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DK-1401 Copenhagen K
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Pertinent information prior to your paperwork

Project categories
Projects within the National Park
Projects outside the National Park
Projects with ethical aspects
Access to protected areas
Pertinent public authorities
Pertinent legislation
Forms etc.
Deadlines

In order to stimulate the interest in Arctic science and to facilitate the dissemination of information about research projects in Greenland a project to be launched in Greenland must provide to DPC, as a minimum:

  • title of the project,
  • name and institutional address of the principal investigator (PI),
  • period(s) for activities in Greenland, and
  • abstract of project objectives etc. (max. 100 words).

Research projects in Greenland fall into several categories dependent on geographical allocation, methods to be applied, means of transportation in the field, etc.

Any project PI is therefore advised to read the following definitions carefully and act accordingly, prior to the commencement of fieldwork in Greenland.

Project Category A
Research projects with fieldwork that includes

  • activities in the National Park,
  • activities in Qimuseriarssuaq / Melville Bay nature reserve,
  • activities in Arnangarnup Qoorua / Sarfartoq valley nature reserve,
  • activities at Thule Air Base,
  • geoscience,
  • launching of balloons,
  • application of laser beams,
  • outdoor installation of antennas or instruments,
  • items harmful to the environment,
  • low level flying,
  • air drops,
  • catching, killing, tagging or ringing of fish, mammals or birds, or
  • activities on fjord / sea ice.

Category A projects must submit to DPC a completed application form in order to obtain a permit. Please get an application form and its cover letter from DPC and comply with the associated stipulations.

Project Category B
Research projects with fieldwork or other activities on

  • the Greenland Ice Sheet outside the National Park.

Category B projects must submit to DPC a completed application form in order to obtain a permit. Please observe that activities on the Greenland Ice Sheet will require that a special evacuation and search-and-rescue insurance, covering all participants, is taken out by the project.

You will not be permitted to launch planned activities on the Greenland Ice Sheet unless the conditions specified in the application form and its cover letter are met. Please get an application form from DPC and comply with the associated stipulations.

Project Category C
Research projects that include studies involving

  • persons as study objects in a medical sense,
  • persons as study objects in a sociological or an ethnological sense, or
  • sensitive data obtained on any person.

Category C projects must contact DPC to obtain the pertinent forms and material to be completed and submitted before any permit can be issued.

Project Category D
The category deals with research projects funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation and/or with logistics support by provided by VECO Polar Resources. Please read the current VECO's on-line Greenland Guide for US project personnel.

All science teams planning to conduct research in Greenland must complete an annual
application in order to obtain approval from the Danish Polar Center (DPC).
Application form is available here. Submit the completed form directly to DPC, - and not through the U.S. State Department.

For assistance with the application process, contact Poul Henrik Sørensen, , phone: +45 7248 8125.

Category D projects must submit the signed form in original to:

Danish Polar Center
Strandgade 100 H
DK-1401 Copenhagen K
Denmark

Please observe that the completed and signed application form must be received by DPC at least 3 months prior to the initiation of the field period for the proposed project.

The Danish Polar Center will inform the project PI about the outcome of the application and simultaneously announce conditions that may accompany an approval.

Project Category E
Research projects with fieldwork that does not include

  • any of the activities specified above under categories A D.

Category E projects are strongly recommended to submit the following to DPC:

  • title of the project,
  • name and institutional address of principal investigator (PI),
  • period for activities in Greenland, and
  • abstract of project objectives etc. (max. 100 words).
To facilitate the process at DPC of disseminating the submitted information
you are kindly requested to submit the material by e-mail,
preferably as attachment(s) in .doc, .rtf or .pdf format.

Deadlines

DPC must receive the pertinent papers before these deadlines:


APPLICATIONS

15 January: Projects to Zackenberg and Daneborg (ZERO)

6 months prior to start: Biomedical projects

3 months prior to start: All other projects and expeditions

3 months prior to start: Vessels in territorial waters


DOCUMENTATION

3 weeks prior to start: Insurance statement

3 weeks prior to start: Firearm permit

3 weeks prior to start: Radio permit

Until last minute: An updated list of participants

To facilitate the process at DPC of disseminating the submitted information
you are kindly requested to submit the material by e-mail,
preferably as attachment(s) in .doc, .rtf or .pdf format.