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Program at a Glance

Program Status: Inactive
Priority Area(s): Catalyzes the adoption of innovative care models by cultivating partnerships between the Alberta health system and digital health innovators.


Program Status: Inactive
Alberta-based: Yes
Organization Type: Government or Public Entity
Small to Medium Enterprise


The Digital4Health (D4H) program is specifically designed to catalyze the pilot-testing, evaluation, and adoption of technology-enabled care models by cultivating partnerships between Health Service Delivery Partners (HSDPs) and digital health Technology Service Providers (TSP).

As a challenge-driven program, D4H provides an opportunity for Alberta-based HSDPs to address priority health system challenges through the implementation and real-world testing of promising digital health solutions to deliver health and economic value in Alberta.

This opportunity has the potential to introduce novel and more sustainable care models to catalyse the transformation of the health system to be more sustainable and citizen centric. Through a process of collaboration, the HSDP and TSP can generate evidence that will facilitate adoption and scale of technology-enabled care models.

Challenge Model

D4H is a challenge-driven program. Challenge statements are needs-driven and provide unique opportunities for applicants to leverage digital health solutions across the continuum of care to implement and test technology-enabled care models. To learn about current D4H Challenges and how to apply, see the “Current Challenges” link above the “Documents and Resources” below.


Alberta Innovates will contribute up to $300,000 CAD of funding and/or in-kind contributions to support approved Projects over a maximum term of 24 months. Funds for the D4H Program are dispersed directly to the Applicant.


Applicant Eligibility

Funding is open to Alberta-based Health Service Delivery Partners:

  • Academic institutions
  • Governments
  • Not-for profit organizations
  • For-profit organizations
  • Associations/Consortia/Societies

Project Eligibility

To qualify for funding, all Projects must:

  • Align with the objectives of the D4H Program;
  • Align to and address a challenge statement as posted by Alberta Innovates and potential partners;
  • Have the potential to support the development of novel, technology-enabled care models;
  • Implement and pilot digital health technology that meets at a minimum TRL level 8 requirements;
  • Include key measurable milestones with deliverables, stepped with critical “go / no -go” decision points;
  • Include a clear plan to evaluate project success (Health, economic and feasibility evaluation)
  • Include a clear and compelling path to sustainable implementation post-project;
  • Be completed within the 24-month term;
  • Submit to other criteria that Alberta Innovates may develop from time-to-time.

How To Apply

The program has multiple challenge-specific submission dates throughout the year. Challenge-specific submission deadlines will be posted on this webpage when available.

  1. Create a user account on SmartSimple, our online application portal.
  2. Register your intent to apply by completing the non-confidential summary tab and save a draft via SmartSimple, our online application portal.  Any drafts without a completed non-confidential summary section by the registration deadline will be removed and ineligible to apply.
  3. As an HSDP, collaborate with a qualifying TSP to co-create a Full Proposal.
  4. Complete and submit your Full Proposal on SmartSimple.
  5. Successful applicants (HSDP) will execute an agreement with Alberta Innovates to proceed with the Project.

More information on the application process can be found in the program guide.

If you’re an HSDP interested in becoming a Challenge partner, contact Antonio Bruni. If you’re a Technology Service Provider with specific inquiries, contact Nancy Walter.

Evaluation Process

All applications are reviewed and evaluated to determine fit with Digital4Health objectives and intended outcomes. Alberta Innovates’ staff and external expert reviewers are engaged to evaluate applications.

For more information, see the program guide.

Antonio Bruni, PhD, MBA

Director, Health System Transformation - Health Innovation

Nancy Walter

Senior Business Partner, Health System Transformation

Closed Intakes

Digital4Health - Intake

This intake is currently closed.


Registration closed: January 1, 2019

Funded Projects

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