Announcement

October 2, 2018

Contributions Program launches annual call for innovative research and knowledge translation proposals

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) today issued a call for proposals under its 2019-2020 Contributions Program, which funds independent privacy research and related knowledge translation initiatives.

The Office is inviting research and knowledge translation applications that advance its strategic privacy priorities. As in past years, the Office is interested in funding innovative initiatives that seek to better understand and address issues related to our priorities.

In addition, the OPC is particularly interested in funding one or more “design jams” on consent, meaning design sessions on the topic of consenting to the use of our personal information. A “design jam” is a collaborative sprint to solve a specific problem; it can last a few days and bring together a variety of specialists. The objective is to prepare one or more prototypes, which can be refined and/or made public.

All proposals must address issues that fall within the scope of the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), which sets ground rules for how organizations may collect, use or disclose information about individuals in the course of commercial activities. Proposals must also touch on at least one of the OPC’s strategic privacy priorities. When developing project proposals, applicants are strongly encouraged to review projects currently underway and completed projects from 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, 2019 to March 31, 2020), although some exceptions may be made for multi-year projects that can demonstrate why the project requires more time to complete. All proposals will be evaluated on the basis of merit.

All proposals must be submitted by November 14, 2018.

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 Contributions Program or go to the 2019 Applicant’s Guide to find out more information on project requirements and how to apply.

For program information, contact:

François Cadieux
Manager, Contributions Program
Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
Tel.: 819-994-6010
Email: contrib@priv.gc.ca

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