Call for research proposals under the Canada-Inuit Nunangat-UK Arctic Research Programme


NRC eligibility criteria

The NRC National Program Office's eligibility requirements are outlined in the following table. Please note that the NRC reserves the right to make changes to this document in conformity with applicable policies.

NRC – National Program Office funding
Main purpose To support recipient's costs for projects that advance R&D program objectives
Funding available Up to $450K per project over 3 years
Eligible activities
  • Collaborative R&D/demonstration projects
  • Capacity-building activities
  • Coordination activities
Direct eligible costs
  • Salaries Note 1
  • Research support Note 2
  • Travel and accommodation
  • Professional services
  • Equipment and fit-up Note 3
Indirect costs Overhead up to a maximum of 10% of total direct eligible costs Note 4
Eligible recipients and NRC’s coverage
  • Post-secondary institutions
  • Non-profit research organizations
  • Indigenous governments and representative organizations
  • Municipal and territorial governments

100% of total eligible costs

  • Small and medium-sized enterprises of up to 500 employees

75% of total eligible costs Note 4

Stacking Total Canadian government assistance is up to 100% of total eligible costs

NRC collaboration

The National Program Office’s funding will be provided through the Collaborative Science, Technology and Innovation Program (CSTIP) terms and conditions.

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 this initiative 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.

NRC definitions

Principal investigator” means the lead researcher from each party assigned to the project and identified in the letter of intent.

Co-investigator” means a third-party who is providing a significant contribution to the R&D of the project and who intends to submit a request for NRC funding.

Collaborator” means a third-party to the project who is not receiving an NRC financial contribution, and is not the NRC, nor the recipient of the funding agreement.

Projects selection considerations

The National Program Office assesses funding applications taking into consideration factors that include:

  • benefits to Northern and Indigenous communities
  • relevance to 1 or more of the NRC's program themes (housing, health, food, water)
  • how the project will advance the objectives of this collaborative Canada-ITK-UK call for funding
  • strength of the project team and capacity to achieve expected results
  • technical aspects including science plan and budget
  • risks and associated mitigations
  • anticipated benefits to your organization and to Canada

NRC contacts

Questions about applicable research:

Anne Barker
Telephone: 613-790-7079

Questions about eligibility requirements and specific terms and conditions:

Elena Di Francesco
Telephone: 438-992-1913