Arctic Logistics Requests
The Polar Continental Shelf Program (PCSP) has suspended logistics services for the remainder of the 2020 Arctic field season.
The PCSP facility in Resolute, Nunavut, remains closed until further notice.
A new application will be required for the 2021 field season. The planning and delivery of the operations for the 2021 field season will be conducted in accordance with the public health advisories and travel restrictions in place at that time.
The deadline for 2020 Arctic logistics requests has now passed.
Please contact the PCSP if you have questions regarding the logistics request process or our support for specific Arctic programs and partners.
Who can apply
PCSP Arctic field logistics planning and coordination are available to:
- Researchers from Canadian government, university, northern, and independent research organizations conducting scientific field work in Canada’s North.
- International research organizations and private research institutions, subject to feasibility and overall demand for PCSP logistics coordination
- Federal government operational projects in Canada’s North
- Participants in activities of the Department of National Defence’s Canadian Armed Forces Arctic Training Centre
Applying to the PCSP
Before completing an Arctic logistics request, you should plan your field work, including your logistics support requirements. The Arctic logistics request will ask you to provide details about your requirements for charter aircraft, fuel, field equipment and accommodations at the PCSP Arctic logistics hub in Resolute. You will also be asked for information about your field camp location(s), field party, planned use and load details for each aircraft request and specific pieces of field equipment required. The PCSP also requests a project description, health and safety plan, and information to conduct an environmental assessment pre-screening. This information assists the PCSP in assessing its ability to provide logistics support.
The PCSP can offer planning, coordination and delivery of the following Arctic logistics:
- Charter air transportation to and from remote field camps throughout Canada’s North
- Field equipment for loan (including cold-weather clothing and communications equipment)
- Fuel for aircraft, field equipment and camps
- Meals, accommodations and working space (including a multi-purpose laboratory) at the PCSP facility (Arctic logistics hub) in Resolute, Nunavut (open from February to September)
- Scientific licensing and permitting advice
- Advice and coordination for shipping and receiving (including sealift and dangerous goods)
- A communications network that links the PCSP with the research teams in field camps dispersed throughout the Arctic
Although the PCSP may be able to provide advice and assist with providing contacts, the PCSP does not supply (e.g., arrange, procure, provide) the following field program components, which may also be considered logistics:
- commercial flights, accommodations or vehicle/equipment rentals
- food and personnel for field camps
- training of field party members and personnel
- wildlife monitoring services
- community liaison
- required licences, permits or environmental assessments
- scientific fieldwork planning
- site clean-up and environmental remediation, including fuel drum removal
- project endorsement
Assistance for Canadian researchers
The PCSP provides its advice, coordination and planning, free of charge, to eligible projects but recovers from clients the direct expenditures made on behalf of each project (e.g., for one hour of flying billed to the PCSP, one hour of flying will be recovered from the client).
The PCSP can, at times, defray a portion of the eligible logistics expenditures for projects (often referred to as “direct, in-kind support”). Only researchers conducting science projects from Canadian universities or federal or territorial government departments may request direct, in-kind support for their project. Arctic logistics requests that are received outside of the October application period are not eligible for direct, in-kind support.
Polar Knowledge Canada’s Science and Technology Program (POLAR S&T Program)
PCSP provides logistics coordination for projects supported by Polar Knowledge Canada’s Science and Technology Program (POLAR S&T Program). Projects receiving funding through the POLAR S&T Program must self-identify on the application that they are part of this program and are not eligible for direct, in-kind support from the PCSP. All logistics provided will be on a recoverable basis. Field logistics expenditures should be included in the application to the POLAR S&T Program. If a principal investigator is applying for projects other than the one associated with the POLAR S&T Program, they must submit a separate application to the PCSP for each project.
Traditional Knowledge Program
To contribute to the preservation of the rich repository of traditional knowledge of Arctic Peoples, applicants with research projects focused on traditional knowledge are encouraged to apply for the Traditional Knowledge Program.
Canadian Arctic-Antarctic Exchange Program
The Canadian Arctic-Antarctic Exchange Program encourages collaboration among Canadian Arctic and non-Canadian, Antarctic scientists wishing to undertake joint studies in both polar regions. Canadian scientists wishing to “sponsor” Antarctic partners are invited to apply to this program.
Please contact the PCSP for further information about these programs.
The Arctic logistics request submission deadline is in late October each year for field work in the following calendar year. The PCSP assesses the feasibility of all projects. Feasibility is dependent on the distribution and timing of requested logistics, the availability of aircraft or field equipment, the flexibility of the project, the reasonableness of the requested logistics and costs to the PCSP (both human resources and financial) to deliver the requested logistics.
Please note that the PCSP Project Review Committee reviews all Arctic logistics requests from university applicants, following the Project Review Committee Scoring Guide. For more information on the prioritization process for other organizations, please contact the PCSP.
Once a project is fully planned and coordinated and the project’s principal investigator has provided their intent to proceed, the PCSP sends a formal project agreement, typically in February or March. This document confirms all planned logistics, provides estimated costs and includes the PCSP’s Terms and Conditions associated with PCSP support.
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