covid 19 recipients

COVID-19 Innovation grant recipients

Six initiatives are receiving a total of $1 million in funding to support their COVID-19 innovation — Joule’s biggest grant offering to date. Click through to learn more about each recipient, their team and their initiative.

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Dr. Neil Naik
PPE Access

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Dr. Heidi Britton
Universal Antimicrobial Coating

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Dr. Susan Ripley
Novel N95 Design

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Dr. Joseph Ma
COVID-19 Disinfection Device

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Dr. Peter Goldberg
Code Life Ventilator Challenge

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Ms. Monisha Persaud
Student-Senior Isolation Prevention Partnership


About the program

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.

Through extensive consultations with the physician innovation community, the Joule team identified an opportunity to advance this important work. Through this $1 million, one-time round of funding, Joule is helping physician innovators, entrepreneurs and start-ups to push for unique solutions to the health care problems posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

We know the demand is great. In just 16 days, Joule received close to 300 applications — more than any Joule grant program to date.

Joule’s expedited granting response to the COVID-19 pandemic is funding innovative solutions that:

  • Support and protect the physical and mental health and well-being of front-line health care workers;
  • Improve access to care during the COVID-19 pandemic, that benefit both the patient and provider; and
  • Address the social determinants of health and improve health equity for vulnerable populations affected by the pandemic.