COVID-19 Research & Development Call for Proposals for Innovative Solutions Canada Testing Stream (EN578-20ISCD/01) (EN578-20ISCD-01)

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Amendment date
Date closing
2020/04/22 17:00 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)


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Region of delivery
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Request for Proposal (RFP)
Trade agreement
  • Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA)
Tendering procedure
Solely Canadian content
Procurement entity
Public Works and Government Services Canada
End user entity
Public Works and Government Services Canada

Contact Information

Contact name
Secrétariat de Solutions Innovatrices Canada / Innovative Solutions Canada Secretariat
Contact email
Contact address
10 Wellington
Gatineau  QC
K1A 0S5

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April 20, 2020

This amendment is issued to:

  1. Extend the closing date to Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020 at 5:00pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) due to technical issues with the online submission platform.
  2. Include as an attachment, a PDF copy of the submission form for reference only for bidders to better prepare until the submission platform is back up and running.

Please note the limit on the number of characters/words for each question. Also please note that if there is a discrepancy between this form and the online form, the online form will take precedence.

At this point, the online submission platform remains the accepted method to submit proposals.


April 17, 2020

Amendment to include Questions and Answers as attachment 1.


This Testing Stream Notice is issued under the Innovative Solutions Canada Program (ISC) Call for Proposals 001 (EN578-20ISCD). The ISC Program Testing Stream (formerly known as the Build in Canada Innovation Program) is soliciting interested suppliers to participate in the Program to enhance Canada’s capacity in research and innovation in response to the Covid-19 outbreak. Interested suppliers will have the opportunity to bid on various themes under specific Covid-19 categories outlined below. 

For more ISC information, Bidders can visit the ISC website.

SOLICITATION PERIOD: From April 9, 2020 closing April 21, 2020.

Please refer to the Solicitation Documents which contain the process for submitting a proposal.

Steps to apply:

Step 1: read this Notice

Step 2: read the Call for Proposals

Step 3: Submit your application here

Canadian content: This requirement is solely limited to Canadian goods and/or services.

CATEGORIES: Medical and Non-Medical

Medical Category: The medical category refers to innovations that will directly support doctors, researchers, and healthcare workers in their efforts to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. Innovations applying under the medical category should have a direct application towards the combating of the COVID-19 or be of direct use for healthcare professionals to assist and protect them in the course of their duties.

1.) Theme: Prevention and Protection

Solutions under this theme could include, but are not limited to:

a. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Masks, gloves, clothing or other equipment that protects individuals from infection
  • Solutions around the recycling and re-purposing of PPE
  • PPE manufacturing process improvements to increase the overall output of PPE
  • Training solutions designed to assist personnel to work with PPE and/or deal with hazardous environments/materials

b. Sanitization

  • Sanitization agents or chemical protective measures to assist in combatting the spread of COVID-19 in hospitals, clinics, labs, or other medical facilities
  • Automated cleaning/sanitization of PPE

2.) Theme: Testing and Diagnostics

Solutions under this theme could include, but are not limited to:

  • Rapid, portable, and/or Point-of-care (POC) or other testing methods and solutions
  • Reagents solutions to improve diagnostic testing
  • Laboratory equipment (both POC and non-POC) for research, study and development of treatments

3.) Theme: Patient Monitoring, Tracking and Wellness

Solutions under this theme could include, but are not limited to:

  • Patient monitoring, tracking, and management solutions and tools to support in-hospital/disease center, non-hospital or in-home health care and services
  • Tracking, consolidating and acquisition of data from provincial health experts and authorities such as epidemiologists and infectious disease specialists.
  • Ventilators and other medical devices to address COVID-19 or other infectious diseases
  • Solutions relevant to the assessment and improvement of mental health during public health emergencies 
  • Mobile quarantine facilities

Non-Medical Category: The non-medical category refers to innovations that will assist Government of Canada departments and agencies, including through their partnerships with provinces, territories and municipalities, in addressing the challenges and impacts posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and other public health emergencies in the future.

1.) Theme: Surveillance, Tracking, Situational Awareness and Critical Response

Solutions under this theme could include, but are not limited to:

  • Solutions or applications to support education, information sharing and guidance between public sector organizations and individuals/citizens
  • Disease predictive modeling and tracking solutions that enable information sharing among public health professionals/medical service providers
  • Solutions and tools that boost situational awareness and allow medical, public health, first responder and security personnel to coordinate, decide and respond to crisis initiatives in real-time
  • Solutions that will assist with remote detection of infections and/or surveillance and/or enforcement of pandemic/crisis lockdowns
  • Solutions and tools to improve planning, tracking and assignment of medical, first responder, and law enforcement personnel, and/or health supplies during pandemic responses
  • Methods for analyzing information sources to understand how communities and public health agencies are responding to public health emergencies 
  • Food supply chain stabilization solutions that promote efficient and sustainable agricultural production to enhance food security
  • Solutions that help address awareness, information sharing and mitigation of increased COVID-19 themed (or like public health emergencies) cyber threats and online scams
  • Solutions or tools to support impact analysis and decisions regarding economic recovery

    2.) Theme: Sanitization

Solutions under this theme could include, but are not limited to:

  • Sanitization agents or chemical protective measures for a variety of applications or settings to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 or other infectious diseases
  • Automated sanitization and remote sanitization tools

Testing Departments: All interested federal departments and agencies.

Funding Mechanism: Contract


The maximum overall funding available for all Covid-19 Contracts under the Testing Stream is $10,000,000.00 CAD excluding applicable taxes, shipping, travel and living expenses.

Maximum Contract Value:

Multiple contracts could result from this requirement.

The maximum funding available for any contracts resulting from this Notice is: $550,000.00 CAD excluding applicable taxes, shipping, travel and living expenses.

This disclosure is made in good faith and does not commit Canada to contract for the total approximate funding. Final decisions on the number of awards will be made by Canada on the basis of factors such as evaluation results, departmental priorities and availability of funds.

This ISC Thematic Covid-19 Testing Stream Notice is an invitation to the scientific, technical and innovation communities to submit pre-commercial innovative science and technology proposals in response to Government of Canada requirements.

All information related to Testing Stream Proposal Submission, Evaluation Procedures and Basis of Selection are contained in the CFP solicitation document and its attachments on the ISC Website.

Background and Context

The goal of this CFP is to help the Government of Canada enhance Canada’s capacity in research and innovation on medical countermeasures, including antivirals, vaccine development and support for clinical trials for delivery of Canada’s Research and Innovation response to COVID-19.

Frequently asked questions, as well as on-going Bidder questions will be answered and published in an amendment to the Testing Stream Notice Document.


All enquiries must be submitted in writing to no later than five calendar days before the Notice closing date. Enquiries received after that time may not be answered.

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FileAmendment numberLanguageUnique Download Event (English page)Date added
testing_stream_qa.docxNot availableEnglish- 2020-04-17
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formulaire_thematique_sic_volet_essai_covid-19.pdfNot availableFrench- 2020-04-20
thematic_form_isc_testing_stream_covid-19.pdfNot availableEnglish- 2020-04-20