Canadian Medical Association

Physicians and medical learners have a first-hand perspective on how COVID-19 is disrupting the health care system; many are working on solutions to keep front-line care workers and Canadians safe.

To support their work, Joule is launching a COVID-19 Innovation grant program that will provide up to $1 million in funding to help scale up ideas and innovations to address the pandemic.

CMA members can submit applications in one of three categories:

  • Wellness and safety of health workers: Initiatives that support and protect the health and well-being of front-line health workers and ensure the adequate supply, distribution and use of personal protective equipment and other tools or equipment to enhance health workers’ safety.
  • Access to care: Initiatives that facilitate providing assessment and treatment for those affected by COVID-19 and increase health system capacity and efficiency to maintain essential health services and provide care unrelated to COVID-19 while managing the outbreak.
  • Population health solutions: Initiatives that facilitate the alignment of population and public health with institutional and community care and that support equitable access to care and public health services across sub-populations within Canada.

The deadline to submit an application is June 21, and each initiative will be eligible for up to $200,000 in funding. To learn more about the program, the grant categories and how to apply, please visit

“The pandemic has disrupted so much in society and health care, and that’s when innovation is most needed to help bridge gaps and advance new approaches.” 
— Deborah Scott-Douglas, Joule president

In addition to the pandemic-focused grants, Joule’s annual Innovation grant program is accepting applications until Sept. 13 for initiatives in physician health and wellness, access to care, sustainable health care or health care quality, safety and efficiency.

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