AICE – Market Access

Real-world projects

How this program works

This program supports real-world implementation projects that involve a market-ready, digital or data-enabled health innovation.

Eligibility

  • The innovation must satisfy all relevant regulatory and certification standards.
  • Projects funded through AICE – Market Access are co-designed by the SME and Testing Site to implement the innovation in a real-world clinical setting and generate evidence that will inform key adoption decision makers.
  • Projects are built through partnership between the SME and Testing Site, and this partnership must be established prior to applying for AICE – Market Access.

If you require assistance locating a partner, please contact the AICE Program Manager for advisory support.

Funding

We will contribute 50 percent of total project costs up to $250,000 CAD per project, over a maximum term of 18 months.

What to expect

SMEs who participate in AICE – Market Access can expect the following outcomes:

  • Generate evidence through real-world implementation to support adoption and diffusion
  • Build connections with innovative health providers
  • Improve business and investor readiness

Testing Sites who participate in AICE – Market Access can expect the following outcomes:

  • Build capacity for adopting promising health innovations
  • Improve competitiveness in a rapidly shifting health care environment
  • Build connections with innovative SMEs

On a provincial scale, AICE – Market Access endeavours to enable new models of care delivery, improve the quality of care, reduce the burden of disease, and accelerate health and wellness innovation.

Application deadline

This program is continuous intake. Apply now!

Application Process

  1. Intake form
    Interested SMEs and testing sites are encouraged to submit an intake form via our Intake Form (Microsoft WORD)
  2. Pre-application meeting
    A pre-application meeting is held between the SME, testing site and Alberta Innovates to ensure all parties are aligned on the objectives and outcomes of the project
  3. Full application
    Full applications will be accepted at any time, subject to available funds. Applications should be submitted via the online application portal.

Please note that you will need to create an account to access our online application portal. If you have any questions about the application process or concerns about your project’s eligibility, feel free to contact the program manager at any time.

Resources

Key Documents and forms

Additional Information

  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) – provides evidence standards that enable innovators to determine what level of evidence may be required to facilitate adoption of digital health technologies.
  • Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit (Methods Support) – provides support in formulating robust project methodology to ensure generation of adequate evidence.
  • Alberta Clinical Research Roadmap – an interactive online navigator outlining the steps to setting up and conducting a clinical health research study within Alberta.
  • ARECCI – helps practitioners, agencies and organizations identify and mitigate ethical risks in program evaluations, quality improvement projects, needs assessments, health innovations and knowledge translation.
  • Alberta Innovates, Entrepreneurial Investments – Alberta Innovates offers a variety of related high-demand, entrepreneurial investment programs that are of interest to SMEs.