Genome Canada has launched a new competition: Genomics in Society Interdisciplinary Research Teams. This competition aims to bring researchers from different disciplines together to investigate factors and address issues at the intersection of genomics and society that will ultimately contribute to social and/or economic benefits in various sectors. The teams must include at least three researchers from different disciplines at the Leader or Co-Investigator level.
The goal of the program is to support and enhance GE3LS* research that addresses important and overarching challenges that affect the adoption and uptake of the outcomes from genomics research and/or accelerate the synthesis and dissemination of research pertinent to users, including policy-makers, within a sector.
*The acronym GE3LS stands for “Genomics and its Ethical, Environmental, Economic, Legal and Social aspects”. However, it should be understood broadly as research into the implications of genomics in society from the perspective of the social sciences and humanities. Therefore, it is not strictly limited to disciplines that make-up the acronym but rather encompasses all those that rely on quantitative and qualitative methodologies to investigate the implications of genomics in society, and inform applications, practices and policies.
- There is approximately $3 million available from Genome Canada.
- The maximum contribution from Genome Canada to an approved team will be $1 million. There is no limit on the amount of co-funding and therefore no maximum team size.
- Teams requiring less than a total of $500,000 from Genome Canada will not be considered.
- Genome Canada support must be matched (“cofunding”).
- Successful teams will be awarded funding for a term of up to four years.
- Genome BC plans to provide cofunding support to teams led by a BC-based researcher. The level of Genome BC’s cofunding support can be discussed during project development.
Researchers interested in applying to this competition are required to apply for funding through their regional Genome Centre, such as Genome BC. The application process involves a short registration (deadline May 30, 2019) and submission of an application providing details on the research plan with an accompanying budget (deadline September 11, 2019).
Genome Canada is holding a webinar info session on Monday March 25th at 10am PDT to provide an overview of the program. Follow the link to register for this meeting: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/a9a09762c961d0a0d746f627e8486654.
Genome BC will also host an info session at Genome BC on Wednesday April 3rd from 12-1pm PDT to provide more information on this program and Genome BC support processes and timelines. You are welcome to participate through the webinar or in person (lunch will be provided). To register for this event, please follow this link.
If you have any questions about this competition, please feel free to contact Jayce Sudweeks, Genomics and Society Advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Alison Dendoff, Manager – New Programs, at email@example.com.
Alison Dendoff CPIM, B.Sc.
New Programs Manager Genome British Columbia
604-637-4381 I c. 604-762-7874 I f. 604-738-8597 I firstname.lastname@example.org