Food Security Research Grant

Supports Indigenous-led research on food access inequality and cost of living in the north.

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About the grant

The Food Security Research Grant will support Indigenous-led projects addressing food security and food access inequality in communities eligible under the Nutrition North Canada (NNC) program.

The grant supports research that will address critical data gaps and increase the evidence base with respect to food access inequality, the dynamics of existing federal food access programs and food insecurity among Indigenous Peoples living in isolated communities.

Indigenous partnership, ownership of information, knowledge transfer, capacity building and the guiding insights from traditional knowledge systems are an integral part of the design of the research grant. All research funded under the grant must either be directed by Indigenous stakeholders or conducted with clear partnerships between academics and Indigenous communities.

The first phase of the grant will run from 2022 to 2024 and will invest $1.5 million to generate new knowledge on the impact of the NNC retail subsidy on food security among Indigenous Peoples in isolated communities, and to inform improvements to the subsidy to support equitable access to store-bought food. Phase 1 will support research in the following research areas:

Proposals submitted under the first phase of the grant must demonstrate how the research, situated within an Indigenous or Northern context, will:

Proposals must be supported by subject-matter expertise in demographics, sociology, economics or statistics.

Funding and support

Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC) has a total of $1.5 million to support projects until March 31, 2024. The grant will support up to 100% of a recipient's total project costs and can provide a maximum of $250,000 per project. Stacking of funding (such as total government support for a project) cannot exceed 100% of project costs. CIRNAC will strive for an equitable allocation of funding that takes into account the diversity of Indigenous peoples (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) and geography of the communities served by NNC.

Who is eligible to apply?

Eligible applicants for the grant must meet one or more of the following criteria:

Additional information on community eligibility and a list of eligible communities.

Key dates

Funding will be released in late March or early April 2023.

How to apply

If you are interested in receiving more information and learning about next steps on how to apply for Nutrition North Canada's Food Security Research Grant, please contact the program for more information at by September 23, 2022.

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