If you plan to conduct physical or natural sciences research in Nunavut, you must first submit a project proposal to the Nunavut Planning Commission, via the NPC's Project Portal (Note: the portal is compatible with Internet Explorer and Microsoft edge).
The NPC will review your project proposal and determine whether your proposed research conforms to any applicable land use plans.
Upon completion of their review (which may take up to 45 business days), the NPC will refer your proposal to the Nunavut Impact Review Board for screening (which may take up to another 45 business days.
In addition to submitting your project proposal to NPC you must also apply for a physical/natural sciences research license from the NRI. To expedite the licensing process, you are encouraged to apply for your NRI research license while your project proposal is still under review by the NPC and/or NIRB. Please note however, the NPC and NIRB screening processes must be completed before the NRI may issue your scientific research license.
There are two ways to apply for a scientific research license to conduct physical and natural sciences research in Nunavut.
Complete the physical and natural sciences research application form below and submit it along with all necessary attachments. *The application form must be completed in one session; it cannot be saved and completed later.
To help you efficiently complete the online application efficiently in one session we recommend that you first download and prefill the appropriate MS license application template for physical and natural sciences research
Fields in the template match those in the online form so you can simply cut and paste prefilled text into the online form. You will receive a response from NRI to confirm receipt of your application.
You may download and fill out the appropriate MS Word license application template for physical and natural sciences research. Please submit your completed application template along with all necessary attachments to NRI's Manager of Research Licensing, Mosha Cote: firstname.lastname@example.org
# If you applying to renew a research license for a project that was previously screened by NIRB please describe below any proposed changes to the project scope.
Examples of changes in your project scope include:
Period of field research in current year
If the project proposal includes a camp, please provide the coordinates of the camp location
Please attach a non-technical description of the project proposal, no more than 500 words, in English and Inuktitut (+Inuinnaqtun, if in the Kitikmeot). You may use the non-technical description already submitted to NIRB for your NIRB screening application. The project description should outline the following:
Please attach a technical project proposal description including the following information:
3. In addition to the application form, please check that the following have been submitted to NIRI:
P.O. Box 1720 Iqaluit, NU, X0A 0H0 • PHONE: 867-979-7279 • FAX: 867-979-7109 • email email@example.com