Federal government invests $796,000 in projects tackling pandemic-born challenges
Six projects focused on addressing challenges surfaced by the COVID-19 pandemic are receiving a cumulative $796,000 investment from the federal government through the National Research Council of Canada (NRC). The NRC funding will be invested through the agency’s Pandemic Response Challenge program, which seeks to fast-track research and development aimed at specific COVID-19 gaps and challenges identified by Canadian health experts. OCAD University will receive $150,000 to develop guidelines and functionalities for the design of virtual care software for vulnerable populations. The University of Toronto is receiving $100,000 to develop tests for rapid, instrument-free COVID-19 diagnostics in saliva. The companies receiving funding through the ISC Testing Stream include:Project Oasis – this project is developing a platform allowing government subject matter experts to share information.