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Research by the North, for the North, in the North

Evidence-informed decision-making requires high quality research, highly trained and professional experts, and a focus on what really matters in a region. In Arctic Canada, science needs to be led by northerners, based on northern knowledge and needs.


ArcticNet’s new North by North Program magnifies this urgent need to support northern research led by northern people.


Historically, research in Indigenous and northern regions has neglected the expertise, leadership and needs of communities in which some studies have taken place. Aligning with Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK)’s National Inuit Strategy on Research (NISR), the North by North Program advances Inuit governance in research, ensures Inuit inclusion and co-design, builds capacity through training and fellowships, and uses partnerships to strengthen the impact and effectiveness of Inuit Nunangat research for and led by Inuit.



Why North by North?

ArcticNet’s North by North programming addresses significant gaps in northern and Inuit participation in the research and innovation ecosystem.


North by North accomplishes this through 1) an Inuit-led program, known as the Inuit Nunangat Research Program (INRP) and 2) the Northern Research Leaders Program, which supports the appointment of research leaders at Yukon University, Aurora College and Nunavut Arctic College.


Inuit Nunangat Research Program (INRP):

  • Purpose: The Inuit-led, governed and directed program, works to fund Inuit-led research and knowledge holders to engage in studies that are relevant and prioritized for Inuit Nunangat.

  • Inuit-led research strengthens the ability for communities to address knowledge gaps that matter to them and to work with southern and academic researchers as peers and colleagues.


Northern Research Leaders Program (College-led program):

  • Purpose: The Northern Research Leaders Program focuses on building research capacity at the northern post-secondary institutions.

  • Access to accredited university education in northern regions provides opportunities for high-quality post-secondary education for Inuit students, and opportunities for northerners with PhDs to return home and develop new research programs for future generations.




The Inuit Nunangat Research Program (INRP) is seeking Inuit-led research via its first Call for Proposals. Up to $900k is available per year for two years.


The members and organizations of the Inuit Advisory Committee (IAC) invite all Inuit to submit research proposals in their preferred language and format. Inuit are eligible to submit their proposals as the project leaders without the need to partner with an academic researcher. 


The proposal form and guidance documents can be found on ITK's INRP webpage in various languages and formats. Applicants can submit proposals directly to this webpage or to


Applicants looking for support on their research questions should connect to their regional Inuit Research Advisor (IRA):

Region or Institution

Contact Name

Contact Email


Carla Pamak


Lucy Grey


Jean Allen

Inuvialuit Settlement Region

Kendra Tingmiak 


This program is supported in partnership between ArcticNet and ITK, made possible with the financial and administrative support of the University of Ottawa. Please direct any administrative and financial questions to ArcticNet via



Program Committees

The Inuit Nunangat Research Program is overseen by the Inuit Advisory Committee and the Northern Research Leaders Program is overseen by the Territorial Advisory Committee.



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