37 projects will receive funding through three funding competitions conducted by Genome Canada.
Organization: Genome Canada
Speaking on a panel at the 2018 Canadian Science Policy Conference in Ottawa, Naylor affirmed that the federal government, provinces and territories need to do a better job at coordinating research funding and priorities if Canada wants to make the most of its investments.
The federal government is providing $6.7 million to fund seven new projects under Genome Canada’s Genomics Applications Partnership Program (GAPP) that connects genomics-focused researchers and companies. Provincial governments, business, and other funding partners will be contributing an additional $14.3 million. The Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, one of the recipients of GAPP funding, will study…
The whole ecosystem is patting themselves on the back, confident that their concerted efforts to lobby behind the Naylor report recommendations — foremost of which was an increase in budget – did not fall on deaf ears. RE$EARCH MONEY offers excerpts of what the ecosystem has to say about the federal budget.
It’s been a promising start to the New Year with several substantive announcements that are hopefully an indication of more to come with forthcoming federal and provincial budgets.
Up to $165 million is going to 15 large-scale projects in applied research in precision health. Another $93 million is going to support 10 technology platforms to support focus areas in genomics research.
Canada’s forest ministers have produced A Forest Bioeconomy Framework for Canada to leverage the country’s vast biomass reserves and extend their production and deployment far beyond current usage. The report was released in September and unanimously endorsed by the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers (CCFM), which co-authored the document along with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan).
Sustainable living. Clean transportation. Infrastructure. These strategic areas form the basis for a proposed BioDesign Supercluster being pitched by the forestry, green chemistry and genomics sectors as they attempt to take the bioeconomy beyond immediate innovation and environmental challenges.
Canadian funding for the Toronto-based Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC) has been renewed, injecting $33 million into the ground breaking open innovation organization that determines the three-dimensional structure of proteins related to human diseases. The fourth phase of the public-private SGC will see an expansion its collaborative network to include disease and patient foundations while partnering with clinicians and research hospitals to validate new targets for drug discovery by testing its chemical probes on patients.
Genome Canada may expand its successful Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP) and award funds directly to companies with the in-house capacity to develop potentially disruptive technologies. The current GAPP program — which announced the results of its latest competition May 26 — only funds university researchers with industry partners, usually small firms that lack the in-house expertise to undertake research projects.