Genome Canada, together with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), is seeking proposals for large-scale applied research projects which focus on the application of genomic approaches to address challenges and opportunities in Canada’s natural resources and environment sectors, including interactions between natural resources and the environment, thereby contributing to the Canadian bioeconomy, a healthy environment and the well-being of Canadians.
The scope of this funding opportunity will include areas such as genomics research related to energy, mining, forestry, water stewardship, healthy oceans, wildlife management/conservation and bioproducts that help conserve natural resources, protect the environment and support sustainable resource management. It also includes the use of genomics to understand the adaptive genetic potential of species, populations and ecosystems to climate and other environmental changes and stressors, and identify those key elements that impact ecosystem structure, function and diversity.
Applicants must demonstrate how their proposal holds a high potential for attaining concrete deliverables by the end of the funding period. Proposals that make a strong case that those deliverables will be subsequently translated into significant social and/or economic benefits within as short a time frame as possible after the end of the project are particularly encouraged, taking into consideration what is reasonable for the different research areas in these sectors.
To ensure that the objectives of the RFA are met, all applications must address the evaluation criteria established for the competition, i.e., quality of the research proposal, social and economic benefits for Canada, and management and financial competency (see Appendix 1). Only those proposals demonstrating the highest degree of overall excellence will be funded.
For more information, contact Alison Dendoff, New Programs Manager, Genome BC.