Genomics Research and Development Initiative

The Genomics Research and Development Initiative (GRDI) coordinates federal science departments and agencies in the field of genomics. Genomics is the study of DNA sequences, gene functions, and the complexity of their multiple interactions. This collaborative initiative was first established in 1999.

Federal research funded by the initiative seeks to contribute solutions to issues that are important to Canadians in the areas of:

Knowledge from genomics research generates tools to:

GRDI research occurs in the controlled conditions of laboratories, greenhouses or research plantations. Interaction with the natural environment is largely limited to sampling and research facilities.

The GRDI is expected to result in a net positive effect on the environment. Outcomes of this cross-government initiative will improve environmental performance, reduce pollution, and help the transition to the bio-economy.  Cross-sector outcomes will:

The GRDI will also contribute to the following Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) goals:

The GRDI will also support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) concerning:

The GRDI results in socio-economic benefits for all Canadians through more secure food and a better quality water supply. By supporting more sustainable and productive resource management in the forestry, fisheries and agricultural sectors, the GRDI helps to ensure Canada’s competitive edge in changing global markets.

Follow-up will be conducted by ECCC on an annual basis with project leads to ensure all departmental projects are continuing to support the FSDS. Data will be collected through GRDI Performance Reports that are published online. ECCC will report on projects supporting the departmental mandate in accordance with the Departmental Results Report and Departmental Plan.

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