Genome Prairie

Genomics in Society Interdisciplinary Research Teams

Registration Form

Registration Form - Appendix I


1. Overview

The uptake of genomic-based innovations can be affected by various social, economic and environmental factors, including legal and regulatory requirements, especially when they represent significant changes to current practices. Already, research into the implications of genomics in society (GE3LS research[1]) conducted through Large-Scale Applied Research Projects (LSARPs) helps better understand these factors primarily in the context of individual projects, but also in relation to sectors. However, to ensure the effective and responsible translation of innovative genomic[2] applications, Genome Canada has developed a Genomics in Society Interdisciplinary Research Teams Program to facilitate collaborations and dialogue between researchers and other key stakeholders whose sectors stand to be transformed by genomics advances.

Specifically, this program aims to strengthen the connections between researchers, users and other stakeholders on issues that could impact the uptake and application of genomic technologies, including commercialization. The goal of the team program is to support and enhance GE3LS research that addresses important and overarching challenges that affect the adoption and uptake of the outcomes from genomics research and/or accelerate the synthesis and dissemination of research pertinent to users, including policy-makers within a sector.

This Request for Applications (RFA) supports proposals under the following three streams with the goal of funding at least one team in each stream:

Cross-sectorial proposals that address multiple sectors across two or three streams are also eligible to apply.

2. Objectives

The Genomics in Society Interdisciplinary Research Teams program aims to bring researchers from different disciplines together to investigate factors affecting the advancement, adoption, evaluation and governance of genomics research and address issues at the intersection of genomics and society that will ultimately contribute to Canada’s leadership and social and/or economic benefits in various sectors.

To achieve this objective, team activities could include, but are not limited to, the following:

The team would be expected to demonstrate active collaboration with the relevant genomics scientific and user communities in the planning of the research as well as its conduct, and project findings are expected to have the potential to enhance practices or policies within these communities. This may also entail interaction with integrated GE3LS projects funded through Genome Canada’s LSARP competitions

3. Funding Available and Term

4. Eligibility

To be eligible for this competition proposals must address the following:

Eligible research areas include, but are not limited to, topics such as:

5. User Engagement

All projects must clearly demonstrate engagement with users in the development and execution of the research plan in order to help ensure receptor uptake and practical applicability of the research.

“Users” in the context of this RFA can be defined as those who are able to use the information generated through research to make informed decisions on relevant issues, policies, programs and product development. Examples of user organizations could include industry and industry associations, producer organizations, government departments and regulatory agencies. Individuals from these types of organizations should be included on the team.

Users must be clearly integrated into the team in the form of a team member, collaborator and/or member of the management team. Users are encouraged to actively collaborate in the priority setting and conduct of research as well as in summarizing, distributing, sharing, and applying its resulting knowledge. Co-funding would clearly demonstrate user interest in the team’s potential deliverables, although it is not a requirement for a user organization to contribute to the co-funding required.

6. Benefits for Canada

All applications must describe, with supporting evidence, the concrete deliverable(s) that will be realized by the end of the funding term that have the potential for subsequent translation into significant social and/or economic benefits for Canada. Deliverables should have practical applicability in as short a time as possible after the end of the funding period and lead to benefits for Canada, taking into consideration what is reasonable for the proposed deliverables

Applications must include a strong plan for knowledge translation and development of benefits (i.e., how the deliverables from the research will be transferred, disseminated, used, and/or applied to realize the social and/or economic benefits).

7. Guidelines for Funding

Genome Canada’s Guidelines for Funding must be adhered to throughout the competition and post-award management processes.

7.1.  Additional Guidelines

Additional Guidelines specific to this RFA include:

Ineligible costs:

Note that while genomic scientist(s) must be included as part of the team, salaries, benefits and associated costs for the performance of wet lab work (defined as activities such as DNA sequencing or protein analysis that generate ‘omics data) are not eligible.


Genome Canada, through the Administrative Genome Centre, will require a report on progress at least annually.

8. Application and Review Process

Applicants are required to apply for funding through their regional Genome Centre. The application process is comprised of two steps: Registration and Full Application.

A brief Registration form will be used to provide early guidance on elements such as who is applying, what they are planning to do, research and expected deliverables, approximate budgets and suggested reviewers. This will allow for screening for eligibility by the Genome Centres and Genome Canada and facilitate the early selection of reviewers for the peer review process. Information from eligible Registrations (i.e., name of project leader(s), lead institution, title of project, research areas and keywords) will be posted on the Genome Canada website to facilitate the identification of areas of potential synergy between applications from across the country so that applicants can consider engaging with other researchers on a common project.

The Full Application will be reviewed for eligibility and overall fit to the program using the evaluation criteria as outlined in Appendix 1. 

9. Timeline

The request for support must be submitted to Genome Canada through a Genome Centre. Please contact your regional Genome Centre for further information on their process and deadline dates.



May 30, 2019

Deadline for Registrations

September 11, 2019

Deadline for Full Applications

Mid-November 2019

Review Committee Meets

December 2019

Funding Decisions and Notification

10. Contacts

Kristin Tweel

Genome Atlantic

902 421-5646

Diana Iglesias

Génome Québec

514 398-0668 ext. 222

Dennis McCormac

Ontario Genomics

416 673-6590

Simon Potter

Genome Prairie

204 230-7974

Niall Kerrigan

Genome Alberta

403 210 5252

Catalina Lopez-Correa

Genome British


604 675-1035

Appendix 1 – Evaluation of Applications

1. Review Criteria

The review criteria fall into three categories:

  1. Research Proposal
  2. Social and/or Economic Benefits for Canada
  3. Management and Finance

2. Research Proposal

3.  Benefits for Canada

4.  Management and Finance


[1]  The acronym GE3LS stands for “Genomics and its Ethical, Environmental, Economic, Legal and Social aspects”.  However, it should be understood broadly as research into the implications of genomics in society from the perspective of the social sciences and humanities. Therefore, it is not strictly limited to disciplines that make-up the acronym but rather encompasses all those that rely on quantitative and qualitative methodologies to investigate the implications of genomics in society, and inform applications, practices and policies.

[2] The term genomics is defined here as the comprehensive study, using high throughput technologies, of the genetic information of a cell or organism and its functions. The definition also includes related disciplines such as epigenomics, metabolomics, metagenomics, proteomics, transcriptomics, bioinformatics and synthetic biology as long as the link to genetic information is clear.