In 2010 the Nunavut Research Institute (NRI) received 11 million dollars through the Government of Canada’s Arctic Research Infrastructure Fund (ARIF) to replace and expand the NRI research facilities, greatly expanding the range and quality of services and support we can offer to researchers.

The new NRI research complex in Iqaluit consists of two state of the art buildings (each approximately 5000 square feet). One housing NRI’s administrative offices, research laboratory, meeting areas, and conference rooms. The adjoining building houses the classrooms, teachers’ offices, and teaching laboratories of Nunavut Arctic College’s Environmental Technology Program, along with the Institute’s new research library. Both buildings were specifically designed to meet the practical needs of researchers and incorporate innovative energy efficiency design features. Construction of the buildings was completed in December 2010, and the buildings were occupied in February 2011.


Logistics support services and resources available to licensed researchers at the NRI facilities in Iqaluit:

  • Accommodation and meals at Nunatta residence*
  • Telephone, fax, printing, copying*
  • Wireless internet access
  • Research work stations
  • Powerpoint projectors
  • Whisper interpretation kit (microphone and receivers)
  • Research library
  • Meeting rooms with presentation screens*
  • Shower and laundry facilities
  • Wet laboratory with chemical fume hoods*
  • Warehouse storage (heated) - short and long term*
  • ATV and snowmobile rental
  • Field gear and safety equipment (ice augers, -40C rated sleeping bags, winter boots and coats, tent, camp stoves, immersion suits, SPOT personal locator devices, GPS devices, satellite phones, etc.)

(* denotes services that are subject to user fees. Please consult the user fee table below for our current rates)

To book use of the facilities early contact NRI’s manager of research support services Rick Armstrong.

NRI staff can also provide a range of research advisory services to support research across the territory. Support includes

  • research regulatory advice (e.g. identification of permit requirements for field projects);
  • identification of research field support services (referrals for interpreters, field assistants, accommodation, etc);
  • organization of research presentations and outreach activities in Iqaluit;
  • advice on communication, training, and community engagement initiatives; and
  • support for research development, including proposal review, brokering partnerships, and identification of project funding sources.

For more information on fees contact:

Manager, Scientific Support Services
Nunavut Research Institute
Box 1720
Iqaluit, NU
Phone: 867-979-7280
Fax: 867-979-7109