The Northern Contaminants Program (NCP) engages Northerners and scientists to research and monitor long-range contaminants in the Canadian Arctic. Long-range contaminants are transported to the Arctic through atmospheric and oceanic processes from other parts of the world. They remain in the Arctic environment and build up in the food chain. The call for proposals is announced in November of each year with results announced in late spring/early summer. The program funds about $4.1 million in research annually.
The 2016-2017 call for proposals for funding to research projects on contaminants in the Canadian Arctic between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017 is now open. The deadline to submit a proposal is 11:59 PM Eastern Time (ET) on January 12, 2016.
The 2016-2017 call for proposals is focused on high priority issues in communities where people are exposed to contaminant levels of concern to health authorities.
There are five subprograms of the Northern Contaminants Program:
- Human Health
- Environmental Monitoring and Research
- Community-Based Monitoring and Research
- Communications, Capacity and Outreach
- Program Coordination and Aboriginal Partnerships
These subprograms are designed to be complementary; therefore, projects that link two or more subprograms are encouraged.
The geographic focus of the Northern Contaminants Program is Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nunavik (Northern Quebec) and Nunatsiavut (Labrador).
Proposals for work outside these regions will be considered on a case-by-case basis according to their relevance to the five subprograms of the Northern Contaminants Program. Along with the proposal, applicants will also need to submit a detailed budget table of proposed costs.
For more information on the responsibilities of applicants and proposal requirements refer to the Northern Contaminants Program’s Call for Proposals 2016-2017.
(Source: Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada)