Polar Knowledge Canada - Call for Funding Applications: 2020-2023


Polar Knowledge Canada (POLAR)


Northern Science and Technology (NST) and Polar Knowledge Application (PKA) Programs

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Call for Funding Applications: 2020-2023


Polar Knowledge Canada (POLAR) is launching its Call for Funding Applications: 2020 to 2023 in support of key themes under its Northern Science and Technology (NST) and Polar Knowledge Application (PKA) Programs.

The Northern Science and Technology (NST) Program aims to anchor a strong research presence in Canada’s Arctic. This program will create an environment in which both Indigenous and local knowledge and science contribute to addressing challenges in the Arctic.

The Polar Knowledge Application (PKA) Program aims to promote and further strengthen science and technology nationally and internationally and build science capacity through training, outreach, increased knowledge sharing and learning opportunities. The program aims to enhance and build awareness of the polar regions across Canada through fostering collaborations with other organizations to promote Canadian northern science and technology and advance the next generation of researchers and highly qualified personnel.

To be considered for either program, projects must pertain to Canada's North and must address at least one of the themes under the Northern Science and Technology (NST) or the Polar Knowledge Application (PKA) Programs, as described in the attached Guidelines and Information PDF.


All projects must include a partnership with a northern-based or Indigenous organization, except where the project applicant is itself a northern-based or Indigenous organization.

Letters of support are required from all active partners and they must describe their role as well as the level, duration, and type of support (financial and/or non-financial) planned for the project.

The following Canadian organizations are eligible to submit an application:

  • Educational and academic institutions;
  • Provincial, territorial, regional and municipal governments;
  • Indigenous organizations;
  • Northern communities;
  • Not-for-profit and non-governmental organizations; and
  • For-profit organizations.

Note: Federal government departments/agencies and international organizations are not eligible for funding, but may participate in the project as a partner.

Maximum Project Value

The maximum amount of funding considered per project is $150,000 per year for up to three years. The total request for funding for each project cannot exceed $450,000.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

Successful projects are to start no earlier than April 1, 2020. Projects can span for a period of one to three years. All projects must have an end date of March 31, 2023 at the latest.

Special Notes

Projects must be supported by other sources of funding that contribute to the direct costs of the project. This support can be in the form of financial or in-kind* (non-financial) contributions and can come from project partner(s), other funding sources or the organization applying for funding.

* In-kind contributions are non-monetary goods or services (resources) provided to the project by sources other than POLAR, which, if not donated, would have to be spent with project funds. Donations of money are categorized as financial contributions, and not as in-kind.

Please see section 4.2 of the Guidelines and Information PDF for specific requirements for Other Sources of Funding, based on which program an applicant is applying to, and the level of funding requested. 


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

Please submit a copy of the drafted application, including Appendix A (Workplan) and Appendix B (Detailed Budget), and a completed OR-5 to research.services@uoguelph.ca.

External Deadline

Lead Applicant must submit a completed application through SurveyMonkey.

Note: All applicants will be notified of the Initial Screening Results on June 30, 2019. Projects that meet all mandatory requirements will move to the next level of the assessment process. Notifications to successful and unsuccessful applicants will occur in November, 2019. Negotiations of funding agreements to be completed by March 24, 2020.

How to Apply

To complete and submit an application, a SurveyMonkey account is required. New users must Register.  Existing users can Log In.

If you experience any difficulties, please contact grants-contributions@polar.gc.ca.

Information For Co-applicants

If you need to meet a deadline set by the lead institution for this opportunity, please ensure that you provide the Office of Research with at least five days in advance of the lead institution’s deadline to review the application, or your proposed component of the project. Please be in touch with the Office of Research (contact information below) ahead of the deadline if it looks like it will be difficult for you to submit all the required documentation on time (i.e. budget, proposal, OR-5 Form).


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For Questions, please contact

Polar Knowledge Canada
Email: grants-contributions@polar.gc.ca. Please include “Polar Knowledge Canada – Call for Funding Applications 2020-2023” in the email subject line.
Telephone: 613-996-0374 to leave a message. All messages will be returned within two business days.

Office of Research

Amy Bossaer, Senior Grants and Contracts Specialist
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x58613

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