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.

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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.

Priority Areas

The four priority areas represent areas of broad, cross-cutting research focus. Teams include:

Community Resilience and Health

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.

Arctic Systems Interactions

Goal: Enhance our ability to observe, understand, predict, and project the Arctic’s dynamic interconnected systems and their links to the Earth system.

Sustainable Economies and Livelihoods

Goal: Observe and understand the Arctic’s natural, social, and built systems to promote sustainable economies and livelihoods.

Risk Management and Hazard Mitigation

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.

Data Management

Improving capabilities for coordinating and strengthening data management

Education, Training, and Capacity Building

Connecting STEM education efforts that leverage Arctic research to support a thriving future

Monitoring, Observing, Modeling, and Prediction

Integrating and improving monitoring, observing, modeling, and prediction efforts to advance Arctic research

Participatory Research and Indigenous Leadership in Research

Supporting meaningful and equitable collaborations among Arctic Indigenous communities and researchers

Technology Application and Innovation

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:

Atmosphere Coastal Resilience Diversity and Inclusion
Field Operations Glaciers & Sea Level Health & Well-being
Marine Ecosystems Modeling Observing
Permafrost Physical Oceanography Sea Ice
Terrestrial Ecosystems

Frequently Asked Questions

Updated November 2, 2022