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These six Canadian initiatives just received $1 million in funding to help fight COVID-19

The one-time innovation grant was split between six Canadian physicians and health care teams who designed unique solutions to the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
By: Madeleine Hall
September 04, 2020
COVID-19 Innovation Grant Recipients (clockwise from top left): Dr. Neil Naik, Dr. Heidi Britton and team, Dr. Susan Ripley, Ms. Monisha Persaud and team, Dr. Peter Goldberg, Dr. Joseph Ma. Photos: Joule Inc.

Six physicians and health care innovators from across Canada were recently awarded $1,000,000 in funding to support innovations related to COVID-19. The one-time grant was administered by Joule, a subsidiary of the Canadian Medical Association, "designed to assist physicians in the pursuit of clinical excellence."

"The COVID-19 pandemic is putting extraordinary pressure on the Canadian health care system. Many physicians are developing timely solutions, but need funding and support to scale their efforts," Joule shared on a web page announcing the grant recipients. The competition was open for only 16 days in June, and close to 300 applications were submitted.

The innovations supported by the grant include include a non-profit that will increase access to PPE for frontline health care workers; an anti-microbial coating for use in hospitals; an improved N95 mask design for extended wear; and the Student-Senior Isolation Project, which pairs students and isolated seniors for weekly phone calls.

You can learn more about the inspiring grant recipients and their COVID-19 initiatives in the video below:

Sources: Joule, Twitter

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