The North Pacific Research Board (NPRB) supports peer-reviewed scientific research in the Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands, and Chukchi/Beaufort Seas that informs effective management and sustainable use of marine resources.
The board relies upon input from external reviewers and its science and advisory panels to fund the most meritorious science projects that address pressing fishery management and ecosystem information needs. Proposals are selected for funding through the annual research program or the long-term monitoring program. NPRB also develops and implements multi-institution, interdisciplinary science projects under the integrated ecosystem research program to create a more integrated understanding of Alaska’s ocean ecosystems. Current regional projects include the Gulf of Alaska Project and the Bering Sea Project. Additionally, NPRB administers a graduate student research award program that encourages students to pursue scientific and scholarly research that addresses management issues in northern seas. Qualified masters and doctoral students may apply for one of six awards of $25,000 each.
Coordination, Collaboration and Communication
In an effort to avoid duplicating other research activities, NPRB is committed to cooperative efforts. NPRB has formal agreements with other agencies to jointly identify time-sensitive science, management and monitoring needs. When establishing NPRB’s research priorities, the board also draws upon planning documents released by a wide range of scientific and resource management entities.
Additionally, the board is committed to including stakeholders in project development, research and reporting. NPRB’s robust communications program shares research with a broad range of audiences within the scientific community and beyond.