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Request For Proposals


Proposals undergo four stages of review, including independent peer review, the NPRB Science and Advisory Panels. The Board determines final funding recommendations to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce based on these reviews. In 2018, the Board adopted a rolling submission format for Core Program funding.

Rolling Submission FAQs

RFP Suggestions

NPRB staff begins developing draft research priorities for the annual RFP in late July and August. If you have ideas for research that you think merit consideration in next year’s RFP, please complete this short form. Suggestions made before June 30th will be considered for the current year’s RFP development. Suggestions received after this date will be considered for the following year.

2022 RFP Release

The annual request for proposals (RFP) was released on September 28, 2021. For this current release, NPRB has adopted a rolling submission format for Core Program funding. Click on the link above for more details about rolling submissions. Proposals may be submitted at any time.

RFP Resources

As research, fisheries management, and stakeholder interests have changed since 2002, our RFPs have evolved to reflect these changes. See how each RFP has aligned with our Science Plan.

2022 Outreach Award

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NPRB financially supports principal investigators in their communication of scientific results, education, and outreach initiatives. This is an important way for NPRB to engage with stakeholders and inform multiple audiences about NPRB-funded science. 

Core Program research proposals selected for funding under the 2022 RFP will be invited to apply for up to $20,000 to support outreach-specific efforts. All funded projects will be expected to have at least one team member participate in a communications workshop at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium.


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RFP Templates

When submiting a full proposal to the Core Program, you will be asked to complete a series of online forms and upload required files. Applicants must use templates for all sections for which they are supplied. Proposals that do not use the templates will not proceed beyond the initial screening

Complete the templates below and upload them in the appropriate place in the online application. Additional templates are generated by the system as your information is provided. You will have the ability to update any information you have provided at any time prior to the deadline and before your final submission. 

Budget Templates

Budget Detail Template  |  For RFP and Outreach Proposal

Important Info

Engagement Strategy

Strong links to communities and stakeholders are expected of all proposals, regardless of the type of study. Proposals for research engaging or impacting Alaskan communities are encouraged to include a letter of support from the appropriate local or tribal governing bodies at the time of submission. All funded projects will be expected to have at least one team member participate in a communications workshop at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium. 

RFP Special Focus Sections

While the focus section topic varies (and may not be present in every RFP), it highlights pressing research needs for fisheries management or ecosystem issues.

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General Proposal FAQs

Who can apply?

All federal, state, private, and foreign organizations are eligible. Recipient organizations must have a DUNS number and must have an active registration in, before any award can be made. Recipient organizations required to have a single or program-specific audit will be required to submit a copy of their most recent single or program-specific audit for review.

What if I have collaborators from more than one institution?

There can be multiple organizations included on a single proposal. Each institution will require a Principal Investigator. One institution will be designated the Lead institution, with a lead PI who is responsible for the oversight of the entire package. A single proposal package is submitted through the lead institution, however, budget narrative and summaries must be filled out for each institution which will receive funds. There is also a signature page required for each institution that will be generated at the time of proposal submission. It is the responsibility of the lead institution to upload all of these signature pages. If awarded, each institution will receive a subaward from NPRB for the monetary component outlined in the proposal.

How many proposals can I submit and/or be included on?

There is no limit.

How many years can a project be?

Projects are typically 1-4 years.

How soon can I start my project?

Project start dates should be no less than 12 months from proposal submission date.

What is the funding cap for my proposal?

Funding caps are the total target amount available for that category unless otherwise noted. 

How is NPRB funding distributed?

NPRB awards are structured as reimbursable funds with quarterly invoicing.

Do I have to go to AMSS every year?

We encourage all PIs to include funds in their budget to attend the Alaska Marine Science Symposium every year, especially towards the completion of your project to present your final results.