Funding Guidelines

ReSDA Research Funding

Call for Proposals – now closed

Funding was available through the ReSDA network for research that addresses some of the priority areas that have been identified. Please check the potential projects List of Potential Projects (pdf)  for information on the research priorities and on how to apply.

Applicants were to discuss their project ideas with one of the theme coordinators before submitting a proposal.

Evaluation criteria for proposals included:

  1. Projects need to clearly show that the proposed research addresses the primary objective of the ReSDA project.
  2. Priority will be given to projects that are directly related to the research questions outlined in the ReSDA research proposal and/or those outlined in the gap analyses.
  3. Proposals should be developed in collaboration with regional/ community partners.
  4. Proposals should have a plan to quickly transfer research results so that they can be put to use by communities.

If you have any questions about the research proposals and funding please contact Chris Southcott ( or Valoree Walker (

ReSDA Research Priorities

Guidelines for Proposals

Research Reporting Requirements

There are three reports we need for each project:

  1. Short proposal of project –submitted as part of the application for funding. The first report is from the application for funding and includes details of your project. Please use the Research Subproject Application
  2. An interim progress report is required for all projects, and should include a description of initial research activities to date, initial findings, and comments on aspects of training and other milestones (2 to 3 pages in length). This is due at the end of each project year and outlines your progress on the project, including financial expenditures. In this report, please include:
    • Update on the work and timetable
    • The specific roles and responsibilities of students and research assistants, indicating the work they undertook so far and the skills they have learned
    • Any outputs you have created (conference papers, etc.)
    • Financial report – SSHRC Statement of Account (Form 300)
  1. Final report (including financial report) – at the end of your project or within three months of the end of the term of the award. A final report will contain a one-page executive summary in plain language for posting on the web site. The final report is due at the end of your project. In this report, please include:
    • Purpose and significance of the study; analysis and findings
    • The specific roles and responsibilities of students and research assistants, indicating the work they undertook, the skills they learned, and how this complemented their academic training.
    • Any outputs you have created
    • Final financial report – SSHRC Statement of Account (Form 300)
  1. The information that you submit in these reports will form the basis of the yearly reports that this network must submit to SSHRC on the progress of our grant. The partnership will involve contact with the ReSDA Coordinator and relevant Theme Coordinator(s) on a regular basis throughout the project to discuss research progress and any difficulties or challenges that may arise.
    • The project partnership shall submit for review all materials produced under the funding agreement prior to release to any other recipient.
    • The project partnership shall submit two hard copies of the final report (one for the ReSDA Network resources, one for the project file) and an electronic copy to be posted on the ReSDA website and for use by the ReSDA project.
    • The project partners/researchers will grant to the Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic initiative a nonexclusive, irrevocable, worldwide, fully paid and royalty-free licence to make, copy, translate, use, produce or further develop all materials for any purpose, except sale or licensing in commercial competition with the researcher.
    • The following must appear within the introductory pages preceding the body of the final research documents:
      This research was financially supported by the “Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic (ReSDA)” initiative which is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The opinions of the authors found herein do not necessarily reflect those of SSHRC or ReSDA.
    • The “Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic” name and logo, plus the SSHRC logos must be prominently displayed on the front page of the final report and on any dissemination materials following the research project.
    • The ReSDA Management Committee (RMC) reserves the right to evaluate the research report and request reasonable changes by the researchers prior to dissemination
    • Following approval by the RMC of the final research report, project partners are strongly encouraged to disseminate their findings as widely as possible.
    • Subsequent applications will only be considered if the required final or progress reports have been submitted by the established deadlines
    • Any publication based on the research conducted with funding from ReSDA must clearly state this source for support as per the normal SSHRC funding requirements.

NOTE:  If you are planning on doing research in the Yukon, Northwest Territories or Nunavut you require a research permit before doing any work. Details regarding these can be found in the links below

  1. Yukon –  Yukon Scientists and Explorers Licence applications available at the Department of Tourism and Culture  contact Jeff Hunston
  2. Northwest TerritoriesScientific Research Licence that is administered by the Aurora Research Institute, Scientific Services Office in Inuvik, NT  email:
  3. NunavutScientific Research Licence that is administered by the Nunavut Research Institute, Manager-Research Liaison in Iqaluit, NU  email: