Genomics Blog

January 26, 2012 8:45 AM
2012 Large-Scale Applied Research Project Competition in Personalized Health

Request for Applications (RFA) Genomics and Personalized Health A Genome Canada – CIHR PartnershipGenome Canada logo

Genome Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), is seeking proposals for large-scale research projects which focus on the application of genomics in the area of Personalized Health. Through this partnership Genome Canada will implement an important element of its Strategic Plan (2012-2017) and CIHR will launch its Personalized Medicine Signature Initiative. This strategic partnership will build on the complementary mandates of Genome Canada and CIHR and provide an opportunity to maximize the effectiveness of the research communities, infrastructure and resources supported by both organizations.

In the context of this competition Personalized Health can be seen as a more evidence based approach to decision making both with regards to health maintenance and disease interventions. There is a spectrum of activities that span what is referred to as the molecular medicine continuum from health maintenance and disease prevention, through early detection, to treatment of disease and disease prognosis. This approach relies upon an increasing knowledge of the underlying risk factors, causes, and mechanisms of disease pathogenesis as well as an understanding of the influence of environment, behaviour and lifestyle on the onset and outcomes of the disease state.

Under this Request for Applications (RFA), genomic and GE3LS activities can be targeted to any part of the continuum but must demonstrate their potential to contribute to a more evidence-based approach to health and their potential to improve not only the cost-effectiveness of the health-care system, but also to ensure that discoveries are translated into patient and population benefits. In order to maximize the effectiveness of this RFA in advancing genomics research and its application in Canada, sharing of resources and expertise through inter-regional or international collaboration is encouraged at all levels.

For the details, forms, and important dates you can visit our new Genomics and Personalized Health page or contact Heather Smith at 403-503-5220 ext. 24

January 31st updated information: The full media release is now available at

February 16th updated information:  The first important date to note is the February 27th deadline for registering with Genome Alberta 
Registration due to Genome Alberta