Using the CHARS campus

Polar Knowledge Canada is now accepting requests for research support and use of public space at CHARS for 2022. Applicants are advised that all requests will be assessed alongside evolving public health advisories, travel restrictions, and health and safety precautions at CHARS in response to the COVID-19. POLAR will continue to monitor the public health guidance closely and will communicate directly with applicants throughout 2022 on the feasibility of their requests.

The Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS) 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 CHARS in 2022?

Here is the Polar Knowledge Canada (POLAR) Research Support Request form to be submitted for any candidates wishing to work out of CHARS. This support includes on-site 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.

POLAR is now providing an estimate of the in-kind support it provides through its research support program. The Research Support In-Kind Rate Sheet is used to estimate accommodation, operational, equipment and lab support provided to approved projects.

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 1 and June 30, 2022, you need to submit your completed request by Friday November 26, 2021.
  • ...between July 1 and October 31, 2022, you need to submit your completed request by Friday February 18, 2022.
  • ...between November 2022 and February 28, 2023, you need to submit your completed request by Friday August 26, 2022.

Contact 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
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

For more information on how to request a space, please contact

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