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Request for Applications - 2015 Large-Scale Applied Research Project Competition

June 4, 2015

Genome Canada is pleased to launch a new funding opportunity – the 2015 Large-Scale Applied Research Project Competition Natural Resources and the Environment: Sector Challenges – Genomic Solutions.

This funding opportunity is aimed at supporting projects focused on using genomic approaches to address challenges and opportunities of importance to Canada’s natural resources and environment sectors, including interactions between natural resources and the environment, thereby contributing to the Canadian bioeconomy and the well-being of Canadians. The scope of this funding opportunity includes areas such as genomics research related to energy, mining, forestry, water stewardship, wildlife management/conservation and bioproducts that help conserve natural resources and protect the environment. It also includes the use of genomics to identify key elements that impact ecosystem structure, function and diversity.

Applicants need to demonstrate how their proposal holds high potential for attaining concrete deliverables by the end of the funding period and that these deliverables will be subsequently translated into significant social and/or economic benefits within as short a timeframe as possible following the conclusion of the project, taking into consideration what is reasonable for each sector.

Note that studies focusing on human health as impacted by the environment or projects focused on producing food or food supplements for human or animal consumption are not eligible for support in this competition.

There is approximately $26 million available for this competition from Genome Canada. This will provide funding for multiple projects ranging in budget from $2 million to $10 million, over a term of up to four years. Genome Canada will support up to one-third of the total cost of any one project, while the balance must be secured through co-funding.

Applicants are required to apply for funding through their regional Genome Centre. The application process is comprised of three steps: Registration, Pre-Application and Full Application. The deadline for submitting registrations to Genome Prairie is July 31, 2015.

Detailed guidelines and application forms are available here.

For any inquiries, please contact Chris Barker at or by phone at (306) 229-7724.

General Timeline:

July 31, 2015

Registrations due to Genome Prairie

August 10, 2015

Eligible registrations submitted to Genome Canada

September 10, 2015

Pre-applications due to Genome Prairie

November 10, 2015

Pre-applications submitted to Genome Canada

Late January, 2016

Applicants notified of results of pre-applications


Full applications due to Genome Prairie

April 14, 2016

Full applications submitted to Genome Canada

Late May, 2016

Review Committee meets, including Face-to-face meetings with applicants

Late June, 2016

Decisions by Genome Canada and Partners (if applicable)

Late June, 2016

Notification of Decision