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.

The GAPP aims to:

  • Accelerate the application of Canadian genomics-derived solutions to real-world opportunities and challenges defined by industry and public sector Receptors.
  • Channel Canada’s genomics capacity into sustainable innovations that benefit Canadians.
  • Enhance the value of Canadian genomics technologies by de-risking and incentivizing follow-on investment from industry and other partners.
  • Foster mutually beneficial collaboration and knowledge exchange between Canadian academia and technology receptors.

There is a three-stage, gated application process for this program:

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


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.

Funding Available

  • Budget: $300K – $6M (total)
  • Co-funding: 1/3 Genome Canada (max), 1/3 Receptor (min.), 1/3 Other co-funding (non-GC)
  • Maximum duration: 1-3 years

Helpful Links

Deadlines – EOI

CORIS Internal Review  Please contact your Research Facilitator.
cuResearch Checklist  February 19, 2017
Submission to sponsor
  • February 26, 2017 (Draft EOI)
  • April 11, 2018 (Final EOI)
Please note: applicants that miss deadlines may be moved to a later round of the GAPP.
For a list of the competition timelines, refer to link for GAPP website above.

Submitting Your Application

  • Applications must be submitted via cuResearch, through which Departmental and Associate Dean’s approval must be provided to complete the online application process.
  • More information on cuResearch can be found here.

Internal Contacts

If you would like assistance with proposal development and/or a substantive review of your Expression of Interest, please contact the appropriate Research Facilitator.