Funding available for privacy research and education in Canada

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada is calling for proposals for cutting-edge privacy research and public education projects in Canada. The application deadline is March 14, 2011.

The Office is interested in receiving research proposals focusing on four priority areas:

private1) identity integrity and protection,

2) information technology,

3) genetic privacy, and

4) public safety.

However, the Office will continue to accept research proposals on issues that fall outside these areas.

As well, the Office invites proposals to fund public education and regional outreach initiatives that aim to inform Canadians about their privacy rights and how they may better protect their personal information.

All proposals will be evaluated on the basis of merit by OPC officials, and the maximum amount that can be awarded for each research or public education project is $50,000.  (A maximum of $100,000 can be awarded per organization.)

Not-for-profit organizations, including education institutions and industry and trade associations, are eligible, and this includes consumer, voluntary and advocacy organizations.

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