The Nunavut Wildlife Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit Research Fund (IQRF) was created by the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board (NWMB or Board) to fund community-based management and research projects in Nunavut, in particular projects led by Hunters and Trappers Organizations. The IQRF provides an annual allocation of studies funds to encourage Inuit and community-based organizations to undertake and lead research projects that address community needs and concerns related to the management of wildlife in Nunavut.
Research is necessary to ensure that wildlife resources are harvested in a knowledgeable and sustainable way so that Nunavummiut can continue the hunting and fishing that is so essential to their way of life. The NWMB has a lead role to play in this area and is committed to making wildlife research responsive to the needs and concerns of the people of Nunavut.
Each year in December, the NWMB determines the amount of funding that will be available for the IQRF. The NWMB may increase the funding for the IQRF during the Board’s consideration of applications on a case-by-case basis.