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Northern Contaminants Program 2023-2024

Opportunity NameNorthern Contaminants Program Call for Proposals
AgencyCrown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC)
ValuePlease see the Call for Proposals
Indirect CostsEligible at 15%
DurationUp to 3 years
Application due to FSc RO at for full review02-22-2023
Application and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review03-01-2023
Final application and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review03-06-2023, by 9:00AM
Application due at agency 03-08-2023, by 11:59PM

The current focus of the NCP is on the high priority issues in communities where people are exposed to contaminants at levels of concern to health authorities, and on better understanding the issue of plastic pollution in the North and Arctic. 

The NCP funds research, monitoring and related activities in Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nunavik and Nunatsiavut. This includes the traditional territories of Yukon First Nations and of the Dene and Metis of the Northwest Territories, and all of Inuit Nunangat. Proposals for work to be conducted outside these regions will be considered on a case-by-case basis according to their relevance to priorities and objectives identified in the NCP strategic guidance documents (the ‘NCP Blueprints’).  

Multi-year proposals will be considered under the following subprograms: 

  1. Human Health 
  2. Environmental monitoring and research 
  3. Community-based monitoring and research 
  4. Communications, capacity and outreach 
  5. Program coordination and Indigenous partnerships 


There are no restrictions on who can apply for NCP research funding. Past applicants have included but have not been limited to:

  • Indigenous governments and organizations
  • Academic based researchers
  • Government based researchers
  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • Northern or Indigenous community groups or individuals


SeminarDateHow to Join
NCP Proposal Seminar #1: Introduction and essential requirements of a NCP proposal and budget   Note: This will include practical examples of how to fill in the proposal and budget templates January 24, 2023 (1-2pm EST) N/A
NCP Proposal Seminar #2: Best practices for completing a Community-Based Monitoring and Research and Communications, Capacity and Outreach Proposal   Note: This will include practical examples of how to fill in the proposal and budget templates January 31, 2023 (1-2pm EST) N/A
NCP Proposal Seminar #3: Best practices for completing a Human Health or Environmental Monitoring and Research Proposal:   Note: This will include practical examples of how to fill in the proposal and budget templates February 7, 2023 (1-2pm EST) Click here to join the meeting
Meeting ID: 214 957 733 105
Passcode: b5Bfhn 

How to Apply

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