Genome Canada launched a new funding program on June 3, 2013, seeking proposals which focus on the partnerships of Users and academia and to promote the application of genomics-derived solutions to address key sector challenges or opportunities facing Users – User pull.
With this program, Genome Canada aims to fund projects that have defined User partners and will have socioeconomic benefit to Canada. In particular, projects must have a clear partnership between the User partner and the academic researcher(s).
There will be a rolling application process (outlined below) that will consist of an EOI and a full application.
In order to better prepare the projects for this competition, Ontario Genomics will also complete a due diligence review of the EOIs prior to submission to Genome Canada. EOIs will be reviewed by a due diligence review panel (see members here). Applicants will be required to present their business case to the Review Panel at which time they will be screened for eligibility. At this same time, the Panel will also perform a due diligence review and question applicants. All applicants will receive feedback on their EOIs including gaps and areas for improvement. Ontario Genomics plans to use this feedback to assess the level and type of support required to help the team through the application process.
After receipt and acknowledgement of eligibility of the EOI by a portfolio manager at Genome Canada, eligible applicants will be invited to pitch their project to a Genome Canada panel consisting of the portfolio manager and external experts. Only successful applicants will be invited to submit a full application .
Applicants invited to submit a full application will undergo a second Ontario Genomics due diligence panel review. Constructive feedback will be provided at this time.