First Nations Baseline Assessment Program on Health and the Environment

This program aims to strengthen First Nations' capacity to assess the health of their people and environment before large industrial projects are started.

Current status: Closed

The deadline to submit your proposal for the 2024 to 2025 call for proposals was February 16, 2024, 11.55 p.m. Mountain Time.

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About the program

Some industrial activities have the potential to contaminate the air, water and land and impact human health. This is why it is important to have information on the health of community members and the environment before industrial projects start. This information is known as baseline data and it can be used to compare with data collected after industrial activities have begun, to identify if there are changes in human health and the environment.

The First Nations Baseline Assessment Program on Health and the Environment aims to support First Nations in assessing the baseline status of human health and the environment in their communities prior to the implementation of large scale industrial projects on their traditional territories. Projects that focus on intergenerational knowledge translation with Elders and youth are particularly welcomed.

This program supports projects for a maximum of 2 years.

Selected research proposals can receive up to $125,000 per project in funding over 2 years between April 2024 and March 2026. An applicant can only submit one proposal in a given year.

Who can apply

This program is open to applicants south of the 60° parallel in:

Groups that can apply for funding include:

British Columbia is not included in this program as they receive health information and services through the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA). First Nations in British Columbia can apply to a similar program through FNHA's Environmental Contaminants Program.

To be eligible for funding, First Nation communities must be recognized under the Indian Act.

Special requirement for funding

The project must incorporate Indigenous knowledge and scientific methodologies. First Nations will need to work with an academically trained scientist with a track record of peer-reviewed publications in the field of public health or exposure science (for example, an epidemiologist or a toxicologist).

The scientific principal investigator must have academic qualifications at the masters' level, for example, Master of Science (M.Sc.), Master of Public Health (MPH) as a minimum.

What research areas are included

The project should focus on the baseline assessment of human health in combination with environmental conditions in First Nations communities (for example, traditional foods, water, soil and air).

Focus areas that may be considered for funding:

Any social, health and lifestyle questionnaires or surveys should allow for voluntary self-identification by gender, including allowing gender diverse people to describe their gender identity in their own words, in order to make analysis more precise.


A proposal, in English or French, must be received by Indigenous Services Canada no later than February 16, 2024, 11.55 p.m. Mountain Time.

How to apply

The proposal should include a:

Proposals must:

You can ask us for a detailed proposal template, including budget template and information on how proposals will be evaluated. Send an email to:

How to submit your proposal

Please note that proposals that are submitted by courier or Canada Post must be postmarked by February 16, 2024, 11.55 p.m. Mountain Time.

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