Canadian partners in INTERACT (International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic), Centre d'études Nordiques (Centre for Northern Studies, CEN) and Arctic Institute of North America (AINA), open a call for research grant proposals for European-based research groups to conduct research at two field stations operated by the partners.
The grants, each a maximum of 5000 €, include open access to station facilities and should be used for travel, daily or weekly accommodation rates at the station, and meals. The research should be conducted in 2014; both stations are open all year round.
Research groups where the group leader and majority of the group members are from EU Member State or Associated State, or from the Russian Federation, are eligible to apply the grant.
How to apply:
E-mail your research proposal (see attached instructions) and CV by December 15th, 2013, to Hannele Savela (hannele.savela (at) oulu.fi). The evaluation of proposals will be based on scientific merit, feasibility and appropriateness. The evaluation will be conducted by the INTERACT Transnational Access Board with consultation by CEN and AINA. The applicants will be notified about the grant decisions in January 2014.
Whapmagoostui-Kuujjuarapik Research Station:
Centre d'études nordiques (Centre for Northern Studies, CEN) offers one annual grant for research to be conducted in 2014 at the CEN Hudson Bay field station at Whapmagoostui-Kuujjuarapik. The station is located on the eastern shore of Hudson Bay at the maritime limit of James Bay. The station surroundings are defined by the terrestrial boundary between taiga and tundra. Discontinuous or scattered permafrost occurs throughout the region and is degrading rapidly. Current research conducted at the station include work on biodiversity and dynamics of northern aquatic ecosystems, impacts of thawing permafrost in the context of global warming, wetland paleoecology, restoration of vegetation in degraded sites, and research on mercury dynamics in relation to air, precipitation and snow.
Kluane Lake Research Station:
Arctic Institute of North America (AINA) at University of Calgary offers one annual grant for research to be conducted in 2014 at the Kluane Lake Research Station. The station is located near the Alaska Highway, 220 km northwest of Whitehorse, Yukon, on the south shore of Kluane Lake. The extreme elevation difference between Kluane Lake and the crest of the St. Elias Mountains establishes a strong gradient in environmental attributes and results in a remarkable diversity of research opportunities within a small geographical area. During its existence since 1961, the station has fostered research projects spanning the disciplines of glaciology, geomorphology, geology, biology, botany, zoology, hydrology, limnology, climatology, high-altitude physiology, anthropology and archaeology.
You can find the application instructions and detailed descriptions of the stations and their facilities from the INTERACT website at www.eu-interact.org/transnational-access/grants-to-canada/ and from the following contact persons:
CEN scientific coordinator Christine Barnard, Ph.D., christine.barnard(at)cen.ulaval.ca
AINA Executive Director Maribeth S. Murray, Ph.D., murraym(at)ucalgary.ca
INTERACT WP4 coordinator Hannele Savela, PhD, hannele.savela(at)oulu.fi