• Proposals accepted anytime


  • Amount: $300,000 - $800,000


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.

The Core program is structured with four APPROACHES and five main research CATEGORIES. The five 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.

Main Categories:

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

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

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.

Eligibility & Submission Requirements

Proposals to the 2020 Core Program can be submitted at any time.  Please note that the NPRB releases a new Core Program RFP every October, which may vary from the previous year’s program.  

Responding proposals are firm offers and shall remain open for the NPRB to accept any time before December 31, 2020.

Contact Information

Jo-Ann Mellish

Senior Program Manager and Chief Grants and Planning Officer (Core and Graduate Student Research Award Programs)


Telephone: (907) 644-6712