Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (B/CB) Funding Competition



This funding opportunity is aimed at supporting research projects that address any aspect of bioinformatics and computational biology (B/CB) as it relates to genomics across all of Genome Canada’s sectors (i.e. human health, agriculture, aquaculture/fisheries, forestry, energy, mining and the environment). For examples of previously funded projects, please click here.

The objectives of this competition are:

  1. To support the development of next generation B/CB tools and methodologies needed to manage, analyze and integrate complex data sets produced by modern genomic technologies to better understand the associated biology
  2. To provide broad and timely access of these B/CB tools to the research community


Key Parameters of the Program:

  • Total Funding Available: $12M
  • Total Project Size: $500K – $1M per project
  • Co-Funding: 50% from Genome Canada + 50% from other eligible sources (1:1)
  • Award Duration: Up to 3 years
  • Proposal Focus Areas:
    • Stream 1: proposals mainly impacting the human health sector
    • Stream 2: proposals mainly impacting one or more of the other sectors, i.e. agriculture, aquaculture/fisheries, forestry, energy, mining and/or environment


Application Process:

Date Stage
December 4, 2017 Launch of Request for Applications (RFA)
January 24, 2018 – 10:00 AM Draft registrations due to Ontario Genomics*
January 31, 2018 – 10:00 AM Final Registrations due to Ontario Genomics*
February 1, 2018 Final Registrations due to Genome Canada
February 7, 2018 – 10:00 AM Draft Applications due to Ontario Genomics*
March 28, 2018 – 10:00 AM Final Applications due to Ontario Genomics*
April 9, 2018 Final Applications due to Genome Canada
Mid-May, 2018 Genome Canada review process completed
Late June 2018 Funding Decision by Genome Canada and Partners

*All submissions to Ontario Genomics must be made electronically to: Kelly Hunter ( You will be required to submit a MRA for the Final Application deadline in March 2018.


Forms and Links:

Registration Form

Application Form (pending)

B/CB Funding Opportunity Website

B/CB Request for Applications

Genome Canada’s Guidelines for Funding


For more information, please contact Kelly Hunter, Manager, Research & Business Development at



Contact Information

Mark Bold
Research Funding Administrator | 416-978-2495

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