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The Canada-Inuit Nunangat-United Kingdom Arctic Research Programme is proud to present its Call for Research Proposals in Inuktut. Our program is guided by the National Inuit Strategy on Research and seeks to fund projects that feature strong Inuit involvement and are meaningful for Inuit Nunangat communities. Please double-click on the text below to access the Call information in Inuktut.
Kanatami−Inuit Nunangat−Ingalami Ukiuqtaqtumi Qaujisarnirmu Piliriangujumut Pijumajut Qaujisarnirmu Tuksiqtuutinik quviasukput saqqittinirmi saalaksarasungnirmu Inuktituuqtunik tusagaksanik. Piliriaksavut ikajuqsuqtauvuq Kanatami Inuit Parnagutingani Qaujisarnirmu ammalu qiniqłutik kiinaujasaqtuutitaaqtittinirmi piliriaksaujunut piliriniujuk inungni piliriqatiqammariktunik ammalu pimmariujunik Inuit Nunangani nunalingniittunut. Una naqiguk takujunnaqullugu Pijumajut Inuktituuqtunik tusagaksanik.
ᑲᓇᑕᒥ−ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓄᓇᖓᑦ−ᐃᖓᓚᒥ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒥ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᕐᓂᕐᒧ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖑᔪᒧᑦ ᐱᔪᒪᔪᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᕐᓂᕐᒧ ᑐᒃᓯᖅᑑᑎᓂᒃ ᖁᕕᐊᓱᒃᐳᑦ ᓴᖅᑭᑦᑎᓂᕐᒥ ᓵᓚᒃᓴᕋᓱᖕᓂᕐᒧ ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑑᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᑐᓴᒐᒃᓴᓂᒃ. ᐱᓕᕆᐊᒃᓴᕗᑦ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᓱᖅᑕᐅᕗᖅ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐸᕐᓇᒍᑎᖓᓂ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᕐᓂᕐᒧ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᕿᓂᖅᖢᑎᒃ ᑮᓇᐅᔭᓴᖅᑑᑎᑖᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒥ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᒃᓴᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᐅᔪᒃ ᐃᓄᖕᓂ ᐱᓕᕆᖃᑎᖃᒻᒪᕆᒃᑐᓂᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐱᒻᒪᕆᐅᔪᓂᒃ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓄᓇᖓᓂ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓃᑦᑐᓄᑦ. ᐅᓇ ᓇᕿᒍᒃ ᑕᑯᔪᓐᓇᖁᓪᓗᒍ ᐱᔪᒪᔪᑦ ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑑᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᑐᓴᒐᒃᓴᓂᒃ.
High-Level Programme Details
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI), Polar Knowledge Canada (POLAR), National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Parks Canada (PARKS), and the Fonds de Recherche du Quebec (FRQ) are proud to launch a joint Call for Research Proposals under the Canada-Inuit Nunangat-United Kingdom Acrctic Research Programme (Programme) in support of key themes connected to climate-driven changes to the terrestrial, coastal and near-shore marine environments in Inuit Nunangat, as well as impacts on Inuit and community health and well-being.
The current and future economic, social, cultural, environmental and health implications of environmental changes for Inuit communities are critical. Inuit disproportionately experience a range of challenges that negatively impact social determinants of health including food security, housing, and mental wellness. Many of these challenges will be exacerbated by rapid changes to the environment.
Projects supported by this Call will include effective representation from multiple disciplines of research, including environmental, social, cultural, health, design and engineering. It is expected that the majority of research conducted by projects will take place within Inuit Nunangat. Inuit Nunangat is the Inuit homeland in Canada, encompassing the land claims regions of Nunavut, Nunavik in Northern Quebec, Nunatsiavut in Northern Labrador and the Inuvialuit Settlement Region of the Northwest Territories. It is inclusive of land, water and ice, and describes an area encompassing 35 percent of Canada’s landmass and more than 50 percent of its coastline. If any research is conducted outside of this area, it must demonstrate direct relevance to Inuit Nunangat.
All Research Teams must consist of a Principal Investigator from the United Kingdom, as well as a Principal Investigator from Canada. It is encouraged that the Canadian Principal Investigator be an Inuk, or a representative from an Inuit Land Claims Organization or their designate or an Inuit Nunangat community. If the Canadian Principal Investigator is not an Inuk, or a representative from an Inuit Land Claims Organization or their designate or an Inuit Nunangat community, an Inuit partner must be a funded Co-investigator in the Research Team and involved from the outset in the co-development of the research proposal.
A Letter of Intent (LOI) will be required to assess eligibility of Research Teams and relevance to the Call. This will be followed by an invitation to submit a Full Proposal for those Research Teams who meet the eligibility and relevance requirements. Both the LOI and Full Proposal shall be submitted via the FRQ online platform, FRQnet – Portfolio (gouv.qc.ca).
Details can be found in the Programme Guide, available in the Toolbox of this Programme web page. Additional information on the specific eligibility requirements of each funding partner, as well as the terms and conditions for these partners, can be found on the Partners’ respective webpages (see Key Resources, section 4 below). Funded projects may be eligible for in-kind research support, offered by PARKS, NRC and POLAR. The nature of in-kind contributions may include accommodations, access to facilities, sites, equipment, technician support, staff support, etc. Full Proposals must detail the in-kind support they intend to request from Partners.
1. Call for Research Proposals Themes
To be eligible, projects must address one of two themes presented below. Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with the relevant funding organizations to ensure alignment within the themes.
Theme 1 – Arctic Ecosystems and their Impact on Inuit Communities (funding provided by UKRI, POLAR; and FRQ, if applicable)
This theme must explore research related to understanding dynamic Arctic ecosystems in the context of rapid change and the impact of these changes on Inuit health and well-being. This includes terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems and cryosphere (sea, freshwater or glacial ice, snow, permafrost) research at local, regional and pan-Arctic scales for better models and predictions; the impacts of changing marine and terrestrial environments on local ecosystems and the vitality and well-being of Inuit Nunangat communities and Inuit. Examples of research conducted under this theme could include, but are not limited to:
- collecting baseline information on terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems, including abiotic elements such as the cryosphere;
- monitoring and integrated modelling of terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystem changes where baselines have been established, and the consequences of the potential impacts for Inuit communities;
- identifying emerging risks and opportunities from environmental change and the potential impacts to Inuit and Inuit communities to develop timely and effective responses;
- changing ecosystems and the impact on the Arctic’s natural and cultural heritage and challenges and opportunities for conservation of this unique environment;
- changing diversity and accessibility of marine and terrestrial species populations and the challenges and opportunities this presents for food security and quality, and economic diversification;
- climate change influences on Inuit cultural and harvesting activities to improve understanding of associated health outcomes, and allow evidence-based climate adaptation policy-making;
- understanding and projecting climate change induced needs and gaps in the food systems Inuit depend on, including Inuit and market food security;
- knowledge of diseases in northern wildlife, including impacts on country foods and food security;
- effects of pollution and human activities on the local environment (e.g. air quality, water quality, country foods, etc.) and on community and Inuit health and well-being;
- understanding implications of environmental change on national and international laws and security;
- influences of climate change on the social determinants of Inuit health;
- identifying gaps in legislation and policy that contribute to systemic challenges in the areas of health and wellness in the region, and how these might be exacerbated by environmental change;
- issues of mobility for Inuit Nunangat communities, including the drivers for increased or decreased movement of people in the Arctic through changing climate and ecosystems, and the interactions and links with other factors such as forced migration/displacement, local heritage and cultural values, and political and economic drivers.
Theme 2 – Mitigations and Adaptations for Resilience (funding provided by UKRI, NRC; and FRQ, if applicable)
This theme must explore research related to innovative, practical and ethical mitigation and adaptation tools and technological solutions derived from understanding the impacts of environmental change on housing, health, food and water. Profound infrastructure gaps exist between Inuit Nunangat and the rest of Canada, and existing infrastructure in Inuit Nunangat is increasingly vulnerable to climate change related issues. Examples of research conducted under this theme could include, but is not limited to:
- technologies for response to changing ground conditions’ effects on community infrastructure, such as permafrost thaw and coastal erosion;
- adaptations for seasonal road systems due to fluctuating environmental conditions and the impact on community access to country foods, health infrastructure and supplies;
- the associated impacts and opportunities of marine transportation upon housing stock, food security and safety, both environmental and personal;
- innovative food, water and waste systems in response to changing environmental conditions for remote communities;
- house-scale renewable energy systems and storage;
- new technologies supporting energy efficiency retrofits in social housing;
- technical innovations, including telehealth services, to support community and Inuit physical and mental health and well-being services, as related to the impacts of climate change;
- resilient technologies for healthy, innovative, adaptive and culturally appropriate housing that address the effects of household crowding on housing performance, as related to the impacts of climate change;
- implications of environmental change on current and future availability and access to clean drinking water in Inuit communities;
- technologies for sustainable development, supporting community priorities;
- technologies that enable interjurisdictional learning and education on sustainable energy options.
Proposals must also address at least two of the three cross-cutting issues below:
- Economics of Arctic change: for example, from local level (subsistence economies, local livelihoods and trading relationships) to new industries, including circular economies, development of new fishing grounds and new logistical hubs, international trade, including global legislation and governance, and tariffs of shipping routes, tourism, and the socio-economic impact of climate change.
- Resilience and sustainability: for example, of communities, infrastructure and industry, and the environment to the changing Arctic; understanding the key determinants and solutions (social, cultural, ethical, economic, geographical, political, infrastructure-related) of Inuit community resilience to rapid Arctic climate change and/or increases in risk of shocks.
- Inuit community health and well-being: for example, the interrelated and interdependent nature of community health and well-being and changes to the natural environment; creating Inuit-specific, culturally relevant, and gender specific health and well-being indicators that incorporate climate vulnerabilities, and monitoring them to document climate change influences on Inuit health.
2. Available Funding
The available funding for this Call is approximately CAD 6,900,000 from the Canadian partners and £7,630,000 from the UKRI.
For Canadian applicants, the maximum amount of funding per project is CAD 150,000 per year. Québec applicants may be eligible for a yearly supplement of CAD 50,000 from FRQ to support the participation of researchers from the province of Québec. The total request for funding for each project cannot exceed CAD 600,000 for the 3 year period.
For UK applicants, total request for funding for each project cannot exceed £545,000 (at 80% Full Economic Cost), for the 3 year period.
3. Key Dates
Webinar 1: Introduction to the new Canada-Inuit Nunangat-United Kingdom Arctic Research Programme will be on Wednesday June 16th, 4:30pm – 6:00pm UK / 11h30-13h00 Ottawa & Montreal
Webinar 2: Building networks and partnerships – Canada-Inuit Nunangat-United Kingdom Arctic Research Programme will be on Wednesday June 30th 4:30pm – 6:00pm UK / 11h30-13h00 Ottawa & Montreal
The deadline to submit the Letter of Intent is August 4th 2021, 4pm EDT (9pm BST)
The deadline to submit the Full Proposal is November 10th 2021, 4pm EST (9pm GMT)
4. Key Resources
To apply under Theme 1, make sure to read the Programme Guide, and all other eligibility requirements from the funding partners’ websites –
- For UK applicants – UKRI’s Terms & Conditions: Research Grants Handbook (ukri.org)
- For Canadian applicants – POLAR’s Terms & Conditions: https://www.canada.ca/en/polar-knowledge/fundingforresearchers/grants-and-contributions-to-support-the-advancement-of-northern-science-and-technology.html
- Additionally, for Québec applicants – FRQ’s Terms & Conditions: https://frq.gouv.qc.ca/en/common-general-rules
To apply under Theme 2, make sure to read the Programme Guide, and all other eligibility requirements from the funding partners’ websites –
- For UK applicants – UKRI’s Terms & Conditions: Research Grants Handbook (ukri.org)
- For Canadian applicants – NRC’s Terms & Conditions:
- Additionally, for Québec applicants – FRQ’s Terms & Conditions: https://frq.gouv.qc.ca/en/common-general-rules
To inquire or apply for in-kind support, please directly contact the funding agency from whom you are seeking in-kind support:
WEBINARS TO SUPPORT NETWORKING
There will be two online sessions to promote the new programme, share information and resources and assist with building networks. The first session ‘Introduction to the new Canada-Inuit Nunangat-United Kingdom Arctic Research Programme’ will be on Wednesday June 16th 4:30pm – 6:00pm UK / 11h30 -13h00 Ottawa & Montreal. The session will provide an overview of the programme, application process, timeline and key features, as well as information resources to support networking. There will be a question and answer session with representatives from all the programme partners. A recording of the session will be available. Register for this session here: https://bit.ly/3bZA6rX
The second online session will be on Wednesday June 30th 4:30pm – 6:00pm UK / 11h30 – 13h00 Ottawa & Montreal. This session ‘Building networks and partnerships – Canada-Inuit Nunangat-United Kingdom Arctic Research Programme’ will focus in more depth on networking resources, partnerships and linking to Northern priorities. It is anticipated that the contents of this session will be informed by the details of the online collaboration platform, which potential applicants are encouraged to use. A recording of the session will be available. Register for this session here: https://bit.ly/3fOS8ym.
Documents and information about networking can be found here: https://cloud.frq.gouv.qc.ca/d/5b24b54c307049f6b342
As part of the Call, the partners have created a platform for potential applicants to reach out to new collaborators, with the intent of fostering exchanges that could lead to partnerships in research. Please register at: https://cinuarc.meeting-mojo.com/. The platform is accessible to researchers, community members and others from across Canada, Inuit Nunangat and the United Kingdom who wish to connect through this programme. Use of the platform is not a requirement of the Call, but is strongly encouraged. Information gathered will only be used for the purpose of supporting networking/collaboration in this programme.
6. FAQ Section
Q1: What must be included in the Letter of Intent (LOI) ?
A1: Please refer to section 3.1 Documents and Information Required, in the Programme Guide. The LOI is an online form which must be filled-in on the FRQnet online platform. A sample of the LOI, for reference only, is available in the Toolbox.
Q2: How can I make contact with researchers who are Inuit, or representatives from an Inuit Land Claims Organization or their designate, or an Inuit Nunangat community ?
A2: Please refer to section 5 Networking of this Programme webpage, and join our informational webinars on this topic. You may also consult the networking support documents, also available in Section 5.
Q3: If our Research Team includes a Collaborator from Québec, are we eligible for the FRQ supplement funding ?
A3: No, collaborators are not eligible to receive funding under this Programme. Only Principal Investigators and Co-investigators can receive funding from this Programme. For information on eligibility criteria for Québec researchers, please refer to FRQ’s Common General Rules, available in the Toolbox. For information on eligibility criteria for researchers who are not from Québec, please refer to Section 3.3 – Composition of the Research Team, in the Programme Guide.
Q4 : “I’m an adjunct professor at xyz university. Can I be a Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator ?”
A4: Please refer to the eligibility criteria of your affiliated organization to see if you meet the requirements for Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator.
Q5 : “I’m an individual, not affiliated with an organization. Can I be Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator ?”
A5: Funding from this Programme must be received through a recognized organization. Individuals cannot be funded directly. Please refer to the definition of Funding Holder in the Lexicon of the Programme Guide.
Q6: “I’m a researcher from the United Kingdom. As Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator, does my part of the research have to physically happen in Inuit Nunangat or are laboratory or desktop studies that happen in the United Kingdom, that support the Canadian research in Inuit Nunangat, permitted ?”
A6: It is expected that the majority of research conducted by projects will take place within Inuit Nunangat. If any research is conducted outside of this area, it must demonstrate direct relevance to Inuit Nunangat. Laboratory, desktop or numerical modelling research components that support the project could be acceptable if the relevance to the overall project is clear.
Q7: Is it expected that all disciplinary expertise needs to be represented in the UK members of the projects? / Is it expected that all disciplinary expertise needs to be represented in the Canadian members of the projects?
A7: No, the projects are expected to include multiple disciplines, but this is across the breadth of the UK and Canadian project members.
Q8: I want to do some research on climate/environmental change where the impacts will not be felt until some point in the future. Is this in scope?
A8: Yes, the call is not restricted to impacts which are currently being felt.
7. Contact Information
For all general questions about the Call process, please contact FRQ. Questions will be anonymized and publically shared on the FRQ webpage in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section 6.
Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ), www.frq.gouv.qc.ca
Natalie Noël, email@example.com
For details about applicable research within each theme, or questions related to the eligibility requirements of the individual funding partners, or their specific terms and conditions, please contact the appointed resources below. Questions will be anonymized and publically shared on the FRQ webpage in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section 6.
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), www.itk.ca
Conor Mallory, firstname.lastname@example.org
United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI), www.ukri.org
Jessica Surma, email@example.com
Polar Knowledge Canada (POLAR), www.canada.ca/en/polar-knowledge.html
National Research Council of Canada (NRC), https://nrc.canada.ca/en
Questions about applicable research: Anne Barker, firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions about eligibility or specific terms & conditions: Elena Di Francesco, Elena.DiFrancesco@cnrc-nrc.gc.ca
Parks Canada (PARKS), https://www.pc.gc.ca/en
Stephen McCanny, email@example.com