North Pacific Research Board RFP

North Pacific Research Board

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Grant amount: Up to US $1,000,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Organizations

Funding uses: Research, Project / Program

Location of project: Canada, Alaska

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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NOTE: Proposals may be submitted at any time. Proposals that have completed external peer review will proceed to Panel and Board consideration. Funding decisions will be made twice a year, at the spring and fall Board meetings. 

The North Pacific Research Board (NPRB) was established by the U.S. Congress to recommend marine research to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. The enabling legislation states: “The Board shall seek to avoid duplicating other research activities and shall place a priority on cooperative research efforts designed to address pressing fishery management or marine ecosystem information needs. Approved research projects are funded through a competitive grant program, using a portion of the interest earned from the Environmental Improvement and Restoration Fund. These funds must be used to conduct research activities on, or relating to, fisheries and marine ecosystems in the North Pacific Ocean, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands, Gulf of Alaska, and Arctic. NPRB prioritizes research that improves understanding of marine ecosystems and enhances effective fishery management and sustainable use of marine resources.”

CATEGORY Proposal cap Category target

  • Oceanography and Productivity
    • Proposal cap $600,000
    • Category target $600,000
  • Fishes and Invertebrates
    • Proposal cap $600,000
    • Category target $1,100,000
  • Marine Birds and Mammals
    • Proposal cap $850,000
    • Category target $800,000
  • Human Dimensions 
    • Proposal cap $300,000
    • Category target $300,000
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
    • Proposal cap $400,000
    • Category target $400,000
  • Focus Section: Human Dimensions & Change
    • Proposal cap $300,000
    • Category target $300,000
  • Focus Section: Cold Pool Dynamics
    • Proposal cap $500,000
    • Category target$500,000

Funding limits apply to the entire project, not per year. All categories and funding cycles are subject to change in future RFPs.

Research may be conducted within any of the large marine ecosystems relevant to Alaska (i.e., Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands, and Chukchi and Beaufort seas). There may be specific geographic focus for a given category or topic. Applicants should familiarize themselves with current and previous related NPRB projects ( to avoid duplication. Projects that align with the Arctic Integrated Ecosystem Research Program will be expected to collaborate and share data. Applicants will have the option during the proposal process to be considered for cofunding through a collaborative arrangement with the Oil Spill Recovery Institute (OSRI). If selected, project reports will be shared with OSRI and any publication must include acknowledgement of the joint support provided. 

Program Description

The Core program is structured with four APPROACHES and four main research CATEGORIES. The four main CATEGORIES are described in general topics and issues of particular interest. General topics of interest represent long-term priorities that will remain constant over time. Issues of particular interest highlight new or pressing concerns derived from community input that change on an annual basis. All topics and issues are of equal priority. Studies may address components of multiple categories, but proposals will only be considered for funding under the category identified during the submission process. Collaborative research proposals that leverage external funding sources, utilize external logistical support, or enhance ongoing projects are encouraged.

Proposals under any main research category are encouraged to incorporate one or more of the four APPROACHES described below to qualify for additional recognition


  • Community Involvement
  • Cooperative Research with Industry
  • Technology Development
  • Data Rescue

Main Categories

  • Oceanography and Productivity
  • Fishes and Invertebrates
  • Marine Birds and Mammals 
  • Human Dimensions
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Focus Section:
    • Human Dimensions and Change 
    • Cold Pool Dynamics

See the RFP for full details of these approaches & categories. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Eligibility: Any federal, state, private or foreign institution