About IARPC and IARPC Collaborations

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What is IARPC Collaborations?

The Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee created IARPC Collaborations to connect Federal government and non-Federal government researchers and other stakeholders, including those overseas, to work together to solve the hard problems laid out in its 5-year Research Plan. Open to anyone who can contribute, IARPC Collaborations has realized an unprecedented degree of interagency communication, coordination and collaboration that has advanced Arctic science. Our member space includes the participation of over 1500 members of the Arctic research community, including those from State, academic, non-governmental, industry, indigenous, and international organizations. Our nine Collaboration Teams meet approximately monthly via teleconference to advance research priorities.

Graphic of the organizational structure of Arctic Research Plan 2017-2021, including the intersection of Policy Drivers (gray arrows) with Research Goals (colored wedges) through Research Objectives (gray check symbols).

IARPC's 5-Year Research Plan

In December 2016, the Executive Office of the President released the Arctic Research Plan FY 2017-2021 (the "Plan"). This policy driven 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. Learn more in the Fact Sheet for Arctic Research Plan 2017-2021

What is IARPC?

The Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC), which consists of principals from 16 agencies, departments, and offices across the U.S. Federal government, is charged with enhancing both the scientific monitoring of and research on local, regional, and global environmental issues in the Arctic.

The Arctic Research and Policy Act of 1984 (ARPA) (PDF - 33 KB), 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 (USARC) 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, National Resources and Sustainability (CENRS); renamed the Committee on Environment (COE) in 2018. The IARPC operates under the guidelines established by the NSTC for an interagency working group and reports directly to the COE.

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.  


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!

IARPC Secretariat

Executive Secretary: Sara Bowden
Web Manager/Communications Officer: Jessica Rohde
Project Analyst: Meredith LaValley

Learn more about the IARPC Secretariat here.

IARPC Reference Documents

Principles for Conducting Research in the Arctic

Arctic Research Plans

Arctic Research Plan 2013-2017
Arctic Research Plan 2017-2021
Fact Sheet for Arctic Research Plan 2017-2021
FAQ Arctic Research Plan 2017-2021

IARPC Reports

IARPC 2017 Biennial Report
IARPC 2015 Biennial Report
IARPC 2013 Summary of Accomplishments
IARPC 2014 Summary of Accomplishments
IARPC 2015 Summary of Accomplishments
IARPC 2016 Summary of Accomplishments
IARPC 2016 Milestone Reporting Logs
IARPC 2017 Annual Reports: Summary of Accomplishments
IARPC 2017 Performance Element Reporting Logs
IARPC 2018 Summary of Accomplishments and Performance Element Reporting Logs

Relevant References

Arctic Research and Policy Act of 1984 (amended 1990)
Presidential Memorandum--Arctic Research and Policy Act
Executive Order 12501--Arctic research
National Strategy for the Arctic Region
Implementation Plan for the National Strategy for the Arctic RegionProgress Report on the Implementation of the National Strategy for the Arctic Region
National Security Presidential Directive 66: Arctic Region Policy
2016 IARPC Charter
IARPC Organizational Primer
Arctic Research in the United States (journal published 1987-2007)

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Membership in IARPC Collaborations is subject to approval and adherence to the codes of conduct.


Sara Bowden, IARPC Executive Secretary
(703) 447-7828

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