The Michael R Freeman Innovation Award Competition

About the Michael R Freeman Innovation Award

In collaboration with the Heart and Stroke/Richard Lewar Centre of Excellence in Cardiovascular Research (HSRLCE), the academic/teaching hospitals from the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (i.e. Hospital for Sick Children, St. Michael’s Hospital, Sinai Health Systems, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, the Women’s College Hospital, the University Health Network and University of Toronto’s Translational Biology and Engineering Program) are hosting a Cardiac and Vascular Collaborative Innovation Competition.

The goal is to spur innovation and collaboration between institutes with the aim of improving quality of care within cardiac and vascular programs. The purpose of the award is to provide seed funding for novel ideas aimed at cardiovascular disease management, emphasizing collaborative research and development at multiple sites within the TCLHIN and initiated by at least one investigator from within the LHIN. Priority will be given to ideas with a pathway toward commercialization within 5 years.

Funding Source/Details:
– Each of the seven participating sites (HSC, SMH, SBHS, SBHSC, UHN, UofT TBEP and WCH) will commit funds of $35,000 per site toward associated activities at their site. This will be matched (1:3 ratio) by a $75,000 support by HSRLCE, to provide a potential total award pool of $300K per year.
– The total potential funding available per year is $300,000 based on multi-site participation in which the HSRLCE will match funds from participating sites with a ratio of 1:3 (HSRLCE: participating site funds).
– The maximum award per successful proposal is $150,000.
– Award term will be one year (awardees have up to 2 years to spend the money). A second term of funding is possible with re-application and associated competitive review.

May 15, 2019: Deadline for Applications – Click here to download the application form
August 15, 2019: Notification of Award
September 1, 2018: Award Start Date


  • Principal applicants must be full-time staff of HSC, SMH, SHS, SBHSC, UHN, WCH, or UofT campus-based researchers.
  • Projects must be collaborative and must include co-applicants from at least two of the participating institutions (HSC, SMH, SHS, SBHSC, UHN, UofT and WCH). Preference may be given to multidisciplinary projects that span more institutions and should demonstrate added value leveraging local strengths.
  • Principal applicant can only submit one application per year for proposal review.
  • Preference will be given to applications that represent a new unfunded initiative for the applicants.

Other Terms of Reference
For full details and terms of reference please click here to view the 2019 Dr. Michael R Freeman Innovation Award Competition – Request for Applications

Click here to download the application form.

Questions regarding this competition may be directed to Liz Thuo, Business & Communications Manager, Heart & Stroke/Richard Lewar Centre of Excellence at


Liz ThuoThe Michael R Freeman Innovation Award Competition