NMRWB Research Project Application Guidelines and Procedure

 

It is the NMRWB’s mandate to oversee the management and regulation of wildlife and matters pertaining thereto in the Nunavik Marine Region (NMR). Research, including both western science and Inuit Traditional Knowledge (ITK), plays an integral role in assisting the NMRWB in its wildlife management role. Consequently, article 5.2.7.2 lays the groundwork for the creation of a fund that will be used to finance research activities within the NMR that respond to deficiencies in current knowledge. In doing so, the NMRWB can ensure continued harvesting of wildlife by the Nunavik Inuit that will meet their basic personal needs.

Until the NMRWB has an official system in place, the following is the overall framework for researchers to submit research project applications to the NMRWB. The outlined procedure applies funding requests for research projects to be conducted in the Nunavik Marine Region. This framework aims to better integrate the NMRWB’s research mandate (S.5.2.7.1 to 5.2.8) into the Board’s operational and financial activities.

The standard application form is available for researchers to download at any time of the year at the following links:

- NMRWB Research Proposal Form 2014 (English version)

- Formulaire de proposition de recherche du CGRFRMN 2014 (French version)

However, in order to coordinate Research Fund decisions with the current fiscal calendar, applicants seeking financial support must submit their funding requests before February 16th, 2014 (exceptions may be possible under special circumstances, subject to Board approval).

Funding requests can only be approved for research proposed by the Government of Canada or the Nunavut Government, as per Sheet #5(2)-2 of the NILCA Implementation Plan. All applications should be submitted electronically (to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), by fax (819-254-8816) or by mail (P.O. Box 433, Inukjuak (QC) J0M 1M0). Electronic submissions are preferred. Receipt of all proposals will be acknowledged.

The NMRWB would normally begin its standard review process based on a list of research priorities. However, the formulation of those priorities, based on input from the LNUKs, RNUK and other interested parties has yet to be completed. Considering this, research proposals received in 2014 will be evaluated by the Board in the absence of official research and management priorities. The evaluations will be made by the Board members and staff, and any available funding may be directed towards those projects that the NMRWB feels respond most closely to its research needs. Projects that aim to integrate ITK and science are preferred, as are proposals which include multiple sources of funding, and encourage multi-organizational collaboration.

The NMRWB reserves the right to approve or reject any proposal. Decisions will be made through a resolution adopted at the NMRWB’s next scheduled regular Board meeting.

Once a decision is rendered, a copy of the NMRWB resolution and accompanying letter will be sent to the researcher. Reporting requirements and other responsibilities of the proponent will be detailed in the funding agreement and/or approval-resolution for each project. Final reports from funded projects should be submitted no later than March 1st of the fiscal year in which the project took place in order to allow the NMRWB enough time to incorporate the project’s outcomes into its annual activity report. This requirement can be adapted for multi-year projects.