Arctic Inspiration Prize

Aboriginal Peoples
Arctic and Northern Regions
Community, Regional & Enterprise Development
Environment, Energy and Natural Resources
Governance and Public Policy
Information and Communication Technology
Oceans, Fisheries and Aquaculture
Social Justice
Well-being, Health and Biomedical Discovery


Academic Unit: inquire with unit

Memorial Deadline: Monday 16th, May 2022

External Deadline: Wednesday 7th, September 2022


The Arctic Inspiration Prize Charitable Trust was settled in December 2015 to establish northern ownership of the AIP. It is led by a majority of northern Trustees who govern and ensure the long-term sustainability of the AIP.

Through the Trust, with an endowment of approximately $50 million, the AIP is led and owned by its northern Indigenous Co-Owners and is entirely for the people of the North, from Yukon to Nunatsiavut. The Trust has representatives from Yukon, the Northwest Territories, the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Nunavut, Nunavik, and Nunatsiavut, as well as past Laureates, science, industry, philanthropy and the founders.

Teams must be led by a Northerner with a majority of Northern team members, but can include members from the South. For the AIP, a Northerner is defined as:

  • An Indigenous person of the North preferably working and residing in the regions eligible for the AIP; or
  • A non-Indigenous person working and residing in the regions eligible for the AIP.

Initiatives must also be new. The AIP provides seed-money to get new and creative projects off the ground – projects that help to solve challenges identified by Northern communities. Because of this, the AIP does not award prizes for the continued operation or expansion of existing project.


Optional Letter of Intent:
September 7, 2022 11:59 p.m. PT*

Submission of Nomination Package:
October 14, 2022 11:59 p.m. PT

More information can be found here.

*Based on 2021 dates, subject to change once call for nominations is made. Note that the 2022 Nomination Guides and Templates will be available soon.

Funding Sources

Arctic Inspiration Prize Charitable Trust

This opportunity was posted by: RGCS

Last modified: April 12, 2022