What is IARPC Collaborations?

IARPC Collaborations is the structure created by the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) to implement its 5-Year Research Plan.  The structure is organized around 12 topical Collaboration Teams.  The Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC), which consists of principals from 16 agencies, departments, and offices across the Federal government, is charged with enhancing both the scientific monitoring of and research on local, regional, and global environmental issues in the Arctic.  In order to meet the Nation's economic, scientific, and environmental needs, IARPC envisions a prosperous, sustainable and healthy Arctic understood through research coordinated among Federal agencies and domestic and international collaborators.  More information about IARPC can be found on IARPC page at the National Science and Technology Council website and through our charter.

IAPRC has established Collaboration Teams to carry out the activities described in the 5-year plan. Many of those activities involve establishing and enhancing inter-institutional and interdisciplinary conversations. Harnessing this diverse talent requires broad participation and, therefore, all meetings, unless otherwise noted, are open to the public. When necessary, Collaboration Team chairs may call federal-only meetings for the development of funding solicitations (pre-decisional discussions). These meetings will not be publicly announced.

IARPC's 5-Year Research Plan

In February 2013, the Executive Office of the President released the Arctic Research Plan; FY2013-2017. The IARPC 5-year plan intentionally builds on the strong intellectual accomplishments and ideas of the research community at the Federal, State, local, and tribal levels as well as inclusion of ideas from the academic community, non-governmental organizations, and industry. 


The Arctic Research and Policy Act of 1984 (ARPA), Public Law 98-373, July 31, 1984, as amended by Public Law 101-609, November 16, 1990, provides for a comprehensive national policy dealing with national research needs and objectives in the Arctic. The ARPA establishes an Arctic Research Commission (ARC) and an Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) to help implement the Act. IARPC was formally created by Executive Order 12501. Its activities have been coordinated by the National Science Foundation (NSF), with the Director of the NSF as chair.

A July 2010 Presidential memo established the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee as an Interagency Working Group of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Sustainability (CENRS). The IARPC operates under the guidelines established by the NSTC for an IWG and reports directly to the CENRS.

Relevant References

Our reference library is growing! Do you have a seminal document on Arctic research that should be included? Email Jessica Rohde, the IARPC Web Manager.

Get involved

IARPC Collaborations contains a member space where scientists and others from Federal, State, academic, non governmental, industry, and other organizations collaborate to share knowledge and resources to accelerate the progress of Arctic research. Please request an account if you can contribute to our efforts!

Learn More About IARPC in this Introductory Presentation

IARPC Secretariat

Executive Director: Martin Jeffries
Executive Secretary: Sara Bowden
Web Manager/Communication Officer: Jessica Rohde
Project Analyst: Meredith LaValley

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Please direct website questions to Jessica Rohde, Web Manager, at jrohde@arcus.org.