Initiation Stage

The Procurement by Co-Design program is currently in the initiation stage. Providers are now accepting vendor responses to Challenges.


The Procurement by Co-Design program is led by healthcare delivery organizations (providers) that are open to participating in a new innovation procurement approach using design challenge best practices. MaRS will offer providers the required guides, templates, workbooks and workshops to succeed.

The call for challenges is now closed, but if you are interested in conducting an independent procurement by co-design, or would like to attend workshops please e-mail


By participating, healthcare innovators, startups and SMEs will have a chance to develop and test solutions directly with the heathcare providers that will ultimately use them.

Providers are now accepting vendor responses to Challenges.

Vendors may respond by completing and submitting Vendor Brief that contains their pitch, proposed approach, and all supporting data and references. The Vendor Guidebook provides more information on completing a brief, the overall process, including a timeline.

Vendors briefs must be submitted to the providers with a cc to by October 20, 2017 at 5:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.

Dialog Day

Providers review vendor responses to their challenge and use the evaluation criteria to shortlist their preferred vendors, who will be invited to participate in a “Dialog Day”, which takes place on Monday, November 6, 2017. This is when providers can ask questions, discuss the proposed approaches and decide which vendor(s) proceed with them to apply for the Co-Design Grant, and the design and prototyping phase.

Co-Design Grant

Once providers make their final vendor selection and successfully form a team, they may apply for the Co-Design Grant.

  • Complete the Co-Design Grant Application Template as a team.
  • The lead applicant must be from the Provider organization.
  • Completed applications must be submitted to by November 10, 2017.

See Program Details for more information on the co-design and procurement stages.