to $500,000 (CAD) in matching fund support. Projects must last between 12 to 15 months. It is expected that through this testing process, companies will be able to derive scientific evidence and user validation for their products or services, which is then intended to provide a stronger foundation for future uptake of their products or services by seniors’ care organizations. Applicants must have a matured product or service that they would like to test with older adults at a North American trial partner.
Knowledge Mobilization Partnership Program
The Knowledge Mobilization Partnership Program (KMP2) will drive adoption of best and next practices across stakeholder groups in the aging and brain health sector and may include proven innovations in practices, products and services. This program will fund projects that have been successfully validated within their environments and are ready for broader scaling and adoption. This program will enable older adults, their circle of care, and healthcare practitioners to gain access to knowledge, skills and support, in order to facilitate behaviour change consistent with evidence. The optimal end result is improved health outcomes and quality of life for older adults and/or their caregivers.
Canada-Israel Collaboration Program
CABHI and the Israel Innovation Authority (IIA) invite interested Israeli companies to submit applications to refine and validate their brain health and seniors’ care products or services. Our program is designed to help commercial organizations derive scientific evidence that their solution significantly impacts key challenges in seniors’ care. CABHI and IIA are seeking to help Israeli firms get the evidence they need to develop products or services that address the needs of an aging population. Progressive companies applying to this program will recognize the importance of scientific evidence to the long-term success of their products or services in improving the quality of life of older adults.
Seniors’ Care Strategic Innovation Fund (SCSIF) in partnership with the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF)
The Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI) and the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF) are excited to launch their second round of the Senior’s Care-Strategic Innovation Fund program. This program is intended to accelerate the evaluation and adoption of innovative products and services that address the needs of aging adults and the challenges presented by an aging population. 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 (third-party vendor located anywhere in the world) providing the innovative solution for testing/validation. The selected Seniors’ Care Partners (trial sites) will receive up-to CAD $500,000 per project in matching-fund support jointly from CABHI and NBHRF. Projects must be completed in 12 months and commence before 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 pm (EST) on November 2, 2018. View the 2018 Call for Innovations in English and in French.
Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) Collaborative Innovation Development Grant Program
The Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI) in partnership with the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) launched the Collaborative Innovation Development grant program. The Collaborative Innovation Development (CID) grant program provides funding to support collaborative, interdisciplinary and innovative research activities to accelerate the development, validation, commercialization, dissemination and adoption of innovative products, services and best practices to support brain health and aging. This program address challenges associated with dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases. Funding provided by CABHI and SHRF is intended to foster creativity, novelty and innovation in original research that has potential to benefit the health of Saskatchewan residents.
Quebec Researcher-Clinician Partnership Program
CABHI has formed partnership with the four academic centres in Quebec: i) RUIS McGill Centre of Excellence on Longevity; ii) Institut Universitaire de Gériatrie de Montréal (CIUSSS du Centre-Sud de l’Île-de-Montréal); iii) Centre de recherche sur le vieillissement (CIUSSS Estrie-CHUS); and iv) Centre d’Excellence sur le vieillissement (CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale) to announce the Quebec Researcher-Clinician Partnership Program (QRCP2). The QRCP2 Program will support teams of clinicians and researchers collaborating to refine, test, validate, and disseminate innovative solutions in real-world settings. Solutions must be at an advanced stage of development, with promising scalability. The solution must be “innovative” in that it creates value by displacing standard practice or technologies with an advanced and novel approach. The project must focus on evaluating the application and impact of the solution in real-world seniors’ care settings, going beyond lab tests and other tightly controlled test environments. Organizations of successful applicants will receive up to $400,000 (CAD) in matching funds to support their projects. A maximum of 4 projects will be awarded under this program. Projects cannot exceed 15 months in duration (including submission of final project report to CABHI) and must begin by September 2018.
Nova Scotia Aging and Brain Health Innovation Program (NSABHI)
The objective of the NSABHI is to seek and support innovative solutions that address challenges associated with aging and brain health, including dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases. Funding for this joint initiative is provided by the Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI) and the https://www.dal.ca/dept/research-services/opportunities/opportunities-announcements-news/news/2018/02/26/nova_scotia_health_research_foundation_____development__innovative_grant_program.html. The NSABHI Program will support teams of researchers and clinicians to fund projects that refine, test, validate or disseminate innovative aging and brain health solutions in seniors’ care settings. The solution must be “innovative” in that it deviates from standard practice or common procedure and demonstrates purposeful differentiation from existing and/or widely adopted solutions. Solutions must be at an advanced stage of development, with promising scalability. The purpose of the program is to: (1) Support collaborative, interdisciplinary innovation activities; (2) Support scalable innovation projects, looking to accelerate pilot, test/validation or translational research; (3) Encourage knowledge sharing and collaborative relationships within and beyond the academic and clinical community; and (4) Support innovation with potential to benefit the health of people living with dementia in Nova Scotia and across the world.
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