Ontario Regional Priorities Partnership Program (RP3)

Ontario Genomics (OG) is partnering with the Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC) and Genome Canada (GC) to deliver the new Ontario Regional Priorities Partnership Program (RP3).  This regionally-focused program will be an open funding competition for Proof-of Concept (PoC)-stage projects that will deliver genomics-derived solutions for industry-identified challenges and opportunities within the Ontario agriculture and agri-food sector (AAF). To ensure maximum impact, eligible research topics will be focused on the priority areas identified in the sector strategy report, Genomics for Agriculture & Agri-Food: Ontario’s Strategic Opportunity (available May 2018).


  • Public-private partnership program that will promote the adoption of genomics-based technologies, tools and services within the Ontario AAF sector;
  • Demonstrate to industry in the AAF sector that genomics-based innovations are ready for implementation;
  • Bridge the gap between applied research and implementation.

Key Parameters of the Program:

  • Maximum project size: $500,000;
  • Co-funding: 1/3 investment from Genome Canada, 1/3 investment from Agricultural Adaptation Council and 1/3 of other applicant-identified co-funding;
  • Project Stage: PoC-stage projects with clear implementation plan;
  • Project Term: 3-year funded PoC and implementation within 2 years thereafter.

Project eligibility:

  • Proposals will be sought from the Ontario AAF sector;
  • Proposals must be co-led by an Ontario based company or not-for-profit organization (the “Receptor”) and a researcher at an eligible institution in Ontario;
  • Research supporting the proposal will need to be sufficiently advanced to enable, for example, field trials and/or validation experiments;
  • Utilize a genomic sciences-derived tool, product or process;
  • Address a suggested priority area identified in Genomics for Agriculture & Agri-Food: Ontario’s Strategic Opportunity;
  • Projects must clearly define their implementation plan and timeline appropriate to project deliverables.[1]

Competition Timeline:
Submissions due in Fall 2018. Precise program details and timelines to be published here as soon as they become available.

Program inquiries:
Kelly Hunter, Research and Business Development Manager at khunter@ontariogenomics.ca, 416.673.6562

[1] Clearly defined timelines and decision points will facilitate selection of projects where the science is mature and ready for PoC studies in environments defined by the Receptor but considering that “implementation” is different and has different timelines depending on the deliverable.