The Ontario Genomics Institute seeks – as part of its mandate to augment, for Ontario’s genomics research community, access to and the impact of genomics technology and resources – to establish a formal framework and program (Ontario Genomics Platform Affiliates program, or “OGPA”) with which it will better be able to support Ontario’s genomics platform technology service facilities. By “genomics”, we mean large-scale, holistic and systematic approaches (and associated technologies) to creating resources accelerating life sciences research; this is inclusive of proteomics and other “omics” applications. Designation as an OGPA platform technology service facility (“Platform Affiliate”, or “PA”) is intended: to increase the visibility to and use of the PAs by the research community; to create greater leverage in negotiating vendor discounts on or access to leading-edge genomics technology and reagents; and to facilitate sharing of capacity, information and strategy – when mutually agreed upon – among the PAs.
OGI’s strategic perspective in this program, as with our other programs, is Ontario-wide. We seek to create greater connectivity, both among Ontario’s genomics platform technology service facilities and between them and their users (research scientists) and providers (vendors).
OGI has historically funded several primary genomics and proteomics genomics platform technology services. These have been funded with funds from Genome Canada, but have also drawn on service revenues as well as support from Ontario’s government (MRI-ORF, ORDCF, OIT, etc.) and other funders such as CFI.
OGI is currently funding (as part of Genome Canada’s Platform Technology program) The Centre for Applied Genomics (TCAG), led by Dr. Stephen Scherer at SickKids.
To learn more about OGI's Platform Affiliate members please click here.
As funding opportunities and need allow, OGI may become involved in funding other primary platforms (e.g., in proteomics).
For more information, please see the program charter by clicking here.
Click here for the Memorandum of Understanding template.
Click here for the OGPA application form.