In 2012, Genome Canada with support from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, launched the 2012 Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Competition. This competition was designed to support the development of next generation bioinformatics and computational biology tools and methodologies required by the research community to deal with the influx of large amounts of data produced by modern genomics technologies and provide broad access of these new tools to the research community.
Results were announced on April 25, 2013. Seventeen (17) research teams were supported for a total budget of $11,001,484 over up to three years with a maximum of $5 million from Genome Canada and $1.4 million from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The balance of funding was secured by regional Genome Centres from provincial governments, the private sector and other partners. Researchers from the 17 teams were based in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia.