Scientific Research Licence Application

Physical / Natural Sciences Research Application

The Nunavut Planning and Project Assessment Act (NUPPAA)  establishes the Nunavut Planning Commission (NPC) as the regulatory entry point for all physical and natural scineces research in Nunavut.  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 confirms to any applicable land use plans.  Upcon 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.

You must also apply for a physical/natural sciences research licence from NRI for your project.  To apply for your NRI research license: 1) please complete the summmary application form below; and 2) download, fill out, and submit the full physical/natural sciences application form . You may submit your license application to NRI while NPC is still reviewing your project proposal, however NRI will not be able to your scientific research licence application until the NPC and NIRB screening processes are complete.

Please be advised that the Manager of Research Liaison will not be able to process your research license application until you provide the completed application forms, translated project summary, project proposal, and maps.

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

Non-Technical Project Summary

A 500 word project summary, in English and Inuktitut, which provides following information:

  • Research objectives and rationale (why is the study needed);
  • Research questions the project will answer;
  • Where, when, and for how long will the field research be undertaken;
  • Methods that will be used to conduct fieldwork;
  • Potential impacts to the environment, wildlife, or people and how the impatcs will be avoided and mitigated;
  • How the data generated by the research will be stored and managed;
  • How Nunavut residents will be involved in the research;
  • How, when, and to whom the research results will be shared in Nunavut.


A technical project proposal description

This should be 3-5 pages in length and include the following information:


a) Objectives: Well-defined short-term and long-term objectives for the overall project

b) Rationale: Describe the rationale for the project. This should be a detailed section that clearly lays out the scientific basis for the proposed work.

c) Progress to Date: Describe the results of any work completed to date.  This section should also include information on any progress in the areas of capacity building, communications and/or the use of Indigenous knowledge

d) Methodology:  Describe project design, field research methodology, data analysis techniques, where and when the work will be carried out over the lifetime of the project.

e) Data management: Describe your data management plan, including where and when the data and metadata records will be stored

f) Research outputs: Describe the major research outputs to be generated through the project (academic theses, publications, presentations, reports, etc.)


**Note:  You may forward the project summary or technical project description already submitted to the NPC or to NIRB for your project provided the details above are included.

Upload your project 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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