Arctic Research Plan 2022–2026
Building on the successes and communities of practice of the 2017–2021 plan, the new Arctic Research Plan 2022-2026 is a bold strategy for a changing Arctic. It outlines a vision for federal agencies to address emerging research questions about this vital region, and provides pathways to strengthen relationships between federal agencies and Indigenous communities, academia and non-federal researchers, the state of Alaska, nonprofits, and private sector and international organizations.
Read the executive summary
Read the introduction
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2022-2024 Implementation Plan
The Arctic Research Plan is a high-level strategy for the next five years. Its overarching goals will be accomplished through biennial implementation plans with specific objectives and deliverables.
The Biennial Implementation Plan 2022-2024 provides specific actions that IARPC and its member agencies will take to promote research aimed at improving community resilience and well-being, advancing scientific understanding of ongoing changes in the Arctic system, creating more sustainable economies and livelihoods, and improving risk management and hazard mitigation. Learn more about the implementation planning process.
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2024-2026 Implementation Plan
Federal agencies and the IARPC Collaborations community are successfully meeting many of the deliverables of the Arctic Research Plan’s first implementation plan, and are now beginning to craft the next two-year plan (2024-2026). This implementation plan will be an update of the first one, rather than a completely new plan. Some deliverables from the 2022-2024 plan will continue on in 2024-2026; others will be adjusted and new ones will be added.
IARPC will be collecting input about the next implementation plan from March through May 2026. To be alerted when the input period begins, sign up for our newsletter or join IARPC Collaborations.
Putting the Plan into Practice: Collaboration Teams and Communities of Practice
The Arctic Research Plan 2022-2026 presents a research framework with thematic goals. It seeks to address critical areas for which an interagency approach can accelerate progress, but it does not attempt to address all federally funded research in the Arctic.
Progress toward the goals, objectives, and deliverables of the Arctic Research Plan and Biennial Implementation Plan is led by collaboration teams and communities of practice organized via IARPC Collaborations. To participate in these teams, sign up for an account on IARPC Collaborations.
The four priority areas represent areas of broad, cross-cutting research focus. Teams include:
Goal: Improve community resilience and well-being by strengthening research and developing tools to increase understanding of interdependent social, natural, and built systems in the Arctic.
Goal: Enhance our ability to observe, understand, predict, and project the Arctic’s dynamic interconnected systems and their links to the Earth system.
Goal: Observe and understand the Arctic’s natural, social, and built systems to promote sustainable economies and livelihoods.
Goal: Secure and improve quality of life through research that promotes an understanding of disaster risk exposure, sensitivity to hazard, and adaptive capacity.
Foundational Activity & Collaboration Teams
Foundational activities are critical in supporting the priority areas in this plan, as well as a robust research program in the Arctic. The foundational activities are expected to continue beyond this plan.
Improving capabilities for coordinating and strengthening data management
Connecting STEM education efforts that leverage Arctic research to support a thriving future
Integrating and improving monitoring, observing, modeling, and prediction efforts to advance Arctic research
Supporting meaningful and equitable collaborations among Arctic Indigenous communities and researchers
Enabling, accelerating, and delivering accurate information and products to Arctic residents and researchers
Communities of Practice
Priority areas and foundational activities are supported by robust communities of practice. These are:
Frequently Asked Questions
Updated November 2, 2022