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Up to $25K/project.  Each project must be matched with a minimum of $25K contribution from the industry (cash and in-kind acceptable), to a total project size of $50K or more. 


12 months


Stage 1: Intent to Apply (screening calls with OG) – February 13 – March 9, 2020

Written application due at ORS – Monday, February 24, 2020

Stage 2: Written Application due at agency (by invitation only) – Monday, March 9, 2020 by 9am

Stage 3: Pitch – March 20, 2020


Ontario Genomics (OG) recently announced an Open Call for the Industry Challenge 2020 Program: Healthy Lives, Healthy Economy, Healthy Planet through Genomics.  A summary is provided below.


To provide teams with funding for novel and innovative projects to solve pressing challenges and address industry opportunities through the application of genomics-based solutions across key sectors of the Ontario economy with the intent to drive economic growth, improve quality of life and Ontario’s global leadership. 

This intent of this Open Call is for genomics and engineering biology innovators to solve industry and other end-user identified challenges within and across agriculture and agri-food, human health, industrial biotechnology and natural resources and the environment in one or more of the five areas identified below.

  • Sustainable Food and Biomaterials Production
  • Rapid Genomic Diagnostics in Healthcare, Food Safety & Agriculture, and the Environment
  • Biomanufacturing and Scale Up from the Lab to the Factory
  • Roadmaps for Reducing Red Tape, Regulatory Burden or other Barriers
  • New Paradigms for Rare Disease Treatment

For more information, including the program guidelines and how to apply, please visit: