As genomics has progressed, so too has Genome BC’s research focus, moving from one of predominantly discovery to one of application and translation.
A key pillar of Genome BC’s 2020-2023 Strategic Plan is to support innovation. For the purposes of this plan, Genome BC defines innovation as the practical translation of ideas and research outcomes into new or improved products, services, processes, systems, or social interactions.
A core element of Genome BC’s innovation strategy will be a funding program that fits into the landscape of programs offered by government(s) and others while matching the needs of the ‘omics ecosystem we support.
This pilot program aims to fund a diverse set of innovation projects with a credible probability of success. Based on the outcomes of this pilot program, Genome BC will finalize and launch a longer-term Innovation Funding Program in support of its Innovation Strategy.