2015 Large Scale Applied Research Project Competition (LSARP)

Ontario Genomics Institute

Draft Registrations Deadline: July 13, 2015
Value: $2 million-$10 million for four years

(Genome Canada’s investment not to exceed 33% of the total investment in the project by all parties; remaining 67% of project costs must be secured through co-funding)

Genome Canada is seeking proposals for large-scale research projects which focus on the application of genomics to Natural Resources and the Environment.

This competition aims to support applied research projects focused on using genomic approaches to address challenges and opportunities of importance to Canada’s natural resources and environment sectors, including interactions between natural resources and the environment, thereby contributing to the Canadian bioeconomy and the well-being of Canadians. The scope of this funding opportunity includes areas such as genomics research related to energy, mining, forestry, water stewardship, wildlife management/conservation and bioproducts that help conserve natural resources and protect the environment. It also includes the use of genomics to identify key elements that impact ecosystem structure, function and diversity.

Note that studies focusing on human health as impacted by the environment or projects focused on producing food or food supplements for human or animal consumption are not eligible for support in this competition.

Complete information about this funding opportunity is available here: http://www.ontariogenomics.ca/lsarp2015

Great Lakes Protection Fund (call for Pre-proposals)

Pre-Proposal Deadline: August 3, 2015

About GLPF

The Fund is a mission-based investor. The ultimate criterion used to select projects is the anticipated benefit to the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem. The Fund welcomes brief pre-proposals to test new regional actions to protect and restore the ecological health of the Great Lakes.

Theme areas

  • Prototypes of Insurance, Assurance & Financial Products for the Ecosystem
  • Performance-Based Green Infrastructure Competition
  • Smarter Water – Healthier Lakes
  • Note that GLPF is interested in innovative ideas even if they do not fit neatly into one of these categories

Complete information about this funding opportunity is available here: http://glpf.org

Call for Ontario-Israel R7D Projects: Canada-Israel Industrial Research and Development Fund

Ontario-Israel Collaboration Program (OICP)

Deadline: August 31, 2015

The Call invites applicants – at least one industrial partner from Ontario and at least one industrial partner form Israel – to propose shared research projects for the development of innovative products or services. The maximum duration of a project is 24 months. Special consideration will be given to projects in the following four areas:

  • Clean technologies
  • Life sciences and medical devices
  • Cyber security and other information and communication technologies

Value for Ontario applicants: $300,000 or up to 50% of the R&D costs of technology based products and processes (whichever is less) from the Ministry of Research and Innovation.

Successful Israeli applicants are eligible to receive funding from the Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS), the Ministry of Economy, Israel, to support the Israel portion of the project under the OICP. The level of funding will be determined by the R&D Review Committee of the OCS.

CIIRDF and the OCS will conduct parallel application processes. Ontario and Israel companies are required to submit a joint application directly to CIIRDF. Israeli applicants are required to further apply directly to the OCS.

For complete information on this opportunity, please visit: http://www.ciirdf.ca/international_programs/forOntarioIsrael/RDFunding/index.php

Request for Proposals: White Paper on the Feasibility of Establishing a Framework for Public Health Monitoring

Water Reuse Foundation

Deadline: June 30, 2015
Value: $25,000 (matching funds required)

The primary objectives of this project are to prepare a white paper that addresses the following:

  • Determine whether it is technically feasible to identify acute and/or sub chronic population risks attributable to consumption of water produced as part of a direct potable reuse (DPR) project (e.g., a public health monitoring framework);
  • Evaluate the feasibility of collecting and interpreting information for a public health monitoring framework; and
  • Evaluate the types of baseline data that would be necessary to inform potential health effects studies resulting from the implementation of DPR

Complete information about this opportunity is available here: http://www.watereuse.org/foundation/rfp/WRRF-14-14

Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform (SOSCIP)

Call for Expressions of Interest

SOSCIP invites interested researchers who are affiliated with Carleton University, Wilfrid Laurier University, McMaster University, Queen’s University, the University of Ontario Institute for Technology, the University of Ottawa, Ryerson University, the University of Toronto, the University of Waterloo, Western University, and York University to submit expressions of interest in partnership with industry for the development of collaborative research projects.


  • Generate creative collaborations among SOSCIP consortium member academic institutions and industry
  • Facilitate new opportunities for researchers and industry to access high performance Blue Gene/Q, Cloud, Agile, and Large Memory System computing environments
  • Address industry challenges across a broad range of strategic sectors
  • Create new products and/or services that can be commercialized in Ontario and applied both domestically and around the globe

Priority Areas:

  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Cybersecurity
  • Digital media
  • Mining

Projects in the following areas will also be considered:

  • Agile Computing
  • Cities
  • Energy
  • Health
  • Water

As part of this call for EOIs, SOSCIP has partnered with OCE to offer a special opportunity for qualified projects for additional funding through the OCE Voucher for Industry Association Program. The Smart Computing R&D Challenge will provide a total of $7.5 million over two years, with $1.5 million from OCE, $3 million from NSERC, and another $3 million from industry in cash and in kind. Individual projects can be up to two years in length, and receive up to $500,000 in cash and in-kind contributions.

Complete information about this opportunity is available here: http://soscip.org/services/

Request for Proposals – various

Water Research Foundation


Urban Landscape Water Use Research Evaluation

Deadline: July 16, 2015

Practical Monitoring Tools for the Biological Processes in Biofiltration

Deadline: July 15, 2015

Performance Benchmarking of Pumps and Pumping Systems for Drinking Water Utilities

Deadline: July 15, 2015

Understanding the Source and Fate of Polymer-Derived Nitrosamine Precursors

Deadline: July 15, 2015

High Consequence Isolation Valve Placement and Operation for Effective Risk Management of Pipe Failure

Deadline: July 15, 2015

Developing Water Use Metrics and Class Characterization for Categories in the Commercial, Industrial and Institutional Sectors

Deadline: September 15, 2015

In addition to the above funding programs, the following are ongoing opportunities:


MITACS Accelerate Internships – Standard

Mitacs-Accelerate is Canada’s premiere research internship program. It connects companies with over 50 research-based universities through graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, who apply their specialized expertise to business research challenges. Interns transfer their skills from theory to real-world application, while the companies gain a competitive advantage by accessing high-quality research expertise.

MITACS Accelerate Clusters

Mitacs-Accelerate clusters are an alternative for larger research projects involving multiple Graduate students and/or Post-doctoral Fellows. Applicants may apply once for an Accelerate Cluster involving a minimum of three interns, at least six 4-month internship segments, and a minimum of one industrial partner.

For more information, please contact Anna Ziolecki or visit the MITACS website.