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February 14, 2011

OPC launches its 8th annual privacy research and public education funding program

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada today issued a call for proposals under its Contributions Program, which for the past several years has provided funding for cutting-edge privacy research and public education projects in Canada under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).

The Office is interested in receiving research proposals focusing on four priority areas: 1) identity integrity and protection, 2) information technology, 3) genetic privacy, and 4) public safety.  However, the Office will continue to accept research proposals on issues that fall outside these areas.

As well, the Office invites proposals to fund public education and regional outreach initiatives that aim to inform Canadians about their privacy rights and how they may better protect their personal information. 

All proposals will be evaluated on the basis of merit by OPC officials, and the maximum amount that can be awarded for each research or public education project is $50,000.  (A maximum of $100,000 can be awarded per organization.) 

The Office’s preference is to fund projects that are completed within the fiscal year in which the funding is provided—that is, fiscal year 2011-12.  However, the OPC is also open to funding projects that extend beyond the end of the fiscal year (i.e. March 31, 2012) if it is made clear to the Office that these projects require more time to be completed.

Created in 2004, the Contributions Program is regarded internationally as the foremost privacy research funding program in the world.  To date, the program has allocated over $2 million to more than 60 initiatives in Canada.  The annual budget for the Program is $500,000.

For information on how to apply for funding, click on the following link: Applying for funding under the Contributions Program annual call for proposals

For program information, contact:

François Cadieux
Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
Tel.: (613) 947-3090

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