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Genomic Applications Partnership Program Round 9

The Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP) represents a key element in Genome Canada’s strategic plan towards funding downstream research and development projects that are driven by challenges and opportunities facing users of genomics based technologies. For the purpose of this program, “Users” include the various stakeholders that have an interest in “pulling” technologies and other results of genomics research from academia to market and application, including industry, government, not-for-profits, and other organizations.
For examples of previously funded GAPP projects, see Genome Canada's database of Genomics Applications Partnership Program projects.


GAPP aims to:
  • promote the application of genomics-derived solutions to address key sector challenges or opportunities facing Users.
  • promote commercialization of genomics technologies by enabling the transfer of genomics-derived solutions from Academia to Users as well as de-risking and incentivizing follow-on investment from public and private partners
  • increase the socio-economic impact of genomics research by accelerating its translation to application or market
  • create and foster a more productive interface between Academia and Users


  • Genome Canada will provide support for projects, ranging in size from $300,000 to $6 million in total project budget, with the Genome Canada investment not to exceed more than 1/3 of the total investment in the project by all parties. The remaining 2/3 must be secured through co-funding with at least 1/3 provided by the User(s) (see Section 9 and Appendix 2 of the GAPP Investment Strategy and Guidelines for more details on co-funding).
  • Generally, the project term should be a minimum of six months to a maximum of three years. A shorter or longer term will be considered, but only if a strong rationale is provided.
  • For further information on GAPP, please refer to the GAPP overview slide-deck and GAPP Investment Strategy and Guidelines.

Application Process:

There is a three-stage gated application process for this program:
  1. Expression of Interest (EOI)
  2. Project Pitch
  3. Supplementary Proposal


Internal deadline for Expression of Interest - June 23, 2017
Expression of Interest - July 7, 2017
Last EOI eligibility decisions - July 18
Pitches - August 9-29
Supplementary Proposal Deadline - October 2
Funding Decision - December 2017


Like all Genome Canada competitions, Genome Alberta will be the conduit for submitting documents to the competition. In addition, Genome Alberta will help applicants navigate the various stages of proposal development and increase the competitiveness of their projects. We strongly encourage potential applicants to get in touch with Genome Alberta early on for guidance and advice on navigating GAPP proposals.

For all questions on the GAPP program, including copies of current competition forms, please contact Niall Kerrigan, Program Coordinator.

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