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 2000 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 (COE). 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.  


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 Executive Director

Larry Hinzman

IARPC Secretariat

Executive Secretary: Sara Bowden
Arctic Research Plan Development Director: Nikoosh Carlo
Arctic Research Plan Editor and Policy Analyst: Sorina Stalla
Web Manager & Community Coordinator:
 Liz Weinberg
Project Analyst and Team Coordinator: Meredith LaValley
US AON Program Assistant: Hazel Shapiro
Environmental Intelligence Team Coordinator: Ann-Christine Zinkann

Learn more about the IARPC Secretariat here.

IARPC Reference Documents

IARPC Arctic Research Plans

IARPC Biennial Reports to Congress

IARPC Annual Reports

Legislation & Foundational Documents

National Strategy for the Arctic Region

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Sara Bowden, IARPC Executive Secretary
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Please direct website questions to Liz Weinberg, Web Manager, at lweinberg@arcus.org.