eXtended Reality Health Economic Acceleration and Development (xR HEAD) Program

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xR HEAD Program Funding Results

The xR HEAD program has released the results for the competition launched in November 2019.

  • The projects will run from March 2020 to March 2022.
  • We received 21 application and 7 projects were ultimately selected.
  • The total value of all the awards is $1.6 million.
  • Applicants contributed a further $542 thousand.
  • The total xR HEAD investment amounts to $2.1 million.

Successful applicants for the xR HEAD program:

ApplicantReceptorProject TitleAward Value
Dynacor Communications Inc.Alberta Health Services – Emergency Medical ServicesProlonged Exposure Therapy VR$174,040
ICOM Productions Inc.Bow Valley CollegeVirtual Reality Focused Assessment Tool$250,000
University of AlbertaAlberta Health Services – Glenrose Rehabilitation HospitalGlenrose: xR Simulations to Increase Patient Compliance for Rehabilitation$249,425
KO Group Ltd.University of Alberta – Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences Degenerative Eye Condition VR Experience$250,000
Luxsonic Technologies, Inc.Pureform Diagnostic Imaging ClinicsSieVrt – Clinical workflow integration of a virtual reality radiology system$202,650
Red Iron Labs Ltd.Lethbridge CollegeCareGiVR: Building Self-Efficacy in Dementia Care Through Immersive Education$250,000
AnimationLeader Technology Inc.Caleo HealthDevelopment of a Standardized BioMechanics Assessment Protocol (BMAP) using Bodiometer’s AR-enabled Posture Tracking App$249,988

Description

In partnership with the Alberta Chapter of the Virtual Reality / Augmented Reality Association (VRARA), Alberta Innovates is proud to announce the eXtended Reality Health Economic Acceleration and Development (xR HEAD) program. This program will be a first-of-its-kind opportunity for stakeholders in Alberta’s virtual, mixed, and augmented-reality (collectively ‘xR’) health innovation ecosystem to come together in a coordinated way to jointly develop xR innovations that can enhance patient care or support the training of health professionals. These opportunities will be co-identified and co-developed by health innovation stakeholders and will align to Alberta Innovates’ four research and innovation priorities, the Alberta Research and Innovation Framework (ARIF), and will create economic and health system economic value.

Funding

Alberta Innovates’ Investment for successful Projects within xR HEAD will be a maximum of $250,000 per Project. A minimum of 25% of total Project Costs must be provided by either the Entity Applicant or the Receptor Site Applicant as cash or in-kind contributions. Cash contributions may not be made using funds from other Provincial (Alberta) funding. See the Program Guide for full details.

Objectives

  • xR HEAD seeks to:
  • Build a platform where stakeholders in Alberta’s xR healthcare ecosystem can come together in a coordinated way to jointly identify needs and test and implement solutions.
  • Provide advisory and “match-making” support for Entities seeking engagement and input with healthcare delivery professionals and patients.
  • Link Entities into the business advisory services provided by our Technology Development Advisors Program and Regional Innovation Network partners.
  • Support the accelerated testing and evaluation of xR-based innovations through real-world Projects that can generate the evidence necessary to inform innovation adoption.
  • Promote the entry and diffusion of made-in-Alberta health innovations into local and global markets to boost success of health-based xR entities.
  • Cultivate a high performing R&I ecosystem by contributing to a diversified economy and enhancing the health of Albertans.

Who can Apply

Each Project funded through xR HEAD must involve an Entity Applicant and a Receptor Site Applicant.

The Receptor Site Applicant must demonstrate a significant legal and physical presence in Alberta. All Applications must demonstrate positive impact for Alberta and will require close collaboration between the Entity Applicant and Receptor Site.

See the Program Guide for full details.

Application Guide and Supporting Documents