Several research projects funded by Sentinel North involve sampling or northern work in terrestrial or marine environments. Funding already provided for those projects supports the cost of transporting passengers and equipment to the North, but significant additional costs for many projects may remain. In order to cover those additional costs, Sentinel North provides its researchers with a Fund to ease their access to northern research infrastructure.
One can make a request to the Fund at any time. However, applications are assessed twice a year. Applicants must consider the following evaluation dates in their planning :
- March 1st
- October 1st octobre
Applicants will be notified about the status of their application within 7 business days after the evaluation date.
- The applicant must be a researcher (i.e. principal or co-investigator) involved in a project funded by Sentinel North
- The support requested must be used to fund northern fieldwork as part of a research project funded by Sentinel North
- Charter of small twin otter or helicopter type aircraft1
- Costs for accommodation or use of the research stations of the Centre d’études nordiques (CEN) or other recognized land-based northern research infrastructure
- Costs for accommodation or use of the complement facilities if there is no recognized research infrastructure (e.g.: lodging in a hotel in a northern community where there is no recognized research station)
- User fees for the CCGS Amundsen Canadian Research Icebreaker2 or, when not available, for another oceanographic research platform
- Cost of renting or using equipment, including assigned staff to operate the equipment (e.g.: small motorized boat with an operator)
- Human resources not required for the operation of the equipment (e.g.: remuneration for a field assistant)
- Transport of personnel on commercial flights
- Transportation of goods on commercial flights
- Accommodation fees in a hotel where there is a recognized land-based northern research infrastructure3
- Living expenses (meals and lodging) related to participation in workshops, conferences or training in the North
- Cost of renting or using equipment related to holding workshops, conferences or training in the North (e.g. room rental)
Applications for financial support will be evaluated according to the following criteria :
- Justification of the need for financial support to do field work as part of the research project funded by Sentinel North
- Extent to which the request for financial support reflects the needs of the team directly involved in the application
- Eligibility of expenses to be covered with Sentinel North funding
- Financial package presented, i.e. funding requested to or awarded by other organizations (PCSP, CEN, granting agencies, partners, etc.) and which would be added to the Sentinel North funding for the achievement of works
- Completeness and clarity of the information provided
Note that the amount awarded for an application that meets the eligibility criteria depends on its evaluation and on the funding budget for a given year.
ACCESS TO NORTHERN INFRASTRUCTURE FUND
1 The Polar Continental Shelf Program (PCSP) has been providing essential support to northern researchers for more than 50 years on a competitive basis to access remote northern sampling sites. Some research centers such as the Centre d’études nordiques (CEN) also offer support to their researchers and collaborators to cover part of these costs. It is expected that all researchers and projects requiring access to an aircraft will file an application for PCSP support (to be filed in October annually) or CEN (if applicable). Funding for Sentinel North will then be used to supplement, in whole or in part, hours not funded by PCSP or other sources.
2 Sentinel North researchers or projects wishing to use the CCGS Amundsen and its equipment in connection with their work should contact Keith Lévesque, assistant director of Sentinel North. Applications for a given year will be consolidated in only one application that will be submitted to Amundsen Science each year on October 1st.
3 The Northern Science Training Program (NSTP) helps defray the travel and living costs of Canadian university students with an interest in northern studies who are conducting a thesis in the northern regions. The contact person for this program at Université Laval are Mrs. Christine Barnard, Scientific Coordinator, Centre d’études nordiques and Mr. Keith Lévesque, Assistant Director of Sentinel North.