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Disruptive Innovation in Genomics Competition (GC-DIG)

Genome Canada
Disruptive Innovation in Genomics Competition (GC-DIG)

Notify ROADS of Intent to Apply by July 8th

Draft Registration due to Ontario Genomics Institute (OGI) by August 5th



Genome Canada  has launched a Request for Applications (RFA) and is seeking proposals for research projects which focus on disruptive innovations in genomics.

For the purposes of this competition, a disruptive innovation must be either a new genomics technology or the application of an existing technology from another field, applied to the field of genomics. The innovation must be truly transformative in that it has the potential to either displace an existing technology, disrupt an existing market or create a new market. A disruptive innovation offers the capability to do things not previously possible and is not an incremental improvement of an existing technology.

This competition aims to support projects focused on early-stage feasibility studies (Phase 1 projects) and prototype development (Phase 2 projects). Phase 1 and Phase 2 will be run in parallel and a second round of Phase 2 funding, open only to eligible Phase 1 projects, will be available 18 months after successful Phase 1 projects are launched. This will allow Phase 1 projects approved for Phase 2 funding to continue to Phase 2 without a gap in funding, and for projects not approved for Phase 2 funding to wind down.

All applicants must demonstrate, with supporting evidence, the potential for the innovation to be disruptive, have impact within the technology space, and, eventually, benefits toCanada. In addition, Phase 2 projects must have clear deliverables that will be realized by the end of the project and a plan which explains the next steps of how the deliverables from the research will be transferred, disseminated, used, and/or applied to realize the benefits.


Application Process:

If you intend to apply, please notify Sherisse Webb, Assistant Director – Development, ROADS at or extension 26946 by July 8th.


Applicants are required to apply for funding through the Ontario Genomics Institute.  


Draft Registrations are due to the Ontario Genomics Institute by August 5th.  Final Registrations are due to OGI by September 2nd.  OGI will screen the Registrations for eligibility prior to submission to Genome Canada.  Final registrations due to Genome Canada September 4th.


Draft Applications are due to OGI by September 30th.  Final applications are due to OGI October 22nd.  Final Applications are due to Genome Canada October 29th


Researchers in Ontario intending to submit an application are strongly encouraged to contact OGI to discuss details of the competition such as the scope, the application process, and co-funding requirements.




There is up to $15 million available for this competition through GenomeCanada.


Phase 1 projects will receive up to $250,000 from GenomeCanada.  The project term is 2 years.  No co-funding is required.


Phase 2 projects will receive up to $1 million from GenomeCanada. The project term is 3 years.  At least 66% of the budget must be co-funded.



More Information:

Additional information about the 2015 GC-DIG competition can be found on the OGI website at: