2015 Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Competition (CLOSED)

This competition is closed. All submitted proposals will be assessed according to the process outlined in the competition timeline, and results will be announced as indicated.

2015 Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Competition

Ontario Genomics is pleased to announce that Genome Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), is seeking proposals for research projects to address any aspect of bioinformatics and computational biology (B/CB) as it relates to genomics. Proposals with applications across all of Genome Canada’s sectors are welcome. These include agriculture & agri-food, fisheries & aquaculture, forestry, energy, environment, human health and mining.

Genome Canada has identified B/CB as a priority area with the goal to create an environment that supports the creation and evolution of enhanced B/CB tools and methodologies. In August 2015, a B/CB Advisory Committee struck by Genome Canada and CIHR released a consultative version of a Strategic Framework for the future of B/CB in Canada. This competition builds on Genome Canada’s 2012 B/CB competition, also in partnership with CIHR, and seeks to advance the objectives of the proposed B/CB national strategy.

The major objectives of this Request for Applications (RFA) are to:

  1. Support the development of next generation Bioinformatics and Computational Biology tools and methodologies that will be required by the research community to deal with the influx of large amounts of data produced by modern genomics technologies; and,
  2. Provide broad access of these new Bioinformatics and Computational Biology tools to the research community.

CIHR is partnering on this RFA in support of proposals in the area of human health because it recognizes that application of current technologies in genomics would create health-related data sets of unprecedented size and complexity, such that advanced computational tools are required for their analysis.

UPDATED There is $5 million of federal funding available for this competition, including $2 million through Genome Canada, $2 million through CIHR’s Roadmap Accelerator Fund (RAF)1 and $1 million through CIHR’s Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA)2. There will be a maximum investment of $250,000 per project for up to 2 years. Co-funding is NOT required.

In order to better prepare Ontario-led projects for this competition, Ontario Genomics will do an initial eligibility assessment of registrations and will coordinate an external review of eligible applications prior to submission to Genome Canada. Please note that to accommodate this process the deadlines for submission to Ontario Genomics differ from those in the official RFA from Genome Canada. Eligible applicants will receive feedback on their applications including gaps and areas for improvement.

Researchers in Ontario intending to submit an application are strongly encouraged to contact Ontario Genomics to discuss details of the competition such as the scope and application process.

Application Material and Relevant Links

RFA and Guidelines:
Request for Applications (RFA)
Guidelines for Funding Research Projects

Registration forms:
B/CB Registration Form
Please submit draft registrations by 12:00pm November 30th, 2015 to mmclaren@ontariogenomics.ca

Full Application forms:
2015 B/CB Application Form – UPDATED

Other Resources:
Genome Canada Competition webpage
Ontario projects funded through previous B/CB competition

Competition timeline

Date Event
October 29, 2015 Launch of Request for Applications (RFA)
November 30, 2015 (12:00PM) Draft Registrations due to Ontario Genomics (submit forms to mmclaren@ontariogenomics.ca)
December 9, 2015 (12:00PM) Final Registrations due to Ontario Genomics* (submit forms to mmclaren@ontariogenomics.ca)
December 11, 2015 Eligible registrations due to Genome Canada
December 18, 2015 Review of eligibility of registrations by Genome Canada completed
January 28, 2016
Draft Full Applications due to Ontario Genomics (submit forms to mmclaren@ontariogenomics.ca)
February 25, 2016
Final Full Applications due to Ontario Genomics (submit forms to mmclaren@ontariogenomics.ca)
March 4, 2016 Deadline for Full Applications to Genome Canada
Early May, 2016 Review process completed
Late June, 2016 Decisions by Genome Canada and Partners
Late June, 2016 Notification of Decision

*Ontario Genomics does not require institutional signatures on final registrations, but institutional requirements may vary, so please check with your institution.

For further information about this competition, please contact Meredith McLaren, Manager, Research and Business Development at mmclaren@ontariogenomics.ca.


1 CIHR’s RAF is intended to support transformative and impactful research that aligns with CIHR’s Research Priorities and is multi-disciplinary in nature. Scientific leadership and support for this RAF-funded initiative is shared across CIHR’s Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), Institute of Genetics (IG), and Institute of Infection and Immunity (III).

2 CIHR’s IMHA is intended to support applications that align with its relevant research areas: Chronic Pain and Fatigue, Inflammation and Tissue Repair and Disability, Mobility and Health. CIHR-IMHA supports research to enhance active living, mobility and movement, and oral health; and addresses causes, prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, support systems, and palliation for a wide range of conditions related to bones, joints, muscles, connective tissue, skin and teeth.