May 13, 2015

Strong Proposal Year Yields Record Funding Request

Tags: Core Program

The North Pacific Research Board (NPRB) has approved a funding request to support 33 proposals for the Annual Research Program. Not since 2007 has NPRB sought to support this many proposals for the annual program. This also marked the first time that successful proposals eclipsed the $7 million mark. In 2006, the funding amount came close—45 projects were funded totaling $6.7 million—but on average, NPRB supports about $4.5 million each year.

This year was one of the toughest years to award proposals because of the excellent caliber of so many of the submissions. According to Dr. Thomas Royer, science panel chair, “more than half of the proposals received were ranked in the top tier.” With such high quality proposals, Royer added that, “the Board had a very difficult time selecting specific proposals to be funded from this group.”

Earlier this spring, the science panel reviewed the 105 proposals that were submitted to the 2015 RFP along with their supporting peer reviews. The principal investigators or co-investigators that submitted proposals represented over 40 institutions, organizations, or state/federal agencies. Each proposal received a tier rank assigned by the science panel based upon its scientific merit. The Board considered these rankings and the proposal’s stakeholder relevance as determined by the advisory panel before arriving at their final decisions.

NPRB will submit the funding request of $6.99 million to the Secretary of Commerce for approval. The Secretary of Commerce will ensure that the project recommendations are consistent with the terms of the NPRB grant award, federal law, and enabling legislation.

Individual award notifications, pending Secretary of Commerce approval, will be issued in the coming week. For more information about the Annual Research Program, click here.