Since 2004, the ArcticNet Network of Centres of Excellence of Canada (NCE) has brought together scientists and experts in the natural, human health and social sciences with their partners in Inuit organizations, northern communities, governments and the private and public sectors to further our understanding of and help prepare for the impacts and opportunities brought by climate change and modernization in the Arctic. Further details on ArcticNet’s current mandate, objectives and research program are available on our website.

In order to provide the best possible information to address this challenge, a renewed ArcticNet will broaden its scope to include not only the coastal and marine Arctic, but also the Territorial Arctic and Subarctic regions. The proposed vision for a renewed ArcticNet can be found here.


This Call for LOIs aims to define the range of projects, of up to 3 years in duration, for a renewed ArcticNet academic-led research program. Retained LOIs will demonstrate the potential breadth and depth of the science program in a renewed ArcticNet Research Strategy. The Call is open to ArcticNet Network Investigators wishing to renew their research during Cycle III (2019-2024), as well as to all other eligible northern-focused Canadian researchers (see eligibility criteria below). New applicants and collaborators from Centres of Excellence in northern research and not previously engaged in ArcticNet are strongly encouraged to apply.


In addition to research excellence, successful projects must contribute to ArcticNet’s Integrated Regional Impact Studies (IRIS) framework and focus on knowledge mobilization, formulation of projections and the identification of strengths, vulnerabilities, risks and capacities to inform the development of policies and adaptation strategies. Geographically, ArcticNet includes the four maritime IRIS regions corresponding to the Inuit Nunangat, and now extends to a new fifth continental IRIS region that includes the Yukon, the continental NWT and the Kivalliq region of Nunavut (see map, right).

Northern and Indigenous Partners

The direct involvement of Northern and/or Indigenous partners in the co-design and conduct of the research to ensure comprehensive use of academic, northern and Indigenous expertise is strongly recommended. Projects taking place in the Inuit Nunangat must take into account the new National Inuit Strategy on Research. Communication with ArcticNet Inuit Research Advisors in proposed study region(s) is highly recommended. Further, applicants are encouraged to consult relevant resource documents such as the Territorial Premier’s ‘A Pan-Northern Approach to Science’, the Yukon Science Strategy, the Northwest Territories Knowledge Agenda, and the Nunavut Research Agenda. Finally, projects, especially those in health and socio-economic disciplines, should consider or examine historical and contemporary impacts of colonization and modernization in Northern communities as part of their research objectives.

The Canadian North in a Global Context

Research projects are encouraged which link to international circumpolar initiatives including international Indigenous organizations or contribute to global Northern policy development. ArcticNet focuses on issues facing the Canadian Arctic however many of these are global in origin and require international partners and perspective. Additionally, NCE university-level training should include global learning opportunities.


Researchers and organizations (including Colleges) requesting ArcticNet NCE funding must meet the eligibility requirements of the Tri-Council Agencies (NSERC, SSHRC, and CIHR). Research projects must be relevant to ArcticNet’s mandate, objectives and program, and meet the evaluation criteria established by ArcticNet and the NCE Program as stated in Appendix A of the ArcticNet Research Project Review Guidelines. Additionally, ArcticNet is committed to furthering equity, diversity and inclusion as part of its renewal. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the NCE Equity Statement including their online training courses and the NSERC Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Framework.

Funding Available

The expected budget for academic-led research program during Cycle III (2019-2024) is approximately $3.75 million per year. As a result of this Call, ArcticNet expects to fund between 25 to 35 research projects of up to 3 years duration, with annual budgets ranging from $30K to $150K depending on size of research team, project scope, and level of co-funding or support from partners.

Logistical Support Since 2004, ArcticNet has facilitated and coordinated access to the Arctic for its funded research teams. Researchers across disciplines benefited from collective support to access the Canadian research icebreaker CCGS Amundsen and aircraft operated by the Polar Continental Shelf Program and other agencies. If renewed, ArcticNet expects to continue to offset the costs of logistical support but at a reduced level.

Access to CCGS Amundsen will be maintained until at least 2022 via Amundsen Science Inc. thanks to the Major Science Initiative program of the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

ArcticNet funding for access to the CCGS Amundsen or for fieldwork aircraft support (excluding commercial jet/aircraft service to/from the North) should not be requested in LOI budgets.

Useful Links


CORIS Internal Review Please contact your Research Facilitator
Letter of Intent (LOI) June 5, 2018, 5 PM ET
cuResearch Checklist November 8, 2018
Submission to Sponsor November 15, 2018 (Full Grant Application)

Submitting Your Application

  • Applications must be submitted via cuResearch, through which Departmental and Associate Dean’s approval must be provided to complete the online application process.
  • More information on cuResearch can be found here.

Internal Contacts

If you would like assistance with proposal development and/or a substantive review of your proposal, please contact the appropriate Research Facilitator.