The Research Program team works to identify and to increase the access provincial researchers have to funding, while encouraging collaborations between scientists in Ontario, across Canada and internationally.

New Genome Canada Competitions Launched
Two new Genome Canada competitions were launched – one to support large scale genomics projects with $60 million funding, and one to support Science and Technology Innovation Centres with $24 million funding. Three projects in Ontario were awarded a total of $23.8 million ($11.3 million from Genome Canada, $12.5 million from co-funding) to further knowledge and discovery in biomonitoring and drug development.

Recognizing the Importance of Societal Impacts of Research
The OGI Societal Impact of Genomics Prize was launched in June 2010 to promote and recognize research looking at the societal issues, outcomes and impacts of genomics projects. The recipients of the $10,000 prize were Drs. Abdallah S. Daar and Sarah Ali-Khan from the McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health for their research paper on what genetics says about race, with the aim of encouraging dialogue between researchers, policy makers and the public to maximize the benefits of population-based genomics studies.

Building Partnerships
Through its Genomics Capacity Building Workshop program, OGI supported eight workshops with funding of up to $10,000 each this year focusing on topics including mouse phenotyping, autism, genome size and ploidy, metagenomics, emerging molecular techniques for microbial community analysis, cystic fibrosis, zebrafish functional genomics and specialty crops. The aim of the workshops is to stimulate collaborations to help secure international funds for large-scale projects.

Successes from Previous Competitions
Technology Development Competition:
Drs. Shana Kelley and Ted Sargent 's chip-based molecular diagnostics technology that qualifies microRNA expression levels quickly and accurately, received $1 million for their start-up company Xagenic.

Dr. Scott Tanner's company, DVS Sciences, has made several sales of its CyTOF™ mass spectrometry machine. Drs. Mehrdad Hajibabaei and Paul Hebert's development of informatics tools to analyze sequence data and develop new protocols for DNA barcode recovery have been adopted by Parks Canada and Environment Canada.

Competition 3 (2006–2010): Dr. Peter Singer has gone on to secure further funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support his Grand Challenges Canada Initiative, which is working to improve the health of people in developing countries through innovation.