2018 Large-Scale Applied Research Project (LSARP) Competition: Genomics Solutions for Agriculture, Agri-food, Fisheries and Aquaculture

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Genome Canada, together with Agriculture and Agri-food Canada (AAFC), has announced a Request for Applications (RFA) for the 2018 Large Scale Applied Research Project Competition “Genomics Solutions for Agriculture, Agri-Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture”. The Competition aims to support projects that have the potential to provide new approaches that can improve disease and pest resistance in our crops, livestock and fish, increase our understanding of soil and aquatic microbiomes, and improve our ability to monitor and assess wild fish populations.

Successful projects will use genomics to advance the sustainability, productive capacity and competitive position of the Canadian agriculture and agri-food & fisheries and aquaculture sectors, and thereby strengthen Canada’s economy and the wellbeing of Canadians. Research that examines the implications of genomics in society, such as factors that may facilitate or hinder the effective translation of research and the uptake of genomic-based applications, will also be supported as part of the Competition.

The agriculture and agri-food & fisheries and aquaculture sectors have a history of using research to assess challenges and develop solutions. Genomics-based approaches have the potential to predict and mitigate the effects of climate change, such as understanding the response of fisheries to climate fluctuations, identifying crops and livestock that are more resilient to temperature extremes, and by reducing methane emissions related to livestock production systems.

Funds Available

  • There is approximately $30 million available for this competition through Genome Canada and up to $16 million from AAFC.
  • The contribution from Genome Canada must be between $1 million and $4 million, and the amount of co-funding from eligible sources must be at least equal to the Genome Canada contribution. If applicable, the contribution from AAFC must be between $0.5 million and $3 million.
  • Successful individual projects will be awarded funding for a term of up to four years.

Genome Canada funds can be awarded to researchers and scholars affiliated with the following institutions and organizations:

  • Canadian post-secondary organizations and their affiliated institutions and research institutes
  • Canadian non-federal government departments or agencies and not-for-profit organizations with an explicit research or knowledge-translation mandate.

Research teams may include as co-applicants international, private sector, or federal laboratory scientists. However, Genome Canada funding is restricted to activities performed within Genome Canada eligible institutions and AAFC funding (from this funding opportunity) is restricted to activities performed within AAFC, for projects it determines to be relevant (refer to RFA).

All applicants must identify and address key ethical, economic, environmental, legal and/or social aspects relevant to the genomics research (GE3LS) being proposed as part of the overall research plan. Stand alone GE3LS proposals are also eligible to be submitted as large-scale projects. See examples of previously funded GE3LS research in Ontario.

Application Material and Relevant Links

RFA and Guidelines:

Registration form:

Pre-application forms:

Full Application forms:

  • Coming soon

Other resources:

Competition Timeline

In order to better prepare the projects being submitted from Ontario for this competition, Ontario Genomics will engage external reviewers and advisors to perform a friendly review of the draft applications and facilitate strategy sessions.  Please note that to accommodate this process the OG deadlines differ from those in the official RFA from Genome Canada.  Applicants will receive feedback on their applications including gaps and areas for improvement to be addressed prior to submission to Genome Canada.

Researchers in Ontario intending to submit an application are strongly encouraged to contact Ontario Genomics, if having not already done so, to discuss details of the competition such as the scope, the application process, tips for writing the Benefits to Canada Section of the proposal, how to incorporate GE3LS in proposals, and co-funding requirements.

Date Stage
June 28, 2018, 1:00PM Informational Webinar
Add to Calendar
August 7, 2018 Draft Registrations due to Ontario Genomics (OG)*
August 14, 2018, 10:00AM Final Registrations due to OG
August 16, 2018 Eligible Registrations due to Genome Canada
September 14, 2018 Draft Pre-Applications due to OG
November 8, 2018, 10:00AM Pre-Applications due to OG
November 15, 2018 Pre-Applications due to Genome Canada
Late January 2019 Pre-Application Results
February 28, 2019, 10:00AM Draft Full Application due to OG
March 29, 2019 Final Full Applications due to OG
April 11, 2019 Full Applications due to Genome Canada
Late May 2019 Review Committee meets (including meetings with applicants)
Late June 2019 Notification of Decision

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

If you have any questions, please attend the webinar (see above) or contact Caitlin Taylor, Senior Manager of Research and Business Development at ctaylor@ontariogenomics.ca.