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NordForsk Initiative on Sustainable Development of the Arctic 

Opportunity NameNordForsk-led International Joint Initiative on Sustainable Development of the Arctic
AgencyNordForsk, NFRF
Indirect CostsEligible at 25%
Duration4 years
Notify SIRI of intent to applyAs soon as possible
Registration deadline at agency 05-30-2024
Application due to SIRI for full review05-21-2024
Application and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review05-28-2024
Final application and fully signed ORS checklist due to SIRI for mandatory review05-31-2024
Application due at agency 06-04-2024

The main aim of the call is to support research collaboration among participating countries in the Arctic region to bring forward new knowledge on how to ensure the sustainable development of the Arctic. Through interdisciplinary research projects that include Indigenous perspectives, this call will leverage expertise across Arctic countries to explore approaches to sustainable development in the Arctic, considering aspects such as security, natural resources and societal changes.

  • A minimum of three Nordic countries must be represented on the research team. To be eligible to receive funding from NFRF, the research team must also include at least one member who is eligible to apply to NFRF.
  • The Nominated Principal Investigator must be an independent researcher. Postdoctoral Fellows, research associates or students are not eligible to apply as NPIs, Co-PIs or co-applicants.
  • The Canada-based research team may include individuals who are not eligible to apply directly to NFRF as co-PIs and/or co-applicants.
  • NFRF will only fund Indigenous co-developed co-led projects. All projects are required to partner with a participating community or communities in the co-creation, implementation and ownership of the research and outcomes, and to develop approaches related to knowledge mobilization and community uptake. To reflect this, the Canada-based team must have a minimum of two co-PIs, including the NPI and a co-PI who is a representative of the community or region where the research will take place and/or the community that has requested and will benefit from the research findings.
  • Teams are encouraged to meaningfully engage Early Career Researchers.
  • A researcher may only serve as project leader for one pre-proposal under this call. However, research organisations may be affiliated with more than one pre-proposal.

How to Apply

Applicants are asked to contact Abby Vogus (, SIRI specialist, and their Faculty Research Office as soon as possible.

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, five days prior to agency deadline.

ORS is accepting electronic applications – the process is outlined here.

For specific questions, please contact FSc Research Services at