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Genome Canada launches funding competition in personalized medicine


Ottawa, ON – In partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Genome Canada says it is seeking proposals for large-scale research projects focussing on the application of genomics in the area of personalized health.

Up to $67.5 million is available for the competition, with the federal government providing $40 million through Genome Canada and up to $22.5 million through Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). An additional $5 million is available from the Cancer Stem Cell Consortium (CSCC). To qualify for funding, researchers must obtain matching funding that at is least equal to that provided through the competition. Matching funding is typically derived from provincial, academic, private sector or international sources.

To be eligible, proposals must include genomics approaches as essential components in terms of importance to the overall outcomes of the project; address personalized health in humans; and be of a scale and scope such that they are able to address challenges requiring a genomics approach, be internationally competitive and have the potential for major impact.

The application process has already begun, and decisions will be announced by the end of the year. More information is available on Genome Canada’s website.