Call for Research Proposals

CIIPS wel­comes the sub­mis­sion of pro­pos­als for one-time research and edu­ca­tion projects. To be eli­gi­ble for fund­ing or part­ner­ship, a project must fit the mis­sion and char­i­ta­ble pur­pose of CIIPS.

CIIPS has a two-stage process for the intake of project pro­pos­als:

  1. Appli­cants are first asked to sub­mit a Let­ter of Intent which describes the project more briefly than a full appli­ca­tion. This enables the Insti­tute to do a pre­lim­i­nary eval­u­a­tion to ensure that the pro­posed project is with­in our char­i­ta­ble pur­pos­es, aligned with our cur­rent man­date and objec­tives, appro­pri­ate to our resources, etc. This step also pre­vents the appli­cant from doing poten­tial­ly wast­ed work.
  1. If the Insti­tute con­sid­ers the project in the Let­ter of Intent to be appro­pri­ate, fea­si­ble and well aligned with our cur­rent objec­tives, we may ask the appli­cant to sub­mit a full Project Appli­ca­tion

Please under­stand that CIIPS does not have funds on hand for research or edu­ca­tion­al projects. If the Insti­tute decides to spon­sor, fund or under­take your project, we also accept the respon­si­bil­i­ty of seek­ing the nec­es­sary funds for the project.

Non-accep­tance of a project is not nec­es­sar­i­ly a judge­ment on the mer­its of a project. CIIPS’ char­i­ta­ble man­date is strict, fund­ing poten­tial is lim­it­ed, and the amount of projects we are able to under­take at this time is very lim­it­ed.

CIIPS con­ducts research:

  • Direct­ly through orga­ni­za­tion­al staff and vol­un­teers, and
  • Through coor­di­nat­ing or spon­sor­ing research by oth­er researchers and orga­ni­za­tions focused on pub­lic access to infor­ma­tion and pri­va­cy prin­ci­ples.

We also wel­come invi­ta­tions to part­ner with aca­d­e­m­ic insti­tutes, oth­er research orga­ni­za­tions, and inde­pen­dent researchers.

The Insti­tute sup­ports research into:

  • Infor­ma­tion Rights
  • Pri­va­cy and pri­va­cy pro­tec­tion
  • Data pro­tec­tion
  • Elec­tron­ic sur­veil­lance
  • Free­dom of infor­ma­tion
  • Access to Infor­ma­tion / Right to infor­ma­tion
  • Free­dom of expres­sion
  • Open gov­ern­ment / trans­paren­cy
  • Open data
  • Inter­net freedom/ open Inter­net
  • Infor­ma­tion man­age­ment as it affects pri­va­cy, trans­paren­cy, and account­abil­i­ty
  • Media democ­ra­cy.

CIIPS uses spe­cif­ic def­i­n­i­tions for the above terms.

CIIPS wel­comes research pro­pos­als that:

  • Iden­ti­fy legal, pol­i­cy or edu­ca­tion­al needs in the con­text of the above list­ed infor­ma­tion and pri­va­cy areas, or relat­ed areas per­tain­ing to the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors
  • Explore impli­ca­tions of an “infor­ma­tion rights” approach to access to infor­ma­tion and pri­va­cy issues
  • Iden­ti­fy prac­ti­cal path­ways to improv­ing access to infor­ma­tion and pri­va­cy pro­tec­tion
  • Seek “best prac­tices” in law, pol­i­cy, and pro­ce­dures
  • Seek pol­i­cy options to adapt inter­na­tion­al best prac­tices to the Cana­di­an con­text
  • Com­pare and con­trast pub­lic poli­cies and pub­lic pol­i­cy options
  • Explore approach­es to edu­ca­tion about infor­ma­tion and pri­va­cy issues
  • Com­pile and bring order to infor­ma­tion from mul­ti­ple sources, or con­cern­ing mul­ti­ple juris­dic­tions
  • Have a munic­i­pal, provin­cial, nation­al, or inter­na­tion­al focus.