Nunavut Arctic College received 11 million dollars through the Government of Canada’s Arctic Research Infrastructure Fund (ARIF) in 2010 to replace the NRI's aging research facilities which has allowed us to greatly expand the range of applied scientific research and training opportunities that we can deliver to meet the needs of Nunavummiut.
The renewed NRI research facility in Iqaluit, which opened to the public in 2011, comprises two buildings (each approximately 5000 square feet) centrally located in the downtown core which comprise the College's Science Campus. One building houses the office spaces for NRI staff and research affiliates, a research laboratory with specialized analytical equipment, conference room, and work stations; the other houses the classrooms, teachers’ offices, and teaching laboratories of Nunavut Arctic College’s Environmental Technology Program, along with a research library. These unique facilities are multi-purpose, highly functional spaces which are utilized extensively throughout the year by visiting and resident researchers working on a broad range of studies in the biological, social, health, and natural sciences disciplines. They are also used regularly by College staff, faculty, and Academic partners to deliver hands-on applied scientific training and outreach activities which provide valuable research skills and experience to NAC students and to other Nunavummiut.
Some of the research logistics support services and resources available at the NRI facilities in Iqaluit include:
- Shared accommodation at Nunavut Arctic College's Iqaluit research townhouse (limited availability)
- Telephone, fax, printing, copying
- Wireless internet access
- Research work stations
- Whisper interpretation kit (microphone and receivers)
- Research library access
- Meeting room with presentation screens and projectors
- Shower and laundry facilities
- Wet laboratory with chemical fume hoods
NRI staff may also be able provide valuable advice and referrals to help plan scientific research, training, and knowledge mobilization efforts in Nunavut. Some of the ways we can help include:
- identifying the licensing and permit requirements and responsible research expectations for research field activities across all disicplines;
- offering advice on how to procuring local support services for research (interpreter/translators, field assistants, guides/outfitters, accommodation, etc.);
- support organizing outreach and training activities (e.g. public lectures) using the NRI facilities in Iqaluit;
- advice and assistance in engaging Nunavut Arctic College in collaborative research;
- information and referrals to assist research project development, including identifying potential research partners and recommending project funding sources.
For more information on fees contact:
Director, Innovation and Research
Nunavut Research Institute