2018 Joule Innovation grant program

The 2018 grant application period is now closed and applications are being reviewed. Thanks to everyone who applied! Those who are selected to move on to the second stage of the review process will be notified in July 2018. Grant recipients will be announced in November.

The Joule Innovation grant program is an initiative aimed at driving physician-led innovation by providing flexible funding to Canadian Medical Association (CMA) members who are making a difference in Canadian health care.

Our grants open many doors:

  • Gain recognition for being a leader in innovation
  • Benefit from Joule Innovation Council mentors
  • Get your idea in front of more than 87,000 of your peers
  • Participate in events and other Joule ventures

This year, we are awarding 9 grants totaling $200,000 in flexible funding, including grants for:

  • Early-stage innovations (2 grants of $25,000)
  • Later-stage innovations (1 grant of $25,000 and 1 of $80,000)
  • Social innovations (1 grant of $25,000)
  • Students and Residents (4 grants of $5,000)

Evaluation and weighting

Grant applications are evaluated by the Joule Innovation Council, a team of skilled physician innovators and business leaders, based on four weighted criteria:

Degree of Disruption
and transformation of
current health care

Relevance (30%)
to Joule's brand and
helping physicians be at
their best

Health care benefits
that improves people's lives


Scalability (25%)
potential, especially beyond Canada

About the Joule Innovation Council

The Joule Innovation Council provides guidance to Joule, support to physician entrepreneurs and is responsible for the selection of grant recipients.

The Council is a balanced team of physician innovators with a range of practice and business experience as well as business leaders who are experts in marketing, finance, venture capital, product development and/or health policy.

Get prepared for next year

Left it on your to-do list for too long or not quite ready to apply yet? The grant program deadline has passed, but don’t stress – there’s always next year.

Check out our past grant recipients for inspiration or our FAQstips and tricks and sample videos to help you prepare for 2019. Still have questions? Contact us: jouleinnovation@cma.ca