OGI SPARK 2015 – Disruptive Innovations Competition

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.



With the SPARK 2015 program, the Ontario Genomics Institute (OGI) seeks to provide investigators with catalytic funding which will enable them to initiate novel, high-impact, highly-innovative and early-stage projects in the genomic sciences with a focus on disruptive innovations.
The overall goal of the SPARK 2015 program is to catalyze new research directions and increase the competitiveness of Ontario research and its life sciences sector.  The major objective of SPARK 2015 is to support the development of disruptive innovations using genomics, which can come in the form of a new technology or the use of an existing technology to: displace a currently-used technology or to transform or create a new market. SPARK 2015 is intended to encourage collaboration between different fields and disciplines and will likely appeal to those who embrace the inter-disciplinary approach.


OGI will provide individual awards of up to $25,000 to be used for short duration (3-6 months) research projects. OGI may fund up to four (4) research projects per year.


Funded research must be performed in Ontario (Principal Investigator (PI) must be at an academic or research institution for eligibility) and should focus on a discrete, unique and transformative project relevant to genomics sciences. The intention is to support projects that may not be readily funded by other mechanisms due to the lack of preliminary results.
It is expected that the research being proposed has not yet been completed, that applicants do not have other means of funding this research, and that the research is independent of current funding or is incremental to previously funded projects. If applicants receive funding for the proposed research after submitting their SPARK application, they must inform OGI as soon as they have received official notice of this funding (i.e. Notice of Award).

Key Dates

Event Date
Program announcement April, 2015
Proposals due to OGI No later than 4pm on Thursday May 28th, 2015
Funding decision notification July 6th, 2015
Agreement Signed No later than July 27th, 2015
Start date No later than July 27th, 2015
Final Report One month after project ends
Anniversary Update One year after project ends

All applications must be submitted electronically to Funding@OntarioGenomics.ca no later than 4 pm on Thursday, May 28th, 2015. Note: Please submit application as a single PDF and reference SPARK 2014 in the subject line of the e-mail.

More Information


If you have questions about this program or would like to contact OGI to discuss the fit of your proposal idea within the focus of the SPARK 2015 program, please contact Elaine Corbett, Manager, Business Development and Research at ECorbett@OntarioGenomics.ca

Previous SPARK programs

Genomic Sciences refer to genomics and related disciplines such as proteomics, bioinformatics and other *omics research fields. For purposes of describing OGI’s mandate it also includes related disciplines such as, epigenomics, metabolomics, metagenomics, nutrigenomics, pharmacogenomics and transcriptomics.