Innovation Opportunities


The Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation (CC-ABHI) at Baycrest Health Sciences in Toronto, Canada, is the result of the largest investment in brain health and aging in Canadian history.

CC-ABHI is a solution accelerator, helping to drive innovation in the aging and brain health sector. Our first-of-its-kind partnership of health-care, 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. CC-ABHI 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, health-care delivery practices, and practitioner/caregiver training and support.

Innovation Opportunities – Calls for Innovation

The Researcher-Clinician Partnership Program

RCP2 logo with hyperlink imageThe Researcher-Clinician Partnership Program (RCP2) is uniquely designed to greatly enhance the effectiveness of connecting point of care clinicians in the senior care sector with university-based researchers to collaboratively design, test and validate innovative products, services or health practice in aging and brain health in a real-world care setting. Through RCP2, CC-ABHI will provide up to $600,000 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 18 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.  Learn more about the Researcher-Clinician Partnership Program Call for Innovations.

The Spark Program

Lit Light bulb next to Spark wordmarkThe 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 health care delivery for older adults. Funding will support proof-of-concept testing over a 6-to-18 month period within CC-ABHI associated healthcare delivery or service provider organizations in Canada and/or the United States.   Learn more about the Spark Program Call for Innovations.

The Industry Innovation Partnership Program

Industry Innovation Partnership Program logoThe Industry Innovation Partnership Program (I2P2) seeks to bridge the gap between companies who have innovative aging and brain health products/services that are at an advanced stage of development with healthcare institutions who are seeking solutions to challenging issues in aging and brain health. The program will enable successful applicant companies worldwide, to test and validate their technology so as to obtain the evidence needed to successfully market their product into the seniors’ care and brain health marketplace. Applicants must have a mature product or service that they would like to test with older adults at a North American trial partner site. I2P2 will co-invest up to $600,000 (CAD) to fund a trial of the applicant company’s innovative product or service. CC-ABHI will provide 50% of the project costs to the trial partner site to work with the company to test and validate the company’s product or service.   Learn more about the Industry Innovation Partnership Program Call for Innovations.