NOW OPEN: Northern Contaminants Program

The Northern Contaminants Program (NCP) is now accepting funding proposals for 2013–2014.  Deadline: January 14, 2013.  Grants range from $25,000+

The overall objective of the Northern Contaminants Program (NCP) is to reduce and, where possible, eliminate contaminants from the Arctic environment while providing information to Northerners about contaminants in traditional/country foods to make informed decisions about their food use. The NCP is working towards achieving this objective through world-class scientific research and monitoring. This work is used to influence the development and implementation of international/global agreements to reduce and/or eliminate the production, use and release of contaminating substances into the environment. The results of this research and monitoring also form the basis for assessing risks to human health associated with contaminants in traditional/country foods. This information is used by national and regional health authorities to develop dietary advice to northerners, particularly those who are dependent on marine mammals and fish as an important part of their diets.

Proposals will be accepted on the following themes:

  • Human Health
  • Environmental Monitoring and Research
  • Community-Based Monitoring and Knowledge Integration
  • Communications, Capacity and Outreach
  • Regional/National/ International Coordination and Aboriginal Partnerships

The Northern Contaminants Program (NCP) co-ordinates Canada’s action on northern contaminants, including Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and mercury, both nationally and internationally. The NCP is a multidisciplinary initiative, funded by the Government of Canada, addressing health, science, and communications issues related to contaminants in Canada’s Arctic. It was established in 1991 through the Government of Canada’s Green Plan and Arctic Environmental Strategy (AES).

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