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Call for Proposals: Northern Research Fund (NRF) 2018

Since the mid 1990s, the Churchill Northern Studies Centre has supported the work of researchers through our Northern Research Fund (NRF). The goal of the NRF program is to enhance field research conducted by scientists using the facilities and services of the Centre. All researchers and all disciplines are eligible to apply with priority given to new researchers and students.

The Churchill Northern Studies Centre is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the Northern Research Fund (NRF) for 2018. The application form and submission guidelines are available to download.

Application deadline: January 12, 2018

Objectives

The goal of the Northern Research Fund (NRF) is to enhance research conducted by researchers using the facilities and services of the Churchill Northern Studies Centre (CNSC). This year's NRF program will provide funding for research in the Churchill area. The fund is available to assist researchers in meeting the financial needs of projects that will lead to increased knowledge relevant to the people living in the North, particularly in the region around Churchill. Northern Research Fund support for 2015, available through the application process, is anticipated to consist of:

  • 250 user-days (CNSC accommodation and meals)
  • 100 vehicle-days (vehicle support from the CNSC fleet)
  • Additional support through a 2018 Special Call

Purpose

The goal of the Northern Research Fund (NRF) is to enhance research conducted by researchers using the facilities and services of the Churchill Northern Studies Centre (CNSC). The fund is available to assist researchers in meeting the financial needs of projects that will lead to increased knowledge relevant to the people living in the north, particularly in the region around Churchill.

Nature, Levels and Limits of Support

Values of in-kind services will be determined from the CNSC Fee Schedule. Total support to a project will not normally exceed, in dollar equivalent, other forms of income available to the researcher or project in that field season.

Eligibility

All researchers and all disciplines are eligible but no more than one application for the same project will be funded in the same year. The Committee will not consider more than one application per individual researcher per competition, but an individual may apply for two research grants when 1) the second project is collaborative, and 2) another individual is principal investigator of that project. All projects will be assessed equally but applications for projects concerned with topics outlined in CNSC's "Operational Mandate" are particularly welcomed.

All eligible applications will be assessed. The principal criterion used to determine the level of funding will be the stringency of the proposed research and its potential for the advancement of knowledge, particularly as it pertains to our understanding of life in the north. However, in an effort to effectively distribute limited funds, the following applications will be given priority to applications:

  • from first-time applicants
  • from or involving students
  • for projects where total NRF funding is a small part of the whole project budget. However, the allocation of cash to these projects will be considered carefully
  • from researchers who have disseminated the results of previous work through presentations and peer-reviewed publications
  • for projects to be conducted in the shoulder and off seasons (November 30 to April 30).
 

CNSC Building - Churchill Northern Studies Centre - Subarctic Research - Churchill Manitoba

The Application Process

Prior to commencing the application process, please review the detailed NRF 2018 Call. All applications must consist of the following:

  • a covering letter, addressed to the Scientific Coordinator at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre
  • a completed NRF application form, please also view a copy of the NRF Guidelines
  • a list of the permits required for the proposed research project and details regarding the status of any permit still pending. Photocopies of permits that have been obtained must sent to Scientific Coordinator before the application deadline.

Please review the NRF guideline document for full details for applying.

Please complete the NRF form and forward no later than January 12, 2018 to:
Email: research@churchillscience.ca

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. LeeAnn Fishback, Scientific Coordinator for assistance by:
Email: research@churchillscience.ca, or phone (204) 675-2307.

Consideration and recommendation of Northern Research Fund applications will be made by the CNSC Research & Education Committee with notification of awards anticipated by January 30th, 2017. All support will, at the time of the award, become immediately available for the 2018 fiscal year starting April 1, 2018.

Expense Reports can be found here

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