Arctic and Northern Challenge program


The Arctic and Northern Challenge program, which is at the development stage, will address pressing issues impacting the quality of life of northern peoples. By providing both research funding and scientific expertise, the program aims to support strong and sustainable northern communities through applied technology and innovation. The program is also committed to prioritizing northern-led research projects that have a strong focus on northern capacity building.


About the program

Areas of focus

Working with Canadian and international partners from northern communities, academia, industry, government and other interested stakeholders, the program will tackle 4 areas:

  • Housing
  • Health
  • Food
  • Water

Collaborative projects will be defined under each focus area.

Getting involved

The program is still in the development stage. Consult this page regularly for updates and opportunities to collaborate with us.

Relevant opportunities, led by other organizations

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

For collaborators

There will be ongoing future opportunities for collaborators to get involved. Researchers from the academic, public, not‑for‑profit and private sectors as well as from Indigenous governments and organizations may express their interest in collaborating by emailing us at NRC.Arctic&Northern-Arctique& When a potential collaborative opportunity has been identified, an NRC representative will be in contact. In the meantime, follow us on social media for updates using #NRCArcticResearch.

Grant and contribution funding will be available through the NRC's National Program Office for eligible collaborators who offer complementary expertise. This may include contributions to collaborative R&D as well as equipment needed for research in fundamental areas.

News and events


United Kingdom-Canada Inuit Nunangat and Arctic Region Research Programme will support Inuit self-determination in research


A number of workshops and other engagement activities to help scope research activities and define project plans will take place in 2021-22. Details will be posted here and on social media as workshops and engagement activities arise.


Contact us

The program team continues to work with stakeholders to refine the specific areas of focus. More information will be made available as this work progresses.

If you are interested in collaborating, making investments in this area, attending a workshop or engagement activity, or if you have any questions, please contact:

Dr. Keith Chaulk
Program Director, Arctic and Northern Challenge program
Email: NRC.Arctic&Northern-Arctique&

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