Funding Opportunities

OGI seeks to connect members of the scientific community with funding and award opportunities for research, commercialization, training and education. Follow the links below for more information on new opportunities and active competitions, and check back often for new postings and updates.




OGI Opportunities

New Opportunities Category Deadline Maximum Award
Genomic Applications Partnership Program Research / Commercialization Rolling Maximum Award $2 million
Discovery Frontiers: Advancing Big Data Science in Genomics Research Research May 1, 2013 $7 million total
Research and Innovation Leading to Rapid Detection of Pathogenic E.coli Research January 14th, 2013 $1.025 million total for the competition
Genomics tools for the detection and surveillance of Listeria monocytogenes Research September 4, 2012 $600,000 for 1 project (across Canada)
SPARK Program Research

On Hold

OGI Technology Seeding Program Commercialization On Hold
Genomics Project Development Workshops Research On Hold
Pre-commercialization Business Development Fund Commercialization On hold


Other Opportunities

New Opportunities Category Deadline Maximum Award
CQDM/CIHR collaborative funding program in personalized medicine Research June 27, 2014 $750K
OCE-CQDM Life Sciences R&D Challenge Research January 6, 2014 Up to $3 million CDN
Melanoma Research Alliance call for proposals in Acral Melanoma Genomics Research July 31, 2013 Up to $750 000 USD
European Research Projects on Rare Diseases Joint Transnational Call for Research Proposals Research  January 31, 2013 Up to $2,025,000 (three or four grants - maximum $150,000 per annum for up to three years) 
Grain Farmers of Ontario Call for Research Proposals Research January 14, 2013 Contact Meghan Moran, Research Coordinator - Grain Farmers of Ontario, for more information:
CQDM Life Sciences Funding Program Within Ontario-Quebec Corridor Research September 28, 2012 $750,000
IDRC-funded small projects: Applications of DNA Barcoding Research February 3, 2012 $30,000
Autism Speaks - Dennis Weatherstone Predoctoral Fellowships for 2012 Training November 30, 2011 $28,000

New Directions Research Program

Research September 22, 2011 Up to $200,000 per project
Canadian Epigenetics, Environment and Health Research Consortium - Epigenomics Platform Research September 29, 2011 Up to $13,500,000
Canadian Epigenetics, Environment and Health Research Consortium - Catalyst Grant Research September 30, 2011 Up to $1,000,000
Canadian Epigenetics, Environment and Health Research Consortium - Priority Announcement in Epigenetics on the Fall 2011 Fellowship Research October 3, 2011 $550,000
DOE JGI Community Sequencing Program (CSP) Microbial Sequencing Proposals Research October 3, 2011 TBA
Ontario-Israel Call for Proposals (CFP) Collaborative R&D Projects Research October 31, 2011 Up to $300,000
Call for Proposals for Ontario (Canada)-India Collaborative R&D Projects Commercialization November 14, 2011 Up to $300,000
Investment Accelerator Fund (IAF) for life science companies Commercialization Rolling Application $1 million
MaRS - List of Funding Programs, Awards and Prizes Available to Life Sciences Companies Commercialization Variable Variable
Canada-California Collaborative Cancer Stem Cell Resource and Technology Platform Network (or C4Resource) Research TBA TBA
International Strategic Opportunities Program (ISOP) Research Rolling Application $150,000
Health Technology Exchange (HTX) Commercialization Rolling Application $100,000 - $15 Million
Northern Ontario Heritage Fund: Emerging Technology Program Research / Commercialization Rolling Application $1 Million
MITACS Accelerate Masters and PhD Student Internship Program Training Rolling Application $15,000 / 4 months
NSERC Prizes Prize Variable Variable
NSERC Grants Research Variable Variable
CIHR Funding Research Variable Variable


Active Competitions

Active Competitions Category Deadline Maximum Award
2012 Genome Canada Bioinformatics & Computational Biology Competition  Research  July 20, 2012  $500,000 for
large projects
$250,000 for
small projects
2012 Large Scale Applied Research Competition Research February 27, 2012 $5,000,000
OGI SPARK program ‚Äď Technology Development Research May 22, 2012 $50,000
Genome Canada Entrepreneurship Education in Genomics (EEG) Program Commercialization/Training March 14 registration $1 Million
Grand Challenges Canada: Canadian Rising Stars Research Proposal: March 7, 2011 $1 Million
Pre-announcement: CIHR Rare Diseases Emerging Teams Research LOI: January 1, 2011 $500,000
RFA 10-05: CIRM Disease Team Therapy Development Awards Research LOI due January 26, 2011 $100,000 (Planning Award); $20 million (Research Award)
Joint Collaborative Program between Genome Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR): ‚ÄúAdvancing Technology Innovation through Discovery‚ÄĚ Research Full Proposal: October 15, 2010 $4 Million