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November 12, 2013

OPC Calls for Research Proposals to Advance Privacy Knowledge and Awareness

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has launched its 2014-15 Contributions Program.

OTTAWA — The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) today issued a call for proposals under its 2014-15 Contributions Program for project proposals aimed at promoting privacy and the protection of personal information in the private sector.

The Contributions Program promotes the advancement of knowledge in Canada by funding independent privacy research and related knowledge translation initiatives. Since its inception over 10 years ago, the Program has helped to generate research touching on a diverse range of topics—from video surveillance to electronic health records to social networking. It has also supported a variety of knowledge translation initiatives aimed at increasing awareness of privacy rights and obligations in Canada.

As in previous years, the Office is inviting proposals that focus on its four strategic priority areas:

  • identity integrity and privacy;
  • information technology and privacy;
  • genetic information and privacy; and
  • public safety and privacy. 

The Office will also consider proposals in other areas related to privacy and protection of personal information in the private sector. All research proposals must address issues that fall within the scope of the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). When developing project proposals, applicants are encouraged to review projects currently underway and completed projects funded in previous years in order to build on past or ongoing work.

The OPC Contributions Program is structured to fund projects that are initiated and completed within a single fiscal year (April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015), although some multiyear projects may be funded on an exceptional basis. 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 January 6, 2014.

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 (Contributions Program)
Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
Tel.: 613-947-3090

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