Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP)

Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP)

The Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP) funds downstream research and development (R&D) projects that address real world opportunities and challenges defined by “Receptor” organizations such as industry, government, or not-for-profit entities. These organizations should have the expertise, resources and commitment to commercialize or implement the outcomes of the project. Projects must be active collaborations between the Receptor organization (Canadian or international) and a Canadian academic researcher. Both must play an integral role in the project. These projects are co-funded by Receptors and other stakeholders and must have the potential to generate significant social and/or economic benefits for Canada. The GAPP aims to:

  • Accelerate the application of Canadian genomics-derived solutions from academia to real-world opportunities and challenges defined by industry, not-for-profit and public-sector Receptors.
  • Channel Canada’s genomics capacity into sustainable innovations that benefit Canadians.
  • Enhance the value of Canadian genomics technologies by de-risking and incentivizing follow-on investment from industry and other partners.
  • Foster mutually beneficial collaboration and knowledge exchange between Canadian academia and technology receptors.

GAPP is open to projects across all sectors. For examples of previously funded projects, see Funded GAPP Projects

Genome Canada launched a national initiative for the clinical implementation of precision health, focusing on a rare disease pilot program as a foundational step. To initiate this program, Genome Canada is accepting submissions of projects to the Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP). More details

IMPORTANT – GAPP Round 19 update
from Genome Canada

Key Parameters of the Program:

  • Total project size: $300,000 to $6 million.
  • Co-Funding: Up to 1/3 investment from Genome Canada; Receptor co-funding (cash and/or in-kind) that is equal to or greater than Genome Canada’s contribution; and any remaining co-funding from other eligible sources. For more information see Section 4 and Appendix 2 of the GAPP Investment Strategy and Guidelines.
  • Project term: 2 – 3 years. Shorter or longer terms will be considered only if strong rationale is provided.
  • Project stage: Small-scale proof-of-concept / pilot projects through to large-scale projects will be accepted. Projects should not be in discovery phase.

Project Eligibility:

To be eligible for the GAPP, a project must:

  • Develop and apply a genomics-derived or genomics-enabling tool, product or process to an opportunity or challenge defined by the Receptor(s);
  • Focus on late stage R&D that will position the innovation for near-term implementation / commercialization;
  • Be co-led by an academic and a Receptor organization in partnership, with active and necessary roles for both; and
  • Demonstrate the potential to generate significant social and/or economic benefits for Canada.

Receptor Definition:

A Receptor is defined as an organization that intends to put the resulting innovation into practice (in internal operations, by commercialization, or otherwise making it available to its ultimate users). Eligible Receptors include:

  • Companies (private / public, Canadian / foreign-owned);
  • Industry consortia;
  • Government departments and agencies (federal, provincial and municipal);
  • Healthcare organizations; and
  • Not-for-profit organizations

Small or start-up companies may be considered, as per the Investment Strategy Guidelines.

Application Process:

There is a three-stage, gated application process for this program:

  • Expression of Interest (EOI)
  • Project Pitch
  • Supplementary Proposal

Note that the EOI and Project Pitch content resembles a business case for the proposed project. At each of the above stages, Ontario Genomics has developed a review process, where a panel of industry experts and entrepreneurs provide feedback to help teams navigate the application and increase their competitiveness. These reviews are mandatory for all Ontario projects. Applicants should anticipate the following phases in the application process:

  • Register your intent to apply to Ontario Genomics and obtain EOI form.
  • Complete a draft EOI and submit to Ontario Genomics.
  • Present a face-to-face business pitch to Ontario Genomics’ GAPP Review Panel (see panel members).
  • Develop the final EOI through active collaboration with Ontario Genomics.
  • Submit EOI to Genome Canada via Ontario Genomics.
  • For teams invited to Project Pitch stage:
    • Present practice pitch to Ontario Genomics before official pitch to Genome Canada.
  • For teams invited to Supplementary Proposal stage:
    • Submit draft applications to Ontario Genomics for panel review before submission to Genome Canada.

Application Forms and Submission:

If you are considering applying, please contact Helen Petropoulos, Director, Commercialization & Programs.

Important Documents:

Competition Timelines:

Stage Round 18* Round 19*
Draft EOI due to Ontario Genomics Oct 28, 2019, 9am Mar 16, 2020, 9am
Face-to-face meeting with  Ontario Genomics’ review panel Dec 10, 2019 Apr 14-16, 2020
Final EOI due to Ontario Genomics Jan 15, 2020, 9 am May 14, 2020, 9 am
Rehearsal Pitch to Ontario Genomics Jan 27-Feb 4, 2020 Jun 8-17, 2020
Pitch to Genome Canada Feb 3-19, 2020 Jun 18-30, 2020
Draft Supplementary Proposal due to Ontario Genomics Mar 5, 2020, 9 am Aug 4, 2020
Final Supplementary Proposal due to Ontario Genomics Apr 3, 2020 Sep 23, 2020
Notice of Award Jun 2020 Dec 2020

* all dates subject to change; we will keep you apprised of future GAPP rounds.

GAPP Round 19 update from Genome Canada