Genome Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), is seeking proposals for research projects to address any aspect of bioinformatics and computational biology (B/CB) as it relates to genomics. Proposals with applications across all of Genome Canada’s sectors are welcome. These include agriculture & agri-food, fisheries & aquaculture, forestry, energy, environment, human health and mining.
Genome Canada has identified B/CB as a priority area with the goal to create an environment that supports the creation and evolution of enhanced B/CB tools and methodologies. In August 2015, a B/CB Advisory Committee struck by Genome Canada and CIHR released a consultative version of a Strategic Framework for the future of B/CB in Canada. This competition builds on Genome Canada’s 2012 B/CB competition, also in partnership with CIHR, and seeks to advance the objectives of the proposed B/CB national strategy.
The major objectives of this RFA are to:
1. support the development of next generation Bioinformatics and Computational Biology tools and methodologies that will be required by the research community to deal with the influx of large amounts of data produced by modern genomics technologies; and,
2. provide broad access of these new Bioinformatics and Computational Biology tools to the research community.
CIHR is partnering on this Request for Applications (RFA) in support of proposals in the area of human health because it recognizes that application of current technologies in genomics would create health-related data sets of unprecedented size and complexity, such that advanced computational tools are required for their analysis.
There is $5 million of federal funding available for this competition, including $2 million through Genome Canada and $2 million through CIHR’s Roadmap Accelerator Fund and $1 million through CIHR's Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA).