Climate-Smart Agriculture and Food Systems – Interdisciplinary Challenge Teams

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Overview of funding

Total funding available

$24,000,000

Maximum project envelope in this competition

$3,000,000

Overview

Genome Canada is launching a new Climate Action Genomics Initiative funding opportunity in May 2022. Interdisciplinary Challenge Teams (ICTs) represent the largest, key component of the initiative. ICTs are integrated teams of researchers from different disciplines and users who work together to address specific questions, achieve relevant deliverables and, ultimately, reduce the carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions of Canada’s agriculture and food systems. As part of the Initiative portfolio, the teams will work toward broader national impacts that manifest value beyond each individual project. The ICTs will provide genomic solutions to help implement agriculture and food production systems that are climate-resilient, socially responsible, economically viable and environmentally sustainable, and that contribute to the mitigation of climate change impacts.

Deadline for submission

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SAVE THE DATE

July 20 (1:00-2:30 pm ET)
Virtual information session with members of registered ICTs (see full timeline below)

HIGHLIGHTS

 

Objectives

The ICT funding opportunity aims to support teams that use genomic[1] approaches to achieve the overall objective of the Initiative, which is to develop and apply genomic tools and technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the carbon footprint of Canada’s food systems to ensure they are resilient, economically viable and environmentally sustainable.

The scope of this funding opportunity will include areas where genomic technologies are used to help achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 and reduce the carbon footprint of Canada’s agriculture and food production system. Projects should seek solutions that will increase the value created by production systems without increasing greenhouse gas emissions or amplifying negative impacts on the natural environment. Furthermore, projects should demonstrate how their outputs could be translated into reduced emissions by taking into account the various dimensions of the food system value chain, including production, processing, distribution and consumption.

Applicants must demonstrate how their proposal has significant potential to achieve concrete deliverables by the end of the funding period. Proposals that make a strong case that their deliverables will translate into significant social and/or economic benefits that align with the Initiative’s overall intended impact (i.e., the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to lessen the carbon footprint of Canada’s agriculture and food production systems) within the shortest time frame possible after the end of the project are particularly encouraged. Consideration will be given to what is reasonable for different research areas.

To ensure that the objectives of the funding opportunity are met, all applications must address the evaluation criteria established for the competition (see Appendix 1).

Available funding and term

  • There is approximately $24 million available for the ICTs from Genome Canada.
  • Genome Canada’s maximum contribution to an approved project will be $3 million.
  • There must be a minimum contribution of $1 million from Genome Canada to each approved project.
  • A project’s eligible costs must be co-funded from eligible sources such that the co-funding is at least equal to the Genome Canada contribution.
  • Successful teams will be awarded funding for a term of up to four years.

It is anticipated that eight to 10 ICTs will be funded as part of the Initiative portfolio. The portfolio will also include a Data Coordinating Centre (DCC) as well as a Knowledge Mobilization[2] and Implementation Coordinating Centre (KMICC).

Timeline

Project support requests must be submitted to Genome Canada through a regional Genome Centre. Please contact your Genome Centre for further information about its process and internal deadline dates.

  • May 12, 2022 – Launch of funding opportunity
  • Please check with your Genome Centre – Deadline for submitting registration to a Genome Centre
  • Please check with your Genome Centre – Deadline for submitting registration to a Genome Centre
  • July 20 (1:00-2:30 pm ET) – Virtual information session with members of registered ICTs **SAVE THE DATE**
  • Please check with your Genome Centre – Deadline for submitting Letter of Intent (LOI) to a Genome Centre
  • Early November 2022 -Applicants notified of results of LOI after peer review organized by Genome Canada
  • Please check with your Genome Centre – Deadline for submitting full application to a Genome Centre
  • Mid-February 2023 – Genome Canada’s review committee meets
  • End of February 2023 – Portfolio selection committee meets
  • End of March 2023 – Notification of decision
  • End of March 2023 – Notification of decision
  • May 2023 – Teams convened

Co-funding

A project’s eligible costs must be co-funded from eligible sources such that the co-funding is at least equal to the Genome Canada contribution. To be considered as an eligible funding source, co-funding for this competition must be for research activities that are an integral part of the Genome Canada–approved project and must be for eligible costs specifically requested in the Genome Canada budget. See the Genome Canada Guidelines for Funding for more details.

Contacts

Kristin Tweel Genome Atlantic ktweel@genomeatlantic.ca
Laetitia Sabatier Génome Québec lsabatier@genomequebec.com
Laura Riley Ontario Genomics lriley@ontariogenomics.ca
Lester Young Genome Prairie lyoung@genomeprairie.ca
Ryan Mercer Genome Alberta rmercer@genomealberta.ca
Alison Dendoff Genome BC adendoff@genomebc.ca

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[1] The term genomics is defined here as the comprehensive study, using high throughput technologies, of the genetic information of a cell or organism and its functions. The definition also includes related disciplines, such as epigenomics, metabolomics, metagenomics, proteomics, transcriptomics, bioinformatics and synthetic biology, as long as the link to genetic information is clear.

[2] In the context of this funding opportunity, knowledge mobilization encompasses a wide range of activities relating to the production and use of research results, including knowledge synthesis, dissemination, transfer, exchange and co-creation or co-production by researchers and knowledge users. See https://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/funding-financement/policies-politiques/knowledge_mobilisation-mobilisation_des_connaissances-eng.aspx#a1.