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2015 LSARP Competition in Natural Resources and the Environment is Ready

Genome Canada has launched a new Large-Scale Applied Research Project (LSARP) funding opportunity: "Natural Resources and the Environment: Sector Challenges – Genomic Solutions".

The funding is aimed at supporting projects focused on using genomic approaches to address challenges and opportunities of importance to Canada’s natural resources and environment sectors. Projects may include interactions between natural resources and the environment, that contribute to the Canadian bioeconomy and the well-being of Canadians. The scope of this initiative includes areas such as genomics research related to energy, mining, forestry, water stewardship, wildlife management/conservation and bioproducts that help conserve natural resources and protect the environment. It also includes the use of genomics to identify key elements that impact ecosystem structure, function and diversity.

Applicants need to demonstrate how their proposal holds high potential for attaining concrete deliverables by the end of the funding period and that these deliverables will be subsequently translated into significant social and/or economic benefits within as short a time frame as possible following the conclusion of the project, taking into consideration what is reasonable for each sector.

Note that studies focusing on human health as impacted by the environment or projects focused on producing food or food supplements for human or animal consumption are not eligible for support in this competition.

There is approximately $26 million available for this competition from Genome Canada. This will provide funding for multiple projects ranging in budget from $2 million to $10 million, over a term of up to four years. Genome Canada will support up to one-third of the total cost of any one project, while the balance must be secured through co-funding.

Applicants must apply for funding through their regional Genome Centres. The application process is made up of three steps: Registration, Pre-Application and Full Application. The deadline for submitting registrations to a regional Genome Centre is July 31, 2015.

For more information you may contact Project Coordinator Niall Kerrigan.

2015 LSARP Competition in Natural Resources and the Environment is Ready

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