The 2012 Genome Canada Large-Scale Applied Research Project Competition – Genomics and Personalized Health (GAPH) funded 17 projects. Each project integrates technology assessment and social science and humanities research under the banner of the signature Genome Canada GE3LS initiative (i.e. Genomics and its Ethical, Environmental, Economic, Legal and Social aspects).
In 2016, Genome Canada announced funding for a network to bring together GE3LS researchers from all 17 projects. The Network will enable the projects to share best practices; improve and prime future collaborative research; accelerate the progress to market of GAPH technologies; and maximize the impact of investment in the GAPH projects.
The Network will address four priority GE3LS themes: research ethics review; health economics and health technology assessment; knowledge transfer and implementation in health systems for ‘omics technologies; and intellectual property and commercialization.
This $2 million initiative is designed to accelerate the translation of research results into practical applications in healthcare for the benefit of Canadians. The Government of Canada, through Genome Canada, is investing $1 million in the Network, with the balance of funding to be secured from co-funders.
Objectives for each Network theme were outlined by GE3LS and science representatives from each of the 17 projects at a workshop in April 2015. A Network Management Team (Network co-leads and theme leads) will monitor progress on each objective.
By identifying and directing research to overarching issues that emerge from the GE3LS components of the 17 projects, the Network will accelerate their common goal of transforming research results into practical applications adopted by health systems for the benefit of patients.