Ontario Genomics

Ontario Genomics is a not-for-profit organization funded by the Ontario government and Genome CanadaIt is part of a pan-Canadian network of Genome Centres and is the only entity focused solely on stimulating, enabling, and nurturing genomics innovation in the province of Ontario. 

Ontario Genomics funding programs:


Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP)

If you will require co-funding from OVPR, please get in touch at the EOI stage (see below). Email grants.ovprutm@utoronto.ca.


  • Funds projects that address real-world opportunities and challenges defined by “Receptor” organizations such as industry, government, or not-for-profit entities.
    • Accepts small-scale proof-of-concept / pilot projects through to large-scale projects. Projects should not be in discovery phase.
  • Receptor organizations should have the expertise, resources and commitment to commercialize or implement the project’s outcomes.
  • Projects must be active collaborations between the Receptor organization (Canadian or international) and a Canadian academic researcher.
  • Projects are co-funded by Receptors and other stakeholders 
    • Up to 1/3 investment from Genome Canada
    • Receptor co-funding (cash and/or in-kind) that is equal to or greater than Genome Canada’s contribution
    • Any remaining co-funding from other eligible sources
  • Projects must have the potential to generate significant social and/or economic benefits for Canada.

Value: $300,000 - $6 million.

Duration: 2-3 years. Shorter or longer terms will be considered only if strong rationale is provided.


Stage Round 24* Round 25* Round 26*
Draft EOI due to Ontario Genomics Aug 3, 2022 Nov 1, 2022 Apr 4, 2023
Face-to-face (or Zoom) meeting with Ontario Genomics’ review panel Sep 6-9, 2022 Dec 6-9, 2022 May 9-15, 2023
Final EOI due to Ontario Genomics Oct 4, 2022, noon Jan 9, 2023 Jun 9, 2023
Rehearsal Pitch to Ontario Genomics Oct 11-20, 2022 Jan 16-25, 2023 Jun 19-30, 2023
Pitch to Genome Canada Oct 21-Nov 4, 2022 Jan 23-Feb 6, 2023 Jun-Sept, 2023
Draft Supplementary Proposal due to Ontario Genomics Dec 6, 2022 Feb 27, 2023 Sep 5, 2023
Final Supplementary Proposal due to Ontario Genomics Jan 11, 2023 Apr 4, 2023 Oct 5, 2023
Notice of Award Mar 2023 Jun 2023 Dec 2023

* all dates subject to change and are dependent on available program funding.


There is a three-stage application process to this program:

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

If you are considering applying, please contact Yoo Jin Park (yjpark@OntarioGenomics.ca), Manager, Sector Innovation & Programs, to discuss the fit of potential projects with the program and key criteria for GAPP. Project teams that are a potential fit will be provided the Expression of Interest (EOI) form. Please ensure that Rob Reedijk (rob.reedijk@utoronto.ca) at the Research Services Office is copied on all email submissions to Ontario Genomics.