About the GRDI

Through the $19.9 million/year Genomics Research and Development Initiative (GRDI), federal science departments and agencies collaborate in the field of genomics research to address biological issues that are important to Canadians. Federal government research in genomics provides economic, social and environmental benefits for Canadians in important areas such as health, food safety, sound management of natural resources, a sustainable and competitive agriculture sector, and environmental protection, with strong collaborations with university and the private sector. Eight departments and agencies receive GRDI funds. They are: The National Research Council of Canada; Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada; Health Canada; the Public Health Agency of Canada; Natural Resources Canada; Environment Canada; Fisheries and Oceans Canada; and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

GRDI began in 1999 and is now in its sixth funding cycle (Phase VI). At the beginning of each phase, departments and agencies review their research priorities for the allocation of funds to new projects. Phase VI builds on the best practices and supporting structures developed under the previous phase. It supports mandated research, as well as highly coordinated inter-departmental shared priority projects that address cross-cutting issues.

GRDI supports the mandates, regulations and public policies of participating departments and agencies and the development of new policies and standards. Independent evaluations have confirmed that GRDI continues to be relevant, that there is a continuing need for a federal genomics research program, and that it is achieving results not seen elsewhere in Canada. Given limited resources for government operations, GRDI is an important part of the genomics research effort of federal laboratories.