2017 Large-Scale Applied Research Project (LSARP) Competition: Genomics and Precision Health


Genome Canada


Large-Scale Applied Research Project (LSARP) Competition: Genomics and Precision Health


Genome Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), has announced a Request for Applications (RFA) for the 2017 Large Scale Applied Research Project Competition “Genomics and Precision Health”.

In the context of this competition precision health is an evidence-based approach to decision making with regards to health care. The spectrum of precision health includes health maintenance and disease prevention, through early detection, to disease prognosis and treatment of disease. Through this RFA, activities can be targeted to any part of the precision health spectrum but must demonstrate the potential to contribute to a more evidence-based approach to health and thereby improve health outcomes, and/or have the potential to enhance the cost-effectiveness of the health-care system. Proposed projects should attain concrete deliverables by the end of the funding period that have the potential to be subsequently translated into valuable treatments, tools or improved health-care policies and practices.


Genome Canada funds can be awarded to researchers and scholars affiliated with the following institutions and organizations:

  • Canadian post-secondary organizations and their affiliated institutions including hospitals and research institutes
  • Canadian non-federal government departments or agencies and not-for-profit organizations with an explicit research or knowledge-translation mandate

Research teams may include as co-applicants international, private sector, or federal laboratory scientists. However, Genome Canada funding is restricted to activities performed within Genome Canada eligible institutions.

Funding Availability

There is up to $44 million available for this competition through Genome Canada and up to $26.5 million from CIHR.

Maximum Project Value

Genome Canada and CIHR will provide support for projects ranging in total size from $2 million to $10 million. The Genome Canada/CIHR investment cannot exceed more than 50% of the total investment in the project by all parties; the remaining 50% must be secured through co-funding. (Note that projects with a total size that exceeds $10 million will be considered as long as the Genome Canada contribution does not exceed $5 million)

Indirect Costs

0% on funds requested from Genome Canada and CIHR; indirect costs may apply to co-funding partners. 

Project Duration

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

Special Notes

  1. Ontario Genomics is hosting an informational webinar to address questions on the Request for Applications (RFA) on February 7, 2017!
  2. Please consult with Ontario Genomics directly around managing the deadlines for each stage of this competition. A detailed outline of the multi-phase competition schedule with other applicable deadlines is provided on the LSARP page


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

External Deadline

Final Registration: Ontario Genomics does not require institutional signatures on the Registration Form; however, please copy research.services@uoguelph.ca on the submission of your Final Registration to Ontario Genomics.

Internal Deadline

Final Full Application: Submit an OR-5 Form together with the complete, Full Application package (e.g. application form, letters of support, co-funding profile, budget, existing research account numbers corresponding to leveraged funds) to research.services@uoguelph.ca. In the event Ontario Genomics changes their external deadline, please allow two weeks for the Office of Research to review the Full Application and obtain approvals/signatures. 

External Deadline

Final Full Application: Upon receipt of institutional signatures, applicant to submit Full Application to Ontario Genomics and copy research.services@uoguelph.ca on the submission.

How to Apply

Application material and relevant links can be found on the LSARP page, including:

  • The Request for Applications
  • Guidelines for Funding Research Projects 
  • Registration Form
  • Suggested Reviewers Form
  • Pre-Application Form
  • Pre-Application Summary Budget and Co-funding Appendix
  • Full Application Forms *coming soon*

You are strongly encouraged to contact Ontario Genomics, the Office of Research (Research Support Services), and the Catalyst Centre to receive guidance as you begin preparing your application (e.g. eligibility, letters of support, co-funding requirements, IP discussions, etc.)

Information For Co-applicants

If you need to meet a deadline set by the lead institution for this opportunity, please ensure that you provide the Office of Research with at least 5 days in advance of the lead institution’s deadline to review the application, or your proposed component of the project. Please be in touch with the Office of Research (contact information below) ahead of the deadline if it looks like it will be difficult for you to submit all the required documentation on time (i.e. budget, proposal, OR-5 Form).

For Questions, please contact

Caitlin Taylor, Manager of Research and Business Development at ctaylor@ontariogenomics.ca 

Office of Research

Katie Meyer Beck, Director, Research Support Services
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x54059

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