Round 5 – Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP)


Genome Canada


Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP)

For More Information

Please review the competition announcement, and associated guidelines, on OGI’s website.


Genome Canada launched a new funding program on June 3rd, 2013, seeking proposals which focus on the partnerships of Users and Academia to promote the application of genomics-derived solutions to address key sector challenges or opportunities facing Users - User pull.

With this program, Genome Canada aims to fund projects that have defined User partners and will have socioeconomic benefit to Canada. In particular, projects must have a clear partnership between the User partner and the academic researcher(s).

There will be a rolling application process that will consist of an Expression of Interest (EOI) and, if invited, a full application.

The Ontario Genomics Institute would like to announce the dates for Round 5 of Genome Canada’s GAPP.


To be eligible for funding, each project must represent an active partnership between the Academic and the User. An Academic is defined as an independent investigator who is a faculty member employed by a Canadian post-secondary organization or their affiliated institutions including hospitals and research institutes. Users include companies, industry, consortia, government departments or agencies, or not-for-profits that have a credible plan for exploiting project results for the socio-economic benefit of Canada. The User must show that it has the expertise and resources to put the plan into effect or the means, as well as the intention, to acquire this capacity.

Funding Availability

There is up to $30 million available for this competition from Genome Canada.

Maximum Project Value

  • Genome Canada will invest a minimum of $100,000 and a maximum of $2 million in an individual project (i.e., with the maximum investment from Genome Canada, plus the required co-funding, a total investment of more than $6 million per project is possible).
  • Genome Canada requires that at least two thirds of the requested funding for eligible costs be obtained through co-funding from other sources, with at least one third from the User.

Indirect Costs

No indirect costs are required on the amount requested from OGI; however, indirect costs may apply on amounts requested from sponsors/partners.

Project Duration

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

Special Notes

  • May 26, 2015 – Mandatory face-to-face due diligence panel presentation by eligible applicants:
    • After receipt and acknowledgement of eligibility of the EOI by a portfolio manager at Genome Canada, eligible applicants will be invited to pitch their project to a Genome Canada due diligence panel consisting of the portfolio manager and external experts (note: both the User and Academic PI will need to pitch their project either in person or on the phone). The purpose of the pitch is to ensure that only those proposals most likely to succeed are invited to the full proposal stage.


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

Internal Deadline

To Office of Research Services: Applicants must submit their EOI together with an OR-5 form to

External Deadline

Applicants must submit their EOIs directly to OGI.

How to Apply

For Questions, please contact

Rhonda Tannenbaum, VP Business Development
Ontario Genomics Institute
Phone: 416-673-6586

Before March 2, 2015:
Margaret Kirnbauer, Research Contracts Manager
University of Guelph, Office of Research
Phone: 519-824-4120 ext. 54059

After March 2, 2015:
Katie Meyer-Beck, Research Contracts Manager
University of Guelph, Office of Research
Phone: 519-824-4120 ext. 54059

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