Search and Rescue New Initiatives Fund - Call for Proposals 2018-2019

The intent of the SAR NIF is to enhance the effectiveness, efficiency, economy and innovation of search and rescue activities as it relates to the response and prevention objectives of the National Search and Rescue Program (NSP). Potential applicants must contact one of the federal, provincial or territorial Search and Rescue (SAR) partners to initiate interest in the program and develop proposals that address program and partner priorities.

The annual SAR NIF budget is $7.6M. With multi-year projects ongoing the availability of funds for new projects will vary from year to year. The 2018-2019 Budget is $3.49M for new approved proposals.

In order to be considered for funding, each proposal must meet at least one of the annual priorities of the National Search and Rescue Program (NSP) as listed below.

Priority 1

Strengthen the National SAR Program

Search and Rescue (SAR) in Canada is a shared responsibility between all levels of government and is supported by an extensive volunteer cadre. The system requires the collaboration and cooperation of multiple jurisdictions to provide an effective response capability as well as developing and implementing prevention and mitigation measures. The necessary mechanisms thus need to be in place in order facilitate the effort of the SAR stakeholders.

The 18-19 SAR NIF call for proposals will consider projects that meet one or more of the following:

Priority 2

Standardize Reporting and Improve Data Management

Effective evidence based decision making relies on the quality of available and shared information. Consequently, efforts towards implementing data acquisition, management and analytical tools as well as improving the standardization of the data collected is expected to lead to better decisions regarding SAR policies, programs and operations. As a result, the SAR community will enhance its visibility of the risk environment and make decisions that will enhance prevention, mitigation and response.

The 18-19 SAR NIF call for proposals will consider projects that meet one or more of the following:

Priority 3

Emphasize and effectively coordinate SAR prevention efforts

In order to save lives, reduce pain and suffering and minimize the economic and social burden associated with responding to SAR incidents, a renewed focus on prevention is necessary. The sought after outcomes are to reduce the frequency, and mitigate the duration and severity of SAR incidents through changing behaviors, timely alerting and increasing survivability.

The 18-19 SAR NIF call for proposals will consider projects that meet one or more of the following:

Priority 4

Indigenous SAR

Fostering the inclusion of Indigenous communities, with a particular emphasis on Northern and remote areas, as well as enhancing engagement with Indigenous peoples within the National Search and Rescue Program is a priority that supports a national approach to strengthen emergency management capabilities.

The 18-19 SAR NIF call for proposals will consider projects that meet one or more of the following:

How to Apply

For additional information, please contact the PS SAR NIF team at ps.sarnif-fnirs.sp@canada.ca.

Submission

Completed applications must be received by hand or electronically no later than Friday, November 10,2017. Details of the application process and eligibility criteria are available in the SAR NIF Application Guide which can be found on the PS website:

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