Arctic and Northern Challenge program

The NRC's Arctic and Northern Challenge program has launched a call for proposals in support of key themes connected to Arctic and Northern housing, health, food and water. Projects selected for funding under the program will improve the daily lives of Northerners through technology and innovation. Arctic and Northern peoples will participate in the design, governance, delivery and dissemination of applied research to address challenges they have identified through consultations.

Funding and support

The program is making available up to $5 million over 3 years to support projects under this funding call. The NRC expects to fund between 6 and 15 projects, requesting between $50,000 and $150,000 per year. Each project may receive up to 3 years in grant or contribution funding from the NRC for research, knowledge mobilization equipment and/or community engagement. Projects with a shorter duration will also be considered.

Research team eligibility

The criteria defining principal investigators (PIs), project administrators, co‑investigators and collaborators are found in the research funding terms and conditions (see Appendix B).

  • Each research team must be composed of a PI or project administrator eligible to receive funding (see section 6.2).
  • The PI or project administrator should be an Indigenous person or a representative from an Arctic or Northern organization or an Arctic and Northern community. If not, the project must include a funded partner who is Indigenous or a representative of an Indigenous organization or community.
  • Individuals identified as PIs can submit a maximum of 1 project to this call as a PI and be part of a maximum of 1 other project as a co‑investigator.
  • Research team members who are Indigenous, or a representative from an Arctic or Northern organization or an Arctic and Northern community, are not subject to maximum participation limits.
  • A Traditional Knowledge holder must be part of the research team.
  • The research team must include an NRC collaborator.
  • The research team may also include other collaborators.

Eligibility of research team members will be determined on the basis of the submitted information and documents and as assessed by the NRC.

Application process

To begin the application process, you must register for this opportunity by submitting your expression of interest.


  • LOI submission deadline: June 17, 2022
  • LOI notification: June 30, 2022
  • Full proposal submission deadline: October 21, 2022
  • Notification of final results: December 2, 2022
  • Earliest funding start: March 3, 2023





Upcoming Deadlines

June 17, 2023June 17, 2023 *
June 14, 2023 Jun. 14, 2023 June 14, 2023 16:00:00 June 14, 2023 16:00:00 America/Vancouver Application Deadline: Arctic and Northern Challenge program The NRC, under its Arctic and Northern Challenge program, is proud to launch a call for research proposals in support of key themes connected to housing, water, food and health care for Indigenous and Arctic and Northern peoples and communities. This call will provide up to $5 million over 3 years to eligible recipients. To apply, project teams should have a principal investigator or project administrator from Northern Canada and an NRC collaborator. Project teams must also have a Traditional Knowledge holder as a named member of the team. LOI submission deadline: June 17, 2022 .
* NOTE: This deadline is an estimate based on previous years, but a confirmed deadline has not yet been published. We will update the deadline when it has been confirmed.