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2016 Genomics Technology Platforms Competition: Operations Support and Technology Development Funds

  • July 25, 2016
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Genome Canada
 
Notify HRS of Intent to Apply by August 5th, 2016.
Draft Registration due to Ontario Genomics Institute by August 17th,  2016.

  Genome Canada’s mission includes a commitment to provide researchers across Canada access to leading edge genomic technologies, whether their projects are funded by Genome Canada or other organizations. Genome Canada fulfills this part of its mandate by supporting a number of genomics technology platforms across Canada.

 Each technology platform provides researchers access to high throughput genomic technologies such as DNA sequencing, RNA expression, protein identification and quantitation, and metabolomics, as well as new method and protocol development, data analysis and bioinformatics. Each platform also assists researchers in the development of research proposals by providing advice on appropriate technologies, study design, data analysis and bioinformatics that enables and improves the quality of the research. The platforms also develop new and improved genomic technologies ensuring that the services they provide are able to support cutting edge genomics research.

This funding opportunity has the following two components;

  1. Operations: Each platform must provide access to leading edge genomic technologies to researchers across Canada. This funding opportunity will allow technology platforms to request funds to support activities related to operations of the platform. Such activities may include, but are not limited to, staff salaries, consumables or equipment deemed necessary for efficient operations of the platform.
  2. Technology Development: This funding opportunity will also enable the platforms to develop new and improved technologies to ensure that the platforms remain at the forefront in providing access to leading edge genomics technologies to the research community. In this context, the term Technology denotes tools and methodologies that enable research, whereas Technology Development is defined as the development of new technologies or the improvement of currently existing technologies including the adaptation of current technologies used in other disciplines and applying them to improving services provided by genomics technology platforms.

This funding opportunity has two main objectives:

  1. To select the technology platforms best able to provide Canadian researchers access to leading edge genomic technologies and methods.  
  2. To enable the selected platforms to develop new technologies and/or improve existing technologies that will improve services provided by the platform and will ensure that they remain at the forefront in providing access to leading edge genomics technologies and methods.

Eligibility: To be eligible, each potential technology platform must fulfill all of the following criteria:

 

  1. The platform must provide access to leading edge genomic technologies on a fee-for-service basis and show demand for services based on past, current and potential future projects.
  2. The platform must be accessible to Canadian researchers from universities, federal and provincial governments, hospitals, not-for-profit and other public and private sector organizations across Canada, including researchers not associated with the platform’s host institution.
  3. The lead applicant(s) must be affiliated with an eligible research institution.
  4. The platform must demonstrate that an amount at least equal to the amount requested from Genome Canada will be secured through co-funding from other sources. Such co-funding must be scheduled to be expended at the platform during the period for which Genome Canada funds are provided, i.e., April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2022. In cases where such co-funding is associated with technology development, the co-funding must be allocated specifically for the proposed technology development project.
  5. Any one facility (as determined by history of users, sharing of instruments, physical location, management of operations and finances, governance structure, or other factors) may submit one application. In cases where multiple omic services are provided within a single facility, applicants will be allowed to submit only one application that may include requests for funding for the provision of multiple omic services and/or technology development projects.
  6. Any proposed technology development activities must be primarily conducted within the platform where the services offered will benefit from the results.

Value: This is an open competition for a five-year funding period with a maximum total envelope of $15 million per year available from Genome Canada.

The maximum available funds from Genome Canada for each successful platform will be $2 million per year over five years.

1:1 co-funding will be required. In cases where co-funding is associated with technology development, the co-funding must be allocated specifically for the proposed technology development project.

Registration

A Registration form will be used to provide brief information about the proposal which will be used to evaluate eligibility of all potential applications by the Genome Centres and Genome Canada. Only those Registrations that satisfy the eligibility criteria will be invited to submit a full application.

Full Application

All submissions will be assessed by an international panel of experts through a rigorous review process. A two stage process will be used for the review of all proposals. The first stage will involve an initial review done by a College of Reviewers with relevant expertise. This stage is intended to streamline the number of applications such that only a reasonable number of the most competitive applications are reviewed further by an International Review Committee (IRC). The second stage will involve review of the most competitive applications by the IRC. This Committee will discuss the applications at an in-person meeting including an interview of the applicants via videoconference. 

If you plan to submit a Registration, please contact Tracy Arabski, Assistant Director, Infrastructure, Development and Support (HRS), at arabski@mcmaster.ca or extension 22515, by August 5th, 2016

Competition Timelines:

 

Aug. 17, 2016

Draft Registrations due to Ontario Genomics

Sept. 6, 2016

Final Registrations due to Ontario Genomics

Sept. 8, 2016

Eligible Registrations due to Genome Canada

Oct. 3, 2016

Draft Full Applications due to Ontario Genomics

Nov. 1, 2016

Final Full Applications due to Ontario Genomics

Nov. 10, 2016

Full Applications due to Genome Canada

Mid-Feb., 2017

Review committee meetings, including videoconference interviews with shortlisted applicants

Late Mar., 2017

Notification of Decision

 

More information:

Additional information regarding the Genomics Technology Platforms Competition: Operations Support and Technology Development Funds can be found on the Ontario Genomics Institute website at:
http://www.ontariogenomics.ca/funding-opportunities/open-competitions/2016-genomics-technology-platforms-competition/