Genomics Research and Development Initiative

The Genomics R&D Initiative is a federal program that coordinates science departments and agencies in the field of genomics research. These collaborations provide solutions to issues that are important to Canadians.


Our goal is to have federal laboratories deliver and apply high quality, genomics-based R&D solutions that align with Canada’s regulatory, public policy and operational mandates.

Research is done in collaboration with university and private sectors, and addresses important areas, such as:

Initiative phases

The initiative has been funded for 3-year cycles, comprised of:

Research developments

The initiative has:

Phase 5 continued to support mandated research in participating departments. It also supports 2 highly coordinated interdepartmental projects along shared priorities and common goals, which are:

  1. strengthening food and water safety in Canada through an Integrated Federal Genomics Initiative
  2. protecting Canadian biodiversity and trade from the impacts of global change through improved ability to monitor invasive alien and quarantine species

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