4 tips to help develop a proposal for Genome Canada’s LSARP

Posted on Monday, April 16, 2018


Genome Canada will be launching their Large Scale Applied Research Project (LSARP) competition, focused on agriculture, agri-food, fisheries, and aquaculture, early summer 2018. ISS hosted a seminar with Ontario Genomics’ Caitlin Taylor Thursday, April 12 where researchers and research facilitators learned what is required for a competitive proposal.

Typical projects for this upcoming funding opportunity will range from $2 million to $8 million (or more) over a maximum of four years. Genome Canada will invest a minimum of $1 million and a maximum of $ 4 million for up to 4 years and a minimum of 50% of the budget for each project must come from eligible (non-Tri-Council) co-funding sources (including provincial, institutional and industry cash and in kind contributions).


The following advice was provided for helping researchers develop a competitive proposal:

  1. Engage end users early: This program is for applied research where end users should be involved in defining the problem, and influencing the direction of the solutions. They should continue to be involved with the project through its implementation.
  2. Build a diverse team: The team should include researchers from different provinces, and if possible, international collaborators, to demonstrate that this is international caliber research. If applicable, partner with teams working on similar proposals: this will broaden Canadian involvement and potential impact, and reduce the likelihood of directly competing projects (only one of which would likely get funded). Ontario Genomics can make links to other projects across the country.
  3. A GE3LS component is essential: The team should include at least one social science or humanities researcher to look at (at least) one facet of Genomics and its Ethical, Environmental, Economic, Legal, Social (GE3LS) aspects. The GE3LS research must be integrated and applied, likely addressing hurdles or barriers to uptake of the project’s deliverables, such as looking at how to address public acceptance of GMOs.
  4. Build a scientific case using statistical analysis: Your 10 page pre-application must show strong evidence, complete with statistical analysis to demonstrate that your proposed project is feasible.


The Request for Applications, to include priority areas is expected in the spring of 2018.

Registration to close in mid-August, with a late October/early November deadline for the pre-application.

Invitations to the full proposal: January 2019

Full proposal submission: April 2019

Project start: October 2019.


As this is a major undertaking, drawing on the resources available to the research community is essential. Your research facilitators can help you coordinate this. ISS can help you develop your partnerships, and build your economic plan. Ontario Genomics wishes to help bring as much federal money into the province as possible, and therefore also represent an important resource for researchers. Please engage these resources at the beginning of your process for the greatest impact on your success, as either a project leader or project participant.


Additional Resource: 2014 Awards and RFA information

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