|Opportunity Name||Arctic and Northern Challenge Program|
|Agency||National Research Council of Canada|
|Value||$50,000 – $150,000/year|
|Indirect Costs||Eligible at 10%|
|Duration||Up to 3 years|
|Letter of Intent (LOI) due at FSc RO at firstname.lastname@example.org for full review||06-03-2022|
|LOI and fully signed ORS checklist due at FSc RO at email@example.com for mandatory review||06-10-2022|
|LOI and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review||06-15-2022 by 9:00AM|
|LOI due at agency||06-17-2022 by 11:59PM|
|Application due to FSc RO at firstname.lastname@example.org for full review||10-06-2022|
|Application and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at email@example.com for mandatory review||10-14-2022|
|Final application and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review||10-19-2022 by 9:00AM|
|Application due at agency||10-21-2022|
This program aims to advance applied research and development projects that will improve the daily lives of Northerners through the advancement of technology and innovation and build and increase Northern R&D capacity in order to solve pressing issues confronting Northerners.
This will be accomplished through participation of Arctic and Northern peoples in the design, governance, delivery and dissemination of applied research to address challenges that they identify.
Projects must have direct relevance to Arctic and Northern peoples. At least one of the following four themes must be addressed in the project:
Theme 1 – Arctic and Northern housing
Applied research is conducted and/or technology developed and applied to improve the adequacy, suitability, and affordability of Northern homes, such as:
- adequacy: research into quality construction and robust infrastructure
- suitability: research to support buildings that meet the functional and cultural needs of Northern communities
- affordability: research in construction, maintenance, materials, energy efficiency, transportation and other means to support affordable housing
Theme 2 – Arctic and Northern water
Applied research is conducted and/or technologies developed and applied to improve the availability, accessibility and quality of Arctic and Northern water resources, such as:
- availability: research to address climate change, population growth and other factors impacting the ability to source water
- accessibility: research that addresses infrastructure, operations and maintenance to support water and wastewater management and water distribution
- quality: research that examines contaminants within wastewater or quality of fresh water, and the treatment or monitoring of those, point‑source pollution or other impacts on water quality
Theme 3 – Arctic and Northern food
Applied research is conducted and/or technologies developed and applied to improve the accessibility, availability and quality of Arctic and Northern food resources, such as:
- accessibility: research addressing access to traditional food sources and food system infrastructure deficits
- availability: research examining impacts of climate change, shipping reliability and other considerations on the availability of food
- quality: research studying food safety, processing, storage, preservation and labour requirements
Theme 4 – Arctic and Northern health
Applied research is conducted and/or technologies developed and applied to improve the accessibility, comprehensiveness and appropriateness of Arctic and Northern health resources, such as:
- accessibility: research examining remote, rapid and local care
- comprehensiveness: research supporting detection, management and treatments for health and wellness, and its data, locally
- appropriateness: research into culturally appropriate care and communication
- Each research team must be composed of a PI or project administrator eligible to receive funding (see section 6.2 of the guidelines).
- The PI or project administrator should be an Indigenous person or a representative from an Arctic or Northern organization or an Arctic and Northern community. If not, the project must include a funded partner who is Indigenous or a representative of an Indigenous organization or community.
- Individuals identified as PIs can submit a maximum of one (1) project to this call as a PI and be part of a maximum of one (1) other project as a co‑investigator.
- Research team members who are Indigenous, or a representative from an Arctic or Northern organization or an Arctic and Northern community, are not subject to maximum participation limits.
- A Traditional Knowledge holder must be part of the research team.
- The research team must include an NRC collaborator.
- The research team may also include other collaborators.
How to Apply
To begin the application process, you must register for this opportunity by submitting your expression of interest.
York University researchers are reminded that all applications for external research funding, including Letters of Intent, must be reviewed and approved by the Office of Research Services before they are submitted to the granting agency. For internal approval, the application must be accompanied by a completed ORS Checklist, which requires the Dean’s signature. Please send the complete application, with the finalized budget and a completed ORS checklist to firstname.lastname@example.org, five days prior to agency deadline.
ORS is accepting electronic applications – the process is outlined here.
For specific questions, please contact your FSc Research Officer
(Biology, Physics & Astronomy, Science, Technology & Society)
Phoebe Tsz-Wai Chan
(Chemistry, Mathematics & Statistics)