Although ARCUS regularly operates in partnership with many other organizations in the U.S. and abroad to support Arctic research activities, ongoing partnership agreements have been established with the following non-Member organizations:
Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC)
The Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) is comprised of principals from 16 agencies, departments, and offices across the U.S. Federal government and is charged with enhancing both the scientific monitoring of and research on local, regional, and global environmental issues in the Arctic. IARPC created the IARPC Collaborations platform to connect Federal government and non-Federal government researchers and stakeholders to share information and form new collaborations. Open to anyone who can contribute, 2,500 members of the Arctic research community currently participate, including those from the state of Alaska, academic, non-governmental, industry, indigenous, and international organizations. Join the community here.
From approximately 2011-2022, ARCUS administered NSF funding to the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee's secretariat. Additionally, through the current ARCUS cooperative agreement, ARCUS worked with the IARPC secretariat to add staffing capacity to IARPC outreach efforts as well as to community-driven research initiatives emerging from IARPC Collaboration Teams.
Association of Polar Early Career Educators (APECS)
ARCUS and the Association of Polar Early Career Educators have a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that acknowledges the joint commitment of both organizations to the professional development of early career polar researchers. Additionally, through the current ARCUS cooperative agreement with NSF, APECS serves as a partner in guiding the application process and selection of Early Career Travel Awards.
APECS-ARCUS MOU 2017-2022
Inuit Circumpolar Council Alaska (ICC-Alaska)
The Inuit Circumpolar Council - Alaska is a co-lead with ARCUS on the Arctic Indigenous Scholars program. The objective of the program is to create a space for Indigenous scholars to educate and inform policy- and decision-makers engaged in Arctic Issues from the nation's capital, Washington, D.C. Additionally, as part of the current ARCUS Cooperative Agreement funded by NSF, ARCUS will detail a staff member part-time to ICC-Alaska to forge stronger partnerships and add capacity at the hosting organization
Eskimo Walrus Commission
The Eskimo Walrus Commission partners with ARCUS to produce the Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook (SIWO). SIWO is a resource for Alaska Native subsistence hunters, coastal communities, and others interested in sea ice and walrus. The SIWO provides weekly reports from April through June with information on weather and sea ice conditions relevant to walrus in the northern Bering Sea and southern Chukchi Sea regions of Alaska.
Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center
The Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center serves as a partner on the current ARCUS Cooperative Agreement with the National Science Foundation, providing D.C. host support for the ARCUS Indigenous Scholars Program. The Arctic Studies Center hosts full-day visits from the scholars, including an orientation to the Smithsonian collections and facilities and a round-table discussion of how the Smithsonian and its staff, collections, and archives can best serve the interests of Alaska Natives.
National Weather Service - Alaska Region
The National Weather Service - Alaska Region partners with ARCUS to produce the Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook (SIWO). SIWO is a resource for Alaska Native subsistence hunters, coastal communities, and others interested in sea ice and walrus. The SIWO provides weekly reports from April through June with information on weather and sea ice conditions relevant to walrus in the northern Bering Sea and southern Chukchi Sea regions of Alaska.
Polar Educators International (PEI)
ARCUS provides in-kind secretariat support for Polar Educators International. Polar Educators International (PEI) is an international professional network for everyone who educates in, for, and about the polar regions.
Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP)
ARCUS partners with the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP) by serving as a host to ANSEP Summer Bridge students (high school graduates) or Fellows (University of Alaska Fairbanks undergraduate students) interested in working with ARCUS staff in Fairbanks on Arctic research community building activities.
The Anchorage Museum and others have partnered with ARCUS to host the Anchorage Arctic Research Summit as part of the North X North festival.
Alaska Natural Resource and Outdoor Education Association (ANROE)
ARCUS and the Alaska Natural Resource and Outdoor Education Association (ANROE) have a formal Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that establishes a partnership to collaborate on the development and delivery of natural resource education content and resources.
ANROE-ARCUS MOA 2015-2020
If you are planning a collaborative Arctic research-related project and would like to partner with ARCUS, please contact us at info [at] arcus.org.