Bioinformatics and computational biology (B/CB) is a rapidly evolving area of the life sciences that utilizes diverse approaches to interrogate and interpret large, complex data sets. These analytical approaches are critical to the field of genomics to derive understanding from otherwise unwieldly data. Following consultations with provincial stakeholders, B/CB was identified as an area of regional importance. In support of this priority, Genome Alberta is partnering with Genome Canada, Alberta Innovates, and the Government of Alberta’s Ministry of Economic Development, Trade, and Tourism (EDTT) to launch the Enabling Bioinformatic Solutions (EBS) program. This competitive funding program is intended to support the development of bioinformatic and computational approaches that enable users to overcome limitations in understanding, analyzing and drawing conclusions from collected genomic1 datasets.
The purpose of this competition is advance collaborations leading to Alberta-based B/CB solutions for economically relevant sectors in Alberta: Agriculture and Health. The goal of the competition is to help strengthen Alberta’s B/CB capacity, develop B/CB tools or pipelines to address current and unmet needs, maximize value from existing ‘omics data sets, demonstrate expertise in technology development, and better position Alberta researchers for future funding success. This program is aligned with capacity building efforts in the province under BioNet Alberta – a network-based initiative for connecting resources and building B/CB in Alberta. While connected to the network under Genome Canada’s Regional Priorities Partnership Program (RP3), the EBS funding competition is being independently coordinated and managed by Genome Alberta.
The EBS funding competition is open to Alberta investigators proposing research projects addressing current provincial challenges identified by program end-users (see Appendices 1 and 2). Proposals must describe how the solutions will be integrated and define benefits to Alberta with support from end users.
|December 10, 2019||Competition Launch|
|January 24, 2020||Registration Due|
|February 7, 2020||Invitation for Proposal Submission|
|March 6, 2020||Proposals Dues|
|April 17, 2020||Notification of Award (NOA) to the Applicants|
|June 30, 2020||Deadline for Projects to have met all the conditions of the NOA|
|July 1, 2020||Start date of the Projects|
|December 2021||Conclusion of the Projects|
For more information on registration and application process, please visit Genome Alberta website.