The purpose of this fund is to help researchers at UArctic member institutions (in both the North and South) establish new relationships or strengthen existing ones in order to develop collaborative, co- created research projects based on mutual respect and acknowledgment of the deep understanding and knowledge Indigenous and Northern people bring to such projects while ensuring that the academic research and engagement projects meet the needs of the people and the regions where such research takes place. The North to North and North to South relationship-building projects are both eligible and encouraged.
Applications must be completed and submitted through Memorial University’s Public Engagement application portal.
Who Can Apply
UArctic and Memorial University encourage engagement between Northern Canadian UArctic member institutions, other Canadian members, and other UArctic member institutions for collaborative, co-created research and education initiatives. The lead applicant must be based at a Canadian Arctic/Northern UArctic member institution. A complete and updated list of member institutions can be found on the UArctic website. We encourage researchers from the institutions based
in the North and the South to apply and particularly welcome Indigenous researchers and scholars.
How You Can Use This Fund
We envision this fund as a catalyst for building better and deeper relationships with Northern and Indigenous groups and communities. For example, a seasoned scholar with years of research experience in the North may want to use this fund to help a new graduate student establish their own relationships that will help them develop a collaborative research program with Northern and Indigenous partners; an emerging Indigenous scholar in the North may use this fund to expand their relationships and partnerships with Northern and Indigenous communities to better understand their needs and desires; experienced researchers may use this funding to deepen their Northern and Indigenous relationships and expand networks through knowledge sharing activities. The only limit to activities is your imagination. Building relationships is necessary and challenging work, but it can and also should be fun.
Amount of Funding
The funding is targeted to support relationship-building projects in Arctic and Northern regions. Projects may be funded with a maximum total of $15,000. Funding cannot be applied retroactively for activities already carried out.
Duration of Projects
Projects can have a maximum duration of one year within the timeframe June 1, 2023 to May 31, 2024.
- The application should have a minimum of two UArctic members, with a project lead from a Canadian member (there is no limit to the maximum number of partners).
- The application has to clearly establish how the proposed activities will strengthen existing or build new relationships between researchers based at academic institutions and Northern and Indigenous people and communities, and how it might lead to new research and learning opportunities.
- The applications must have a local Indigenous and/or community partner clearly supporting this initial/exploratory Such support must be documented clearly and unambiguously, through a letter of support for the application or some other appropriate indication of
willingness to engage with the applicant(s) (for example, correspondence, or an email exchange).
- The application must also demonstrate how proposed activities will strengthen relationships among UArctic members.
- The applicants must outline how they plan to share their experience with other UArctic members in order to reiterate the importance of the role of Indigenous and Northern communities as equal partners in research development and co-creation process. This applies to researchers at academic institutions based in both the North and the South, with the understanding that their experiences may differ significantly depending on how connected and embedded they are in the circumpolar region.
The Application portal will require you to enter the following information:
- Personal details
- A project plan
- The purpose and overall goal of the project
- Description of the project activities
- Description of how the project will help the applicant strengthen and develop relationships with Indigenous and/or Northern communities and partners.
- Description of how the project will help the applicant strengthen and develop relationships with other UArctic member institutions.
- Description of how the applicant plans to reflect and share the project experience with other UArctic members and their Northern and Indigenous partners.
- A detailed budget including any funding from other sources
- The applying institution must provide an endorsement letter from the appropriate leadership level
- A letter of support or another form of clear indication from an Indigenous and/or Northern community or group indicating their willingness to engage in a relationship-building process that may lead to future research, teaching or engagement opportunities.
Recognizing that different partners and Indigenous groups may have different requirements and preferences on how they would like to explore potential relationships with academic researchers, the fund will allow for a broad interpretation of eligible costs on part of the evaluation committee. In general, the fund can cover:
- Meetings and workshop expenses (e.g. venue, meals, accommodation and travel of the participants);
- Fees or payments and per diems. Please note that you cannot cover the permanent salaries for scientific/academic or technical/administrative staff;
- Costs for online conference platforms and tools;
- Honoraria to artists, performers or knowledge holders in keeping with established rates (CARFAC or other appropriate sanctioned body);
- Applicants should document funding of at least 25% of the total budget from in-kind and or other sources.
An evaluation committee comprised of academic and non-academic members will evaluate submissions and make the final funding decisions. Evaluation will focus on:
- The project's relevance to the North as expressed through the six UArctic values and Canada’s Arctic and Northern Policy.
- How the project contributes to circumpolar cooperation, its inclusiveness and openness and diversity of partners and is relevant to Northern communities and peoples.
- Excellence and feasibility of the proposed activities.
- Project management (knowledge mobilization plan, internal and external risk management, sustainability plans for the activity, long-term impacts and internal evaluation).
- The budget must reflect project activities in a realistic manner.
UArctic and Memorial University expect that all research projects are conducted with research integrity and where applicable follow indigenization strategies.
Applications must be completed and submitted through Memorial University’s Public Engagement application portal by February 24, 2023, 23:59 (CEST). Applications received after the deadline or incomplete applications will not be evaluated.
The funding decisions will be made by March 31, 2023, and grants must be accepted by successful candidates by June 1, 2023.
The project grants will be managed and administered by Memorial University’s Harris Centre on behalf of UArctic and in accordance with the terms of a Global Arctic Leadership agreement with Global Affairs, Canada.