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September 27, 2012

OPC Calls for Innovative Privacy Research that Connects with Canadians

Launch of the 2013-14 Contributions Program marks 10 years of advancing privacy knowledge

OTTAWA — The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) today issued a call for proposals under its Contributions Program 2013-14 for projects aimed at promoting privacy and the protection of personal information in the private sector.

This is the tenth call for proposals issued by the Contributions Program, which promotes the advancement of privacy knowledge in Canada by funding independent privacy research and related knowledge translation initiatives. Since its inception, the Program has allocated approximately $3 million to nearly 90 initiatives in Canada, and is considered one of the foremost dedicated privacy-research funding programs in the world.

Once again, the Office is inviting 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 also consider proposals in other areas related to privacy and protection of personal information in the private sector.

The Contributions Program places a strong emphasis on funding research that is meaningful for Canadians and that can be applied in concrete ways. Researchers are asked to integrate knowledge translation components into their project proposals, such as innovative approaches for engaging relevant stakeholders in the research process, disseminating research results and facilitating the application of results by potential end-users.

The OPC Contributions Program funds privacy research that falls under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). The 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, 2013 to March 31, 2014.

All proposals will be evaluated on the basis of merit.  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 November 30, 2012.

If you are interested in generating new ideas, approaches and knowledge about privacy that will help organizations or individuals make informed decisions about protecting personal information, please visit our website to learn more about the OPC Contributions Program and how to apply.

For program information, contact:

François Cadieux
Senior Research Analyst
Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
Tel.: 613-947-3090

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