Call for Applications: OCE-CQDM Life Sciences R&D Challenge

Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Québec Consortium for Drug Discovery (CQDM), in partnership with Life Sciences Ontario and BiopolisQuébec, are seeking applicants for the OCE-CQDM Life Sciences R&D Challenge, a new program supporting novel technologies that accelerate drug discovery processes and lead to safer and more effective compounds.

This initiative will help build a competitive advantage for the sector by combining resources and strengths across the Ontario-Québec Life Sciences Corridor, by:

  • Attracting product mandates from pharmaceutical companies for SMEs in both provinces
  • Paving the way for new and unique opportunities for investments, partnerships and collaborations across the Corridor

The OCE-CQDM Life Sciences R&D Challenge mandate is to fund projects targeting the development of cutting edge technologies with strong and immediate impact on the drug discovery process while fostering partnerships amongst academia and SMEs, start-up companies and contract research organizations in the field of biopharmaceuticals, medical devices, diagnostics, engineering and medical imaging.

OCE and CQDM may jointly award up to $300,000 per project, supporting approximately three to four qualified projects that help build a competitive advantage in the Life Sciences Corridor by developing novel technologies, processes or services enabling drug discovery. Projects may be up to three years in duration.


How to Apply
Applicants must connect with an OCE Business Development Manager to help in the preparation of the application.

For Business Development support:

John Fielding
OCE Business Development Director
1 (866) 759 6014 Ext. 4233
For more information about the program:

Nicole Mihai      
OCE Program Manager
1 (866) 759 6014 Ext.3234

Judith Caron
CQDM Director of Programs
(514)-766-6661 Ext. 2195

Helen Loughrey
CQDM Sr. Director Scientific Affairs
(514)-766-6661 Ext. 2197


View full details of this program.
For Program Guidelines click here.

Click here to view the Press Release

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