Arctic Research Plan 2022-2026
What is the Arctic Research Plan?
By law (the Arctic Research and Policy Act of 1984), the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee () develops and implements an Arctic Research Plan every five years. The goal of the plan is to improve the collective impacts of federal agencies in Arctic research. is currently reviewing public input and preparing to begin drafting the Arctic Research Plan 2022-2026. We anticipate that the draft will be ready for public comment in February 2021.
How can I get more information?
To receive periodic updates on the status of the plan, get notified of upcoming engagement events, and more, sign up for our newsletter. Past newsletters:
Recordings of past information sessions are available on our YouTube channel.
You can also listen to the July 14 episode of Talk of Alaska. This episode featured Fran Ulmer (chair of the Arctic Research Commission), Nikoosh Carlo (Arctic Research Plan development director), and Simon Stephenson (section head of Arctic sciences at the National Science Foundation) and focused on how Alaskans can weigh in on the plan.
How can I get involved?
Thank you to the many individuals and organizations that submitted input during the engagement phase of plan development. We received input on the structure, goals, and objectives of the plan during events between November 2019 and February 2020, and during our initial public comment period between April 3 and August 2, 2020. We are now compiling this input and will use it to inform the first draft of the Arctic Research Plan.
We anticipate that the first draft of the Arctic Research Plan will be completed in early 2021. At that point, we will hold a second public comment period that gives members of the public the opportunity to review and weigh in on the draft plan.
How does the Arctic Research Plan get developed?
1 Review and planning
September 2019 to March 2020
Approval to begin plan development process and secure resources
Develop engagement strategy and begin outreach
Identify Federal Plan Development Steering Group
2 Current step: Development
April to September 2020
Plan Development Steering Group starts meeting monthly
First Federal Register request for input, April 3–August 2
Public input listening sessions and webinars
Workshop to develop policy drivers & research goals
October 2020 to January 2021
principal approve of drivers and goals
Federal drafting teams write chapters & supplementary material, informed by input received from the public
4 Public Review
February to June 2021
Gather input on draft plan, including through Federal Register Notice
5 Revision and Release
July to Dec 2021
Frequently Asked Questions (Last updated August 3, 2020)
What is the current status of the plan development?
A four-month public comment period closed on August 2, 2020, and we are now reviewing the input on the goals and structure of the next Arctic Research Plan. This information will inform a workshop in September. The workshop will include invited representatives of a cross-section of the Arctic research community, including Indigenous community members, federal employees, Alaska state agencies, and nonprofit and private sector representatives. They will develop a draft framework and scientific goals for the next Arctic Research Plan, which will then be presented to the Principals for their consideration.
After the public input has been reviewed, it will be made available and a summary will be posted on this webpage. In November, a team from member agencies will begin drafting the plan.
Who is developing the 2022-2026 Arctic Research Plan?
The new five-year Arctic Research Plan is being developed by a team from the member federal agencies.
How will input and comments be used?
All comments and input that we received during the public comment period will be made publicly available on the Collaborations website. We will not provide any direct responses to commenters.
We will use the information and ideas received in several ways:
- Input will be synthesized to inform a virtual workshop in September 2020. The workshop will include invited representatives of a cross-section of the Arctic research community, including Indigenous community members, federal employees, Alaska state agencies, and nonprofit and private sector representatives. They will develop the draft framework and goals for the next Arctic Research Plan, which will then be presented to the Principals for their consideration.
- The federal drafting team will use the public input comments, outcomes from the workshop discussion, and guidance from the Principals to ensure they have robust information to shape the text of the first draft of the next plan.
What happens next?
Once a draft plan is complete, we will issue a second Federal Register Notice (scheduled for February 2021) to collect input and comments on the draft plan, which will be used by the federal drafting teams to revise the plan as appropriate. All comments and responses that we receive during this second engagement phase will be made publicly available on the Collaborations website.
Who do I contact if I have questions or need more information?
Please contact Meredith LaValley, project analyst and team coordinator, and Liz Weinberg, web manager and community coordinator, at IARPCPlan@arcus.org.