Action Groups are meant to fund targeted groups working towards the production of well-defined products. Action Groups are funded on a competitive basis at up to 2500€ per year (maximum of 5000€ over the life of an Action Group). Up to 10000€ per year of the IPA total budget will be devoted to Action Groups. These groups have limited terms and focus on clearly defined research outputs, such as maps, science plans, or databases, that can be supported through the organization of workshops, management support, technical support, etc.

The call for new Action Groups occurs on an annual basis in the autumn. The IPA Executive Committee currently has an open call for Action Groups. Applications must be submitted on or before November 30, 2020. To apply, please fill out this application document (.doc file will download when the link is clicked). Return the completed version as a PDF to the IPA Secretariat at

Reporting from our Action Groups can be found in the IPA's annual bulletin, Frozen Ground.


Currently sponsored Action Groups:

Rock glacier inventories and kinematics (Phase II, July 2020-June 2022; Phase I, 2018-2019)
Contact: Reynald Delaloye - reynald.delaloye(at)
Application PDF

Development of a pan-Arctic drained lake basin product (2020-2021)
Contact: Helena Bergstedt (helena.bergstedt(at) and Benjamin Jones (bmjones3(at)
Application PDF

Standardized methods across Permafrost Landscapes: from Arctic Soils to Hydrosystems (SPLASH) (2020-2021)
Contact: Frédéric Bouchard - frederic.bouchard(at)
Website and Application PDF

Past Action Groups:

Permafrost and Culture (PaC): Integrating environmental, geo-, and social sciences to assess permafrost dynamics and indigenous land use (2014-2015; 2017-2018; 2019)
Contact: Mathias Ulrich - mathias.ulrich(at); Otto Habeck - Otto.habeck(at)

Towards a Permafrost Thaw Subsidence Product within the GTN-P database (2018-2019)
Contact: Frank Günther - frank.guenther(at)

Permafrost Engineering in a Warming Climate - Current State and Future Strategy (2018)
Contact: Kevin Bjella - kevin.bjella(at)

Arctic Permafrost Transects (2017)
Contact: D. A. "Skip" Walker - dawalker(at)

The InterFrost Evaluation Platform (2016-2017)
Contact: Christophe Grenier - christophe.grenier(at)
Application summary

A Frozen­‐Ground Cartoon: Explaining international permafrost research using comic strips (2016-2017)
Contact: Frédéric Bouchard - frederic.bouchard(at)
Application summary

The Yedoma Region: A Synthesis of Circum-Arctic Distribution and Thickness (2015-2016)
Contact: Jens Strauss - Jens.Strauss(at)
Application summary

Arctic Coastal Web Implementation: Circum-Arctic Coastal Erosion Database Publication in Anticipation of the Coastal Permafrost in Transition Side Meeting at the ICOP2016 (2015-2016)
Contact: Boris Radosavljevic - Boris.Radosavljevic(at)
Application summary

Specification of a Permafrost Reference Product in Succession of the IPA Map (2013-2016)
Contact: Stephan Gruber - StephanGruber(at)
A final report of this Action Group's activities can be found here: Action Group Report

Permafrost Research Priorities: A Roadmap for the Future (2014-2015)
Contact: Hugues Lantuit - hugues.lantuit(at)
Application summary

Subsea Permafrost Mapping Data Initiative (2012-2014)
Contact: Paul Overduin - Paul.Overduin(at)

New Assessment of the deep Permafrost organic carbon pool using the Northern Circumpolar Soil Carbon Database (2012-2014)
Contact: Gustaf Hugelius - gustaf.hugelius(at)

Permafrost extension during the Last Glacial Maximum in the northern hemisphere and derived mean annual temperatures (2011-2014)
Contact: Jef Vandenberghe - jef.vandenberghe(at)
A final report of this Action Group's activities can be found here: Action Group Report

IPA-IASC-SCAR Workshop on the Global Terrestrial Network on Permafrost user requirements definition (2011-2012)
Contact: Hugues Lantuit - hugues.lantuit(at); Hanne Christiansen - Hanne.Christiansen(at)