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Research Grant Awards in the field of impacts and adaptation to climate change in the Canadian Prairie Provinces (up to $25,000)

The Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative (PARC) invites applications to undertake research related to climate change impacts and adaptation in the Prairie Provinces. PARC facilitates research on the impacts of climate change on natural and social systems in the Prairie Provinces and on the human adaptation strategies that will be necessary to minimize the adverse impacts or take advantage of the positive effects of climate change. PARC is also mandated to increase the number of highly qualified personnel in the emerging field of climate change impacts and adaptation.
Climate change impacts and adaptation research is typically multi-disciplinary, and the research proposal may involve collaboration across disciplines or between the private and public sectors. PARC encourages applications for proposed research that bridge disciplines.

The proposed research activities must relate to research in climate change impacts and adaptation (see below) in the Prairie Provinces. There are no restrictions on who may apply. Institutions may apply as well as individuals. However, evidence of a successful research record, or evidence that the proponent is capable of completing scientifically sound research, increases an application’s chance of success. If the research is co-funded by others, that is also considered positively. The proposed research must also be potentially publishable as a PARC “Summary Document” – please visit the Summary Document section for examples.

What exactly is “adaptation to climate change”?
For the purposes of these awards, adaptation can be understood to mean changes in human behaviour to cope with or take advantage of a changing climate. PARC wishes to improve our ability to adapt consciously and advantageously to climate change via the generation of adaptation options. PARC will not fund research that is primarily focused on climate change science and natural systems, but not on human adaptation to climate change. For example, a project that researched the adaptation of reptiles to climate change would not be funded. A project that researched possible management responses to reptilian population decline owing to current or projected climate change impacts could be funded. A project that researched the purely physical impacts of climate change on stream and river flows would not be funded. A project that substantively included the implications for agriculture, hydropower generation, or nature conservation, could be funded. In other words, PARC wishes to support research that is likely to generate management implications and options to deal with climate change.

How do you apply?
To be considered for this award, submit the following to PARC (see address and email below). Either hardcopy or email applications are acceptable. Please note that only complete applications will be reviewed:

• a statement (12-point font, double-spaced) describing your proposed research, its objectives and methodology, its importance, and how your research meets the objectives of the award. You should include a budget indicating how the research project will be financed, and how PARC’s contribution would be employed. You should also include deliverables and a timeline for the deliverables.

• a resume of the principal researcher

The awards adjudication process is ongoing; applications are evaluated as they are received and there is no closing date for applications.

Key Evaluation Criteria
Applicants will be judged on the quality of their research proposal, on the probability it can be completed within a reasonable time frame, and on the likely relevance of their proposed research to practical climate change adaptation within the Prairie Provinces. The research record of the applicant or institution will also be taken into account, and whether co-funding is secured or available.

Notification of decision
Award winners will be notified as soon as possible.

Contact Information
Please address applications and enquiries to:

Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative
Research Grants Program
Suite 120, 2 Research Drive
Regina, Saskatchewan
S4S 7H9

Telephone: (306) 337-2300

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