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Request for Applications – 2020 Large-Scale Applied Research Project Competition

February 3, 2020

Revised timelines (as of May 2020):

June 22, 2020  Draft Pre-Application to Genome Prairie

July 30, 2020  Final Pre-Application due to Genome Prairie

October 2020  Applicants notified of results of Pre-Application after peer review organized by Genome Canada
November 27, 2020  Deadline for submitting full application to Genome Prairie
Late February 2021  Genome Canada’s Review Committee meets (including meetings with applicants)
Mid-March 2021  Decisions by Genome Canada and Partners (if applicable)
Late March 2021  Notification of Decision

Genome Canada, together with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), is seeking proposals for large-scale applied research projects which focus on the application of genomic approaches to address challenges and opportunities in Canada’s natural resources and environment sectors, including interactions between natural resources and the environment, thereby contributing to the Canadian bioeconomy, a healthy environment and the well-being of Canadians.

The scope of this funding opportunity will include areas such as genomics research related to energy, mining, forestry, water stewardship, healthy oceans, wildlife management/conservation and bioproducts that help conserve natural resources, protect the environment and support sustainable resource management. It also includes the use of genomics to understand the adaptive genetic potential of species, populations and ecosystems to climate and other environmental changes and stressors, and identify those key elements that impact ecosystem structure, function and diversity.

Applicants must demonstrate how their proposal holds a high potential for attaining concrete deliverables by the end of the funding period. Proposals that make a strong case that those deliverables will be subsequently translated into significant social and/or economic benefits within as short a time frame as possible after the end of the project are particularly encouraged, taking into consideration what is reasonable for the different research areas in these sectors.

To ensure that the objectives of the RFA are met, all applications must address the evaluation criteria established for the competition, i.e. quality of the research proposal, social and economic benefits for Canada, and management and financial competency. Only those proposals demonstrating the highest degree of overall excellence will be funded.



• There is approximately $25 million available for this competition from Genome Canada and approximately $1.5 million from NRCan.

• Genome Canada will contribute between $1-3 million to each approved project.

• Successful projects will be awarded funding for a term of up to four years.

• NRCan will only invest in projects it determines to be relevant (see Appendix 2 of RFA). Although collaborations with NRCan researchers are encouraged, where feasible, projects are not required to include a component that would be funded by NRCan.

• A project’s eligible costs must be co-funded from eligible sources such that the co-funding is at least equal to the Genome Canada contribution. The co-funding must be from eligible sources other than the NRCan funds designated as part of the funding opportunity. It is the responsibility of the lead Genome Centre(s), working with the applicants, to obtain the necessary co-funding.


Registration Form

Appendix I

For more information, contact Simon Potter, CSO.

Cell: 204.230.7974


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