Sharing Big Data for Health Care Innovation: Advancing the Objectives of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health

Genome Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), have launched a request for applications focused in the area of data sharing.

This competition aims to support a single pan-Canadian program that will develop a strategy for the responsible, secure and effective sharing of genomic and clinical datasets across Canada and the world. The resulting framework will accelerate health research and improve patient care. The successful program will involve a broad range of stakeholders and support the activities of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health.

Please contact OGI (Meredith McLaren at if you are interested in applying to this program. Also please note that the deadlines for OGI may differ from those in the official RFA from Genome Canada.

Funds Available

  • There is up to $1 million available for this competition through Genome Canada with up to an additional $0.5 million available from CIHR (up to $1.5 million total).
  • 25% of the requested funding for eligible costs must be obtained through co-funding from other sources.
  • The successful project will be awarded funding for a term of up to three years.

Competition timeline

Webinar December 1, 2014
Registrations due to OGI January 15, 2015
Eligible registrations due to Genome Canada January 19, 2015
Deadline for Full Applications due to OGI February 16, 2015
Deadline for Full Applications due to Genome Canada March 16, 2015
Review of Applications Early April, 2015
Decisions of Funders (anticipated) Late April, 2015
Notification of Decision Early May, 2015