Research by Inuit, for Inuit
The Inuit Nunangat Research Program (INRP) is an Inuit-led component of North by North, a program operated by the ArcticNet Network of Centres of Excellence. In tandem with Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami’s implementation of the National Inuit Strategy on Research (NISR), the INRP advances Inuit self-determination in research by creating space for Inuit to design research projects, develop partnerships to build capacity and strengthen the impact and effectiveness of Inuit Nunangat research for Inuit.
The INRP has a budget of roughly $900,000 per year over the next four years. The program will consider funding arrangements from 1-2 years with an additional call for proposals as required.
The INRP is governed by Inuit through the Inuit Advisory Committee (IAC), with secretariat support provided jointly by Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and ArcticNet. Committee members represent the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Makivik Corporation, the Kativik Regional Government, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, the Nunatsiavut Government, and the Inuit Circumpolar Council-Canada.
The INRP was created to enhance research by Inuit for Inuit, build research capacity in our communities, address community concerns, and contribute to Inuit prosperity by providing Inuit with information, tools and resources that we need for good decision-making as well as to inform policies and programs that will help improve our livelihoods.
Enhance research by Inuit
Build research capacity
Address community concerns
Contribute to Inuit prosperity
The program is open to all Inuit communities and organizations.
The INRP will also recognize established relationships between southern researchers and Inuit communities, provided the project is co-led by Inuit and demonstrates ALL of the following:
- Ensuring Inuit are involved at every stage of the project;
- Proposal developed jointly with an Inuk partner or Inuit community;
- Appropriate plan in place to ensure continuous communication throughout the life of the project;
- Ensure capacity building among Inuit; and
- Funding is routed to the community partner rather than the southern researcher.
Send an email to [email protected], in the language of your choice, with the following information:
- The research question or subject of your research
- Location(s) of the fieldwork
- Approximate start and end date
- Who will do the research?
- How will you answer the research question?
- Community partners
Please let us know if you will require additional support in the development of your proposal if your research idea is approved.
If you prefer to express your ideas orally by phone, in the language of your choice, leave a phone message at this toll free number: 1-866-262-8181. Please provide your name, preferred method of contact (phone, email), and provide information on your research question or subject in your voice message.
Once the INRP has received your research idea it will be reviewed by the Members of the Inuit Advisory Committee they will then propose one of the following courses of action:
- Research idea accepted: Please develop full proposal (see proposal guidelines)
- Research idea supported: Additional information required
- Research idea declined: A research idea may be declined for several reasons. Examples include, the costs of completing the project may exceed the available funds, the research idea may already have been addressed by other researchers, or the project may be better suited for funding by a different agency. Members of the Committee will provide feedback on your idea as well as direct you to other potential sources of support.
Remember: If your research idea is accepted you may request assistance for the next step, development of a proposal. Proposals section coming soon.
For the best-possible experience filling out the INRP Proposal Form, download and install Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, and then use the application to edit the form.
When downloading the form, please be sure to save it to a location on your device where it will be easy-to-find at a later time, as opposed to opening the form in your web browser. After you’ve save the file to your device, open it with Adobe Acrobat and start editing it.
Once you have the INRP Proposal Form open in Adobe Acrobat, you can edit the form, save your changes, and close the document without losing your work. You can later re-open the document—or even email it to a collaborator, who can open it—and pick up where you left off. All fields you or a collaborator previously filled in will remain filled, provided the changes were saved.
The call for research ideas is now open. Applications to this first Call for Proposals are due by the end of the day on November 30, 2020.
If there is funding still available after this first call, we will open another call for research ideas in summer of 2021.
Funds for this program are very limited. The INRP has a budget of roughly $900,000 per year over the next four years. Funds will be spread out as equitably as possible throughout Inuit Nunangat. Projects with smaller budgets are encouraged to apply.
Program funding can go towards things like:
- Salaries and wages;
- Travel (COVID-19 may pose restrictions);
- Training and workshops;
- Professional fees (researchers, work space, etc.);
- Communication materials;
- Administration costs; and
- Office supplies;
- and equipment dedicated to project.
Questions and Answers
Have a question? Would like to talk to a researcher? We can help. We have connections to excellent researchers who may be able to help you with your research question, or help you develop your ideas in regards to health, wildlife, climate change, and more. Don’t hesitate to contact for any questions, big or small.