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December 8, 2011

Be a leader in advancing privacy knowledge in Canada

The OPC is now accepting applications for its annual privacy research and knowledge translation funding program.

Concepts of privacy are changing fast in today’s world, and so are the factors that affect our privacy rights. We are all impacted, and we all have a role to play in the protection of personal information—data-protection authorities, organizations and individuals alike.

In recognition of the value of engaging a wide range of perspectives and interests in privacy issues, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) today issued a call for proposals under its Contributions Program 2012-13. Established in 2004, the Contributions Program promotes the advancement of privacy knowledge in Canada by providing funding for independent privacy research and related knowledge translation initiatives in Canada under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).

The OPC is interested in receiving research proposals for projects aimed at promoting privacy and the protection of personal information in the private sector. The Office invites proposals that focus on its four priority areas: 1) identity integrity and privacy; 2) information technology and privacy; 3) genetic information and privacy; and 4) public safety and privacy.  However, the Office will consider proposals in other areas related to privacy and protection of personal information in the private sector.

This year, in an effort to make the research results generated by the Contributions Program even more accessible and useful for others, the Office is encouraging applicants to integrate knowledge translation activities in their project proposals. Knowledge translation is a process by which theoretical research results get transformed into useable outcomes that end-users can apply in practice. For example, researchers could propose to:

  • Engage end-users throughout the research process and seek their input to maximize the validity, relevance and utility of research results;
  • Develop innovative approaches for disseminating research findings and raising public awareness of privacy issues; or
  • Use survey or other evaluation methods to assess the effectiveness of various dissemination strategies aimed at raising privacy awareness. 

The OPC Contributions Program is structured to fund one-year projects that are initiated and completed within the same fiscal year that funding is provided—that is, April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013.  Exceptionally, the OPC may fund projects that extend beyond the end of the fiscal year if the proposals persuasively demonstrate why the research requires more time to be completed.  

All proposals will be evaluated on the basis of merit, and the maximum amount that can be awarded for any single project is $50,000 and a maximum of $100,000 can be awarded per organization. All proposals must be submitted by January 25, 2012.

If you are interested in generating new ideas, approaches, and knowledge about privacy that organizations can apply to better safeguard personal information and/or individual Canadians can use to make more informed decisions about protecting their privacy, please visit our website to learn more about our Contributions Program.

For program information, contact:

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

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