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The Innovation Fund is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) and the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) resulting from the Academic Health Science Centre Alternative Funding Plan (AHSC AFP) that now includes more than 5,000 physicians working in 16 of Ontario’s AHSCs.

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What We Do

The Innovation Fund was established to fund pilot projects evaluating new approaches to deliver better medical care to Ontarians. The process is accessible to all academic physicians participating in an AHSC AFP who are invited to submit their proposals. These proposals are then subjected to a competitive peer review to select the most appropriate projects.

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Innovation Fund Showcase 2016

Showcase 2016 – Featuring keynote speaker Dr. David Naylor, Professor of Medicine and President Emeritus at the University of Toronto.  Click on the Showcase tab above for information about the full day event being held in Toronto on November 17 2016 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

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 Innovation Fund Provincial Oversight Committee

The Innovation Fund Provincial Oversight Committee (IFPOC) manages the Innovation Fund.  IFPOC is chaired by Dr. Richard Weisel (University Health Network), and includes David W. W. Clarke (The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care), Dr. Davy Cheng (London Health Sciences Centre), Dr. Victor Han (London Health Sciences Centre), Michael Hillmer (The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care), Dr. Rachel Holden (Kingston General Hospital), Dr. Stephen Holzapfel (Women’s College Hospital), Dr. William Orovan (Hamilton Academic Health Sciences Organization – Hamilton), and Dr. Robert Swenson (The Ontario Medical Association – Ottawa).

AHSC AFP Innovation Fund – Year IX (2016-17) Timelines

June 17, 2016
IFPOC issues “Framework” document to Governance Organizations, and all Forms are available at ifpoc.org

November 17, 2016
“Annual” Innovation Fund Awards are announced at Innovation Fund Showcase 2016.

December 1, 2016
AFP Governance Organizations upload G3 (information about their guidelines and procedures) to IFPOC (only required if any changes are being implemented for Year 9).

January 11, 2017
All AFP Governance Organizations upload G1. Those AFP Governance Organizations submitting funding requests for NEW (not renewal) projects (and any contingency project) will upload P1 and P2 for each new Year 9 project.

January 11 – February 10, 2017
IFPOC reviews proposals and submits to the GOs questions or concerns about eligibility or whether the proposals meet the requirements established by IFPOC or the individual Governance Organizations. The AFP Governance Organizations will respond to IFPOC with explanations or the submission of alternate proposals.

February 10 – 28, 2017
IFPOC makes recommendations to AMSC for distribution of 2016 – 2017 AHSC AFP Innovation funds.

March 17, 2017
IFPOC issues call for nominations for IF Awards 2017

March 31, 2017
MOHLTC distributes Innovation Fund allocations to each AHSC AFP Governance Organization, on the basis of proposals approved for funding by the IFPOC and AMSC

May 19, 2017
Deadline for submission of nominees for IF Awards 2017

YEAR IX (2016-2017) FRAMEWORK

Latest Framework Version

Download Framework

Deadline is January 11, 2017.  The Funding Request Form (G1) has two purposes:

a)    To confirm that previously funded projects are on track and should receive their second year funds
b)    To confirm that projects selected by the Governance Organization have been reviewed and approved by the relevant hospital and university.

A G1 is required annually from EACH Governance Organization, regardless of whether or not they are submitting new projects for funding.

NEW: It also includes an option to submit projects for consideration by IFPOC for the next Innovation Fund Showcase.

Download Form G1 - GenericDownload Form G1 - CAMHDownload Form G1 - WCH

Use of the G2 Form is intended for the purposes of substitution of either project leads or entire projects.  It is only to be used when required.

Specific rules regarding how and when substitutions may occur can be found in the Year IX Framework on page 17.

PLEASE NOTE that no substitutions will be permitted:

a)    If no “contingency” projects have been previously reviewed by IFPOC
b)    If any Innovation Fund money has already been spent

Download Form G2

Deadline is January 11, 2017.  Policy Confirmation Form G3 confirms a Governance Organization’s: selection process, conflict of interest guidelines, definition of innovation (if different or more specific than those of IFPOC), and health care priorities (if you have any for Innovation Fund).

Download Form G3

Deadlines vary and are dependent on local Governance Organization rules. Please contact your local Governance Organization for details.

AMOSO (Academic Medical Organization of Southwestern Ontario) Patricia Telfer or AMOSO Team patricia.telfer@lhsc.on.ca or amoso@lhsc.on.ca
Baycrest (Baycrest Medical Services AFP Association) Lora Tachjian ltachjian@baycrest.org
Bruyere (Bruyere Academic Medical Organization) Jo-Anne Dusseault jdusseault@bruyere.org
CAMH (CAMH Medical Services Association) Shirley Andrews andrewsgroup@sympatico.ca
CHEO (Children’s Hospital Academic Medical Organization) Samira Chamaa schamaa@cheo.on.ca
Hamilton (Hamilton Academic Health Sciences Organization) Kevin Sulewski sulewski@mcmaster.ca
Holland Bloorview (Bloorview MacMillan Services Association) Dr. Golda Milo Manson gmilomanson@hollandbloorview.ca
MSH UHN (Mount Sinai Hospital – University Health Network Academic Medical Organization) Richard Getty or Jeff Murphy richard.getty@uhn.ca or jeff.murphy@uhn.on.ca
NOAMA (Northern Ontario Academic Medicine Association) Mark Facca Mfacca@noama.ca
Royal Ottawa Hospital (Royal Ottawa Health Care Group Academic Medical Organization) Christopher Brown cbrown@medco.ca
SEAMO (Southeastern Ontario Academic Medical Organization) LeeAnne Howland or Danielle Claus seamo@queensu.ca or danielle.claus@queensu.ca
St. Michael’s (St. Michael’s Hospital Medical Services Organization) Marcos Pinto PintoM@smh.toronto.on.ca
Sunnybrook (Sunnybrook Medical Services Alternative Funding Plan Association) Lynne Bridgman or Asa Jairam lynne.bridgman@sunnybrook.ca
The Ottawa Heart Institute (University of Ottawa Heart Institute Academic Medical Organization) Richard Batty rbatty@ottawaheart.ca
The Ottawa Hospital (The Ottawa Hospital Academic Medical Organization) Connie Colasante ccolasante@toh.on.ca
Women’s College Hospital (Women’s College Hospital Academic and Medical Services Group) Shirley Andrews andrewsgroup@sympatico.ca

A complete Project Proposal consists of two documents: the Project Proposal P1 and the Project Budget P2. In order to be eligible for funding, both elements must be included in the submission to your Governance Organization. To download a P1, for details about the P1, please see page 15 of the Year VII Framework.

Download Form P1 - GenericDownload Form P1 - HAHSODownload Form P1 - NOAMADownload Form P1 - AMO

Deadlines vary and are dependent on local Governance Organization rules.   Please contact your local Governance Organization for details.

A complete Project Proposal consists of two documents:  the Project Budget P2 and the Project Proposal P1.  In order to be eligible for funding, both elements must be included in the submission to your Governance Organization.

Download Form P2

Instructions on how to insert a new row into P2

instructions-P2_P4

Deadlines – a final report should be submitted within 60 days after completion of the project first to the AHSC AFP Governance Organization.  Once the Governance Organization has reviewed and approved the report, they will submit it to IFPOC.  All Final Reports must be received by IFPOC within 2 years after the end of the term of Innovation Funding (e.g. Projects receiving one year of funding in March 2013 must report by March 2016, and Projects receiving two years of funding in March 2013 must report by March 2017).  At the end of this period, regardless of status of the project, a report is required and unspent funds must be returned.  If no report is received, an explanation should be provided to IFPOC and the Ministry and ALL IF funding for the project will be returned.

A complete Final Report consists of two documents:  the Final Report P3, and the Final Budget P4.  Both elements must be included in the reporting to your Governance Organization.

Download Form P3Download Form P3 AMO

Deadlines – a final budget should be submitted within 60 days after completion of the project first to your AHSC AFP Governance Organization. Once the Governance Organization has reviewed and approved the budget, they will submit it to IFPOC.  All Final Budgets must be received by IFPOC within 2 years after the end of the term of Innovation Funding (e.g. Projects receiving one year of funding in March 2013 must report by March 2016, and Projects receiving two years of funding in March 2013 must report by March 2017).  At the end of this period, regardless of status of the project, a budget and report is required and unspent funds must be returned.  If no budget or report is received, an explanation should be provided to IFPOC and the Ministry and ALL IF funding for the project will be returned.

A complete Final Report consists of two documents:  the Final Budget P4, and the Final Report P3.  Both elements must be included in the reporting to your Governance Organization.

Download Form P4

Instructions on how to insert a new row into P4

instructions-P2_P4

Due Date: December 31 annually

May only be used in year immediately following funding year, to extend a one-year project to a two-year project.

Is for the use of ONLY those Governance Organizations that fund projects for only one year at a time – at present, WCH and CAMH.

It indicates that a project status has changed from a one-year project to a two-year project, tells us how much Year 2 funding is being approved, and changes the due date of the final report. It then also requires that the GO fill in an online “annual report”.

Download Form P5 - WCHDownload Form P5 - CAM

Instructions on how to insert a new row into P5

instructions-P2_P4

D is a declaration by Project Leads whose projects were selected as “alternates” during the initial round of any given competition. If these Projects Leads are later invited to proceed with their project, they must first fill in Form D for review and approval by their Governance Organization and by IFPOC.

Download Form D

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