2016 Genomics Technology Platforms Competition: Operations Support and Technology Development Funds (CLOSED)

Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP)

Genome Canada’s mission includes a commitment to provide researchers across Canada access to leading edge genomic1 technologies. Genome Canada fulfills this part of its mandate by supporting a number of genomics technology platforms across Canada.

Each technology platform provides researchers access to high throughput genomic technologies such as DNA sequencing, RNA expression, protein identification and quantitation, and metabolomics, as well as new method and protocol development, data analysis and bioinformatics. Each platform also assists researchers in the development of research proposals by providing advice on appropriate technologies, study design, data analysis and bioinformatics that improves the quality of the research. The platforms also develop new and improved genomic technologies ensuring that the services they provide are able to support cutting edge genomics research.

This funding opportunity has two main objectives:

  1. To select the technology platforms best able to provide Canadian researchers access to leading edge genomic technologies and methods.
  2. To enable the selected platforms to develop new technologies and/or improve existing technologies that will improve services provided by the platform and will ensure that they remain at the forefront in providing access to leading edge genomics technologies and methods.

Funds Available

  • This is an open competition for a five-year funding period with a maximum total envelope of $15 million per year available from Genome Canada. The last two years of funding are subject to the successful outcome of an interim review for each platform and Genome Canada securing additional funding.
  • The maximum available funds from Genome Canada for each successful platform will be $2 million per year over five years.
  • 1:1 co-funding will be required. In cases where co-funding is associated with technology development, the co-funding must be allocated specifically for the proposed technology development project.

Each potential technology platform must provide access to leading edge genomic technologies on a fee-for-service basis and show demand for services based on past, current and potential future projects.

In order to better prepare applications being submitted from Ontario for this competition, Ontario Genomics (OG) will complete a review of full applications prior to submission to Genome Canada. Please note that to accommodate this process, OG deadlines differ from Genome Canada deadlines. Applicants will receive feedback on their applications including gaps and areas for improvement.

Application Material and Relevant Links

RFA and Guidelines:
Request for Applications
Genome Canada Funding Guidelines

Registration Form (Word)

Full Application:
Full Application Form (Word)
Budget Template – (Excel)

Other resources:
Genome Canada Competition

Please note that the timelines for this competition are short and will require applicants to begin working on the Full Application as soon as eligibility is confirmed. Ontario Genomics encourages the submission of Registration forms prior to the August 17th deadline.

Competition Timeline:

Aug. 17, 2016 Draft Registrations due to Ontario Genomics*
Sept. 6, 2016 Final Registrations due to Ontario Genomics
Sept. 8, 2016 Eligible Registrations due to Genome Canada
Oct. 3, 2016 Draft Full Applications due to Ontario Genomics
Nov. 1, 2016 Final Full Applications due to Ontario Genomics
Nov. 10, 2016 Full Applications due to Genome Canada
Mid-Feb., 2017 International Review committee meetings, including videoconference  interviews with shortlisted applicants
Late Mar., 2017 Notification of Decision

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

If you are interested in this competition, please contact Meredith McLaren at mmclaren@OntarioGenomics.ca to discuss further details.

1.The term genomics is defined here as the comprehensive study, using high throughput technologies, of the genetic information of a cell or organism, including the function of specific genes, their interactions with each other and the activation and suppression of genes. For purposes of describing Genome Canada’s mandate it also includes related disciplines such as bioinformatics, epigenomics, metabolomics, metagenomics, proteomics and transcriptomics.