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Ontario Pledges $85M for Genomics

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Ontario plans to start a large funding program focused on genomics research that aims to lure talented researchers to the area.

The Global Leadership Round in Genomics and Life Sciences will spend C$100 million ($85 million) to support "globally significant, collaborative research projects" that are headquartered in the Ontario region, the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation said on Monday.

The new campaign will support research to develop knowledge that could lead to cures, treatments, and preventions for diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. The funding also could support studies related to agriculture, environmental protection, and clean technologies.

The funding is part of the region's Ontario Research Fund, a C$625 million, four-year effort that is focused on developing research in the region, spurring industry, and "providing talented researchers with the support they need to undertake cutting-edge research," according to the Ministry of Research and Innovation.

"At a time when economic challenges are tempting some governments to scale back on their innovation spending, Ontario is more committed than ever to its vision of global leadership through collaboration," Ontario's Minister of Research and Innovation, John Wilkinson, said in a statement. "New discoveries and breakthroughs will continue to be made – and we want those people, those ideas, and those jobs right here in Ontario."