Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP)

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The Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP) funds downstream research and development (R&D) projects that address real world opportunities and challenges identified by industry, government, not-for-profits and other “Receptors” of genomics knowledge and technologies.

GAPP projects are collaborations between academic researchers and Receptor organizations. They are co-funded by Receptors and other stakeholders, and have the potential to generate significant social and/or economic benefits for Canada.

Key Parameters of the Program:

  • Total project size: $300,000 to $6 million. The structure of the funding plan is as follows: 1/3 investment from Genome Canada, 1/3 provided by the Receptor partner (cash or in-kind) and 1/3 of other co-funding. For more information see the GAPP Investment Strategy and Guidelines.
  • Project term: 1 to 3 years. A shorter or longer term will be considered, but only if a strong rationale is provided.
  • Project stage: small-scale proof-of-concept or pilot projects through to large-scale projects. Projects should not be in the discovery phase.
  • Project eligibility: To be eligible for the GAPP, a project must:
    • Develop and apply a genomics-derived tool, product or process to an opportunity or challenge defined by the Receptor(s);
    • Focus on late stage R&D that will position the innovation for near-term implementation / commercialization;
    • Be co-led by an academic and a Receptor organization in partnership, with active and necessary roles for both; and
    • Demonstrate the potential to generate significant social and/or economic benefits for Canada.

Please note that the competition has a rolling deadline structure. The deadline for submissions of Expressions of Intent (EOI) has passed for Rounds 1-11. Funded GAPP projects from past rounds can be found here.

Application Process – there is a three-stage application process to this program:

  1. Expression of Interest (EOI)
  2. Project Pitch
  3. Supplementary Proposal

At each of the stages above, Ontario Genomics has developed a due diligence review process that is mandatory for all Ontario projects.

Competition Timelines for Rounds 10, 11 and 12

Application Stage Round 10 deadlines Round 11 deadlines Round 12 deadlines
Registration Closed Open Open
Draft EOI due to Ontario Genomics Closed February 26, 2018 May 7, 2018
Face-to-face pitch to Ontario Genomics’ review panel Closed Mar 26, 2018 June 4-6, 2018
Final EOI due to Ontario Genomics* Closed April 16, 2018 July 3, 2018
Pitch to Genome Canada* Closed Est: May 4-25, 2018 Est. Aug 10, 2018
Draft Supplementary Proposal due to Ontario Genomics Closed June 11, 2018 August 27, 2018
Final Supplementary Proposal due to Ontario Genomics* April 19, 2018 July 16, 2018 October 1, 2018

*Applicants that miss this deadline may be moved to a later round of the GAPP

FOR GAPP EOI TEMPLATE AND TO REGISTER: Contact Shobha Ramsubir, Senior Manager, Business Development & Research at

Additional information can be found on the Ontario Genomics Institute’s (OGI) website. For questions on the GAPP program, please contact  Shobha Ramsubir, Senior Manager, Business Development & Research at Please copy Jennifer Niu ( on all submissions to Ontario Genomics.

Contact Information

Jennifer Niu
Research Funding Officer | 416-946-3603

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