Scientific research licence application

Land and Water Research Application


The Nunavut Planning and Project Assessment Act (NUPPAA) which came into force in late 2015 has made the Nunavut Planning Commission (NPC) the single entry point for all land and water based research in Nunavut.  This means that if you are a researcher who needs an NRI Scientific Research Licence to conduct land and water based 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 the project proposal and, within 45 working days, determine whether your proposed research confirms to established land use plans (if applicable), and whether your research will require screening by the Nunavut Impact Review Board.

You may apply for the NRI research licence application while the NPC is still reviewing your project proposal, but NRI will only be able to begin processing your scientific research licence application after the NPC's determination is complete.

Please be advised that your application will not be processed until the application form, project summary project proposal, participant consent forms and ethical review are received by NRI.

All documents should be uploaded in the following formats: MS Word, Adobe PDF or jpeg.
Please read all requirements for documentation in the application form before attaching.

Section 1: Application information
Section 2: Project proposal description

Please attach a non-technical description of the project proposal, no more than 500 words, in English and Inuktitut (+Inuinnaqtun, if in the Kitikmeot). The project description should outline the following:

  • Project Title
  • Researcher’s Name and Affiliation
  • Project Location
  • Timeframe
  • Project Description
    • purpose
    • goals & objectives
    • method of transportation
    • any structures that will be erected (permanent / temporary)
    • restoration / abandonment plans
  • Methodology
    • collection protocol
    • collection mechanisms
    • indicate why specific communities or individuals were selected for your research
  • Data
    • short term & long term use of data
    • other uses of data
  • Reporting
    • How will the research results be communicated to the individual participants, communities, regional and Nunavut organizations?
    • Will the research result in a publication?
Non-technical description
You can upload up to 3 files.
Section 4: Community involvement & regional benefits
List the community representatives that have been contacted and provide the minutes of the meetings if available
Describe and attach documentation regarding community support or concerns for the proposed project?
You can upload up to 3 files.

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