NRC’s Arctic and Northern Challenge program first call for proposals – Full Application

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


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Memorial Deadline: Tuesday 18th, October 2022

External Deadline: Friday 21st, October 2022


The National Research Council of Canada (NRC), under its Arctic and Northern Challenge program, is proud to launch a call for research proposals in support of key themes connected to housing, water, food and health care for Indigenous and Arctic and Northern peoples and communities. This call will provide up to $5 million over 3 years to eligible recipients.

The program aims to address pressing issues impacting the quality of life of Northern peoples. The program is committed to prioritizing Northern‑led research projects that have a strong focus on Northern capacity building. By providing both research funding and scientific expertise from the NRC, the program aims to support strong and sustainable Northern communities through applied technology and innovation.

The design and delivery of the program is responsive to the unique realities of Canada’s Arctic and Northern region. This includes acknowledging the history of colonialist practices in the region and Indigenous peoples’ right to self‑determination—particularly in the research process. It also includes recognition of the socio‑economic and capacity gaps that exist between those living in the North and the South and other key challenges that come with operating in the North. The program is also designed to be adaptive to the distinct needs and assets of Indigenous nations.

Projects supported by this call will include effective representation from multiple disciplines of research, including environmental, social, cultural, health, design, construction and engineering. It is expected that the majority of research conducted by projects will take place within Arctic and Northern territories, which can include Inuit Nunangat, Yukon and the Northwest Territories. If any research is conducted outside of these areas, it must demonstrate direct relevance to Arctic and Northern communities and lands.

All applications should be led by a principal investigator (PI) or project administrator from Northern Canada. The PI or project administrator should be an Indigenous person or a representative from an Arctic and 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.

A letter of intent (LOI) will be required to assess eligibility and relevance to the call. Those research teams who meet all of the LOI requirements will be invited to submit a full proposal. The LOI and full proposal will be submitted directly to the NRC.

The NRC’s Collaborative Science, Technology and Innovation Program (CSTIP) is intended to position the NRC as a collaborative platform that uses science excellence to tackle Canada’s most pressing challenges. As such, projects supported under the program will benefit from NRC assets in place (special‑purpose research facilities, scientific expertise and networks) and financial assistance in the form of non‑repayable grants or contributions. The NRC’s participation in the program’s projects is provided in kind and therefore does not form a part of the recipient project costs. The NRC cannot benefit directly from CSTIP funding.

Key dates and steps

  • LOI submission deadline: June 17, 2022
  • LOI notification: June 30, 2022
  • Full proposal submission deadline: October 21, 2022
  • Notification of final results: December 2, 2022

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Funding Sources

National Research Council of Canada (NRC)

This opportunity was posted by: RGCS

Last modified: April 29, 2022