Using the CHARS Campus

The Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS) campus includes research labs, centres for technology development and knowledge sharing, and facilities for teaching, training and community engagement.

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Research Support

A limited supply of field equipment is available to researchers with appropriate training. Trucks and other vehicles can be rented from local businesses. Researchers must provide their own transportation to and from the airport.

Licensed guiding, wildlife monitoring services, and field technicians are available from local businesses and individuals. POLAR can assist researchers in obtaining these services.

Will your research take you to the CHARS campus in 2020?

Here is the Polar Knowledge Canada (POLAR) Research Support Request form to be submitted for any candidates wishing to work out of the CHARS campus. This support includes on-campus accommodations, access to all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), snowmobiles, small boats, fat bikes, sleds, and trailers, as well as support from our Operations Team field technicians.

Also below is the assessment criteria used to evaluate all Research Support Requests seeking approval.

Please fill out all applicable sections and submit it by the prescribed deadline at the top of the form.

Please note: the Research Support Request form must be filled out with Adobe Acrobat Reader DC (free), or Adobe Acrobat Pro DC.

Deadline dates

If you plan to conduct research at the CHARS campus…

  • …between March and October 2020, you need to submit your completed request by Wednesday October 23, 2019.
  • ...between July and October 2020*, you need to submit your completed request by Friday February 28, 2020.
  • This deadline is a second opportunity to submit a research support request form if you missed the Wednesday October 23, 2019 deadline.
  • *Applications received for this deadline will be assessed partly based on available resources. We strongly recommend submitting your application by the Wednesday October 23, 2019 deadline.
  • ...between November 2020 and February 2021, you need to submit your completed request by Friday August 28, 2020.

Click here for a PDF version of the upcoming deadline dates.

Contact ResearchSupport@polar.gc.ca for more information on how to apply.

Public Areas

There are a variety of meeting, conference and breakout rooms available in the Main Research Building (MRB) at the CHARS campus that may be reserved:

Space Descriptions Occupant Capacity Room Dimensions Resources
Meters Feet
Knowledge Sharing Centre 40 9.8 x 9.8 32 x 32 - Interactive white board
- Simultaneous interpretation equipment
Multi-use space 126 12 x 12.5 40 x 41 - Projector and large screen
- Microphones and speakers
- Simultaneous interpretation equipment
Interpretation room 5 4.5 x 3 15 x 10 - Simultaneous interpretation equipment
Interview room(s) 4 3 x 3.5 10 x 12 - Teleconferencing capabilities
Meeting room(s) 4-6 3 x 4 10 x 13 - Teleconferencing capabilities
- Interactive white board
Large boardroom 28 13.5 x 5 44 x 16 - Teleconferencing capabilities
- Videoconferencing capabilities
- Interactive white board
General computing
laboratory
22 7.5 x 8.5 25 x 28 - 18 computer stations
- Additional computing services

To request use of public areas at the CHARS campus, complete and submit a Use of Public Areas Request
Form: ENGLISH | FRENCH | INUKTITUT | INUINNAQTUN

For more information on how to request a space, please contact forms@polar-polaire.gc.ca.

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