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New funding for bioinformatics in Alberta


Bioinformatic iStock imageGenome Alberta is pleased to announce the launch of a new funding competition to increase, share, and develop data-enabling technologies in Alberta.
The Enabling Bioinformatic Solutions (EBS) competition is intended to support the development of bioinformatic and computational approaches that enable users to overcome limitations in understanding, analyzing and drawing conclusions from collected genomic datasets.

The goal of the competition is to help strengthen Alberta’s bioinformatics capacity, develop tools and pipelines to address current and unmet needs, and maximize value from existing ‘omics data sets. The competition is intended to support 2 primary sectors of Alberta through end-user partnerships – Agriculture and Health.

The new funding is aligned with the capacity building efforts of BioNet Alberta – a network-based initiative funded under Genome Canada’s Regional Priorities Partnership Program for connecting resources and building bioinformatics and computational biology in Alberta. Genome Alberta has partnered with Genome Canada, Alberta Innovates, and the Government of Alberta’s Ministry of Economic Development, Trade, and Tourism so that Alberta scientists can advance research through robust data analytics and computational approaches.

The EBS competition will provide funding for bioinformatics-based research projects over a period of 18 months. Genome Alberta will support up to 75% and a maximum of $150,000 of eligible project costs. Research proposals are required to partner with data end-users in the agriculture or health sectors, and collaboration with the EBS program End-Users is strongly encouraged.

The deadline for Registrations is January 24, 2020. For details on program scope, eligibility, and registration forms please read and download:


For more information, please contact Ryan Mercer, Research Program Manager, Genome Alberta at RMercer@genomealberta.ca.