Alternate Funding Plans

The 2000 and 2004 Physician Services Agreements between the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) together provide more than $225 million in new annual funding to support AHSC physicians.

2018-19 Innovation Fund Competition

TOHAMO is pleased to announce the competition for Year (F2018-19) of Innovation Funds.  Innovation Funds are awarded to TOHAMO physicians to support the development of new and innovative approaches to healthcare delivery and to provide leadership in the dissemination of new knowledge across the healthcare system.  The deadline for submissions is:  Monday, October 22, 2018 at midnight.

 The current guidelines and documents to assist you with getting started on your submission can be found by clickling on the appropriate boxes below: 

  1. AHSC AFP Innovation Fund: Framework & Guidelines (June 2018)
  2. Project Submission Instructions
  3. Submission Documents:  (P1-Project Proposal; P2-Project Budget); Appendix A-Operational Impact Analysis)


Submission Deadline:  Monday, October 22, 2018 at midnight. 

Submissions should be emailed to with Innovation Fund Proposal in the subject line.  When your submission has been received, you will receive an acknowledgement email.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at 613-761-5274 or .


Connie Colasante

Executive Director

The Ottawa Hospital Academic Medical Organization (TOHAMO)

  • Guidelines

    The Innovation Fund Provincial Oversight Committee (IFPOC) issued the Year 11: AHSC AFP Innovation Funds Framework & Guidelines June 1, 2018.  These guidelines outline the criteria and necessary documentation to complete your project submission.  Please ensure that you review these guidelines when preparing your innovation project proposal.  IFPOC will review all submissions forwarded from TOHAMO and issue their recommendation for approval by no later than March 31, 2019.



  • Policies & Procedures

    In  addition to the AHSC AFP Innovation Fund Framework & Guidelines (June 1, 2018), the TOHAMO Board has approved the following policies and procedures that further guide the TOHAMO Innovation Funds Process.  Please ensure that you are familiar with these policies and procedures as you prepare your submission for consideration.

  • Submission Process

    For Year 11: (F2018-19) of the Submission Process, please click on the following documents below.



  • Annual Report

    One year following Research Ethics Board approval of your project and release of funding to you by TOHAMO (via an OHRI research account), you are required to submit an Annual Status Report on your project to TOHAMO Board.  For your convenience please utilize the attached template when completing your Annual Status Report. 


  • Final Report

    As outlined in the AHSC AFP Innovation Fund Framework & Guidelines (June 1, 2018), upon completion of your project, you are required to submit a Final Report to TOHAMO Board and IFPOC.  The Final Report must be submitted to TOHAMO and IFPOC within 60 days of your project completion.  The timeline for the Final Report is firm.  The Final Report is due 3 years following your funding announcement (eg. Funding March 2019, Final Report Due March 2022).


  • FAQ

    Q: What is the maximum grant that an Innovation project will be awarded?

    A: The maximum grant per project is $100,000.

    Q: Do you need to submit your proposal to the Ottawa Methods Centre prior to submission to TOHAMO?

    A: Yes, if your project includes the collection and analysis of data, the project proposal must be reviewed in advance by the Ottawa Methods Centre at .

    Q: Is there a fee associated with the Ottawa Methods Centre review of your proposal?

    A: No, there is no fee associated with this review as TOHAMO provides the funding to the Ottawa Methods Centre to conduct all necessary reviews.

    Q: Can I submit more than one grant application in any given funding year?

    A: Yes, you may submit more than one project proposal per year.  However, at present there is a maximum funding for 2 projects per any one physician during a grant cycle. 

    Q: Do I need to provide a letter of support from the Hospital with my project proposal?

    A: No, a letter of support is not required as long as Appendix A (Operational Impact Analysis) is completed and duly signed by the appropriate hospital Vice-President.

    Q: Do I need to provide a letter of support from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa?

    A: No, a letter is not required.

    Q: Do I need a letter of support from other funding agencies?

    A: A letter is not required with your submission.  You may submit a letter if you choose to do so.

    Q: When will I be advised that my project has received final approval?

    A: There is a 2 step approval process of your proposal.  Step 1 involves an internal review of all proposals by an External Review Panel.  The External Review Panel scores and ranks all projects against available funding and makes a recommendation to the TOHAMO Board.  TOHAMO Board reviews and approves project proposal for submission to the province.  Step 2 involves the review and approval of the proposals by the Innovation Fund Provincial Oversight Committee (IFPOC). TOHAMO receives the final approval and funding from IFPOC by late March of each year.

    Q: As a Principle Investigator, can I remunerate myself from the Innovation Grant?

    A: The AFP Guidelines do allow for physician remuneration and there are established OMA rates that are applicable.  The TOHAMO Board approved a Physician Remuneration Policy which sets out further guidelines for remuneration. The remuneration request must be submitted to the appropriate Department Head for review and approval prior to reimbursement.  If unsure, please contact the TOHAMO Executive Director for further information.