Providing funding and research opportunities as they relate to pressing fishery management issues and important ecosystem information needs

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About NPRB

Alaska coastal intertidal zone

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Enabling Legislation

The North Pacific Research Board (NPRB) was created by Congress under Title IV of H.R. 2107, signed into law on November 14, 1997 as P.L. 105-83 and codified as 43 U.S.C. §1474d.  The Board was established in 2001. The Board is authorized to recommend marine research to the Secretary of Commerce to be funded through a competitive grant program using part of the interest earned from the Environmental Improvement and Restoration Fund (EIRF) created under 43 U.S.C. §1474d. The EIRF was part of a large settlement by the U.S. Supreme Court pertaining to a land dispute in the Arctic known as Dinkum Sands. The enabling legislation requires the funds to be used to conduct research on or relating to the fisheries or marine ecosystems in the North Pacific Ocean, Bering Sea, and Arctic Ocean. NPRB must strive to avoid duplicating other research and must emphasize research designed to address pressing fishery management issues or marine ecosystem information needs.


Building a clear understanding of the Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands, and Chukchi/Beaufort Seas that enables effective management and sustainable use of marine resources.


To develop a comprehensive science program of the highest caliber that provides a better understanding of the North Pacific, Bering Sea, and Arctic Ocean ecosystems and their fisheries. The work of the NPRB will be conducted through science planning, prioritization of pressing fishery management and ecosystem information needs, coordination and cooperation among research programs, competitive selection of research projects, enhanced information availability, and public involvement. 

NPRB Strategic Plan 2019-2024


To facilitate and fund research to increase understanding of North Pacific marine ecosystems and sustainable use of their fisheries and other resources.


The NPRB will be a broadly influential force in collaborative marine research, balancing the most pressing fishery management and ecosystem information needs of the North Pacific.

Supporting Goals


Improve understanding of North Pacific marine ecosystem dynamics and use of the resources.


Foster cooperation with other entities conducting research and management in the North Pacific, and work toward common goals for North Pacific marine ecosystems.


Improve ability to forecast and respond to effects of changes, through integration of various research activities, including long-term monitoring.


Improve ability to manage and protect the healthy, sustainable fish and wildlife populations comprising of the ecologically diverse marine ecosystems of the North Pacific, and provide long-term benefits to local communities and the nation.


Support high quality projects that promise long- term results as well as those with more immediate applicability.

More than Funding

NPRB is not just a granting agency, but plays an important leadership role in identifying science, management, and monitoring needs. The board and staff manage and coordinate dynamic and scientifically sound research and monitoring programs. NPRB also supports a robust communication and outreach component; each successfully funded project is required to have dedicated education and outreach resources. The board is viewed as a source of unbiased, high quality scientific information.

Board of Directors

NPRB comprises a 20 member board, representing Federal, State, and other entitites. Receiving advice from selected Science and Advisory Panels, the Board recommends marine research priorities to the Secretary of Commerce, placing a priority on cooperative research that addresses pressing fishery management issues and important ecosystem information needs.

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Science Panel

There are up to 19 members on NPRB's Science Panel. Members are selected by the Board for their expertise, broad perspective, experience, and leadership. The panel helps shape NPRB research programs, advises science planning, identifies research priorities, and develops recommendations for research funding based upon requests for proposals.

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Advisory Panel

The Advisory Panel is composed of 12 members selected by the Board to provide experience and perspective as community members and representatives to various resource user groups (e.g., commercial fishing, subsistence use, and oil and gas). The panel provides a mechanism for meaningful stakeholder involvement in science planning, oversight, and review.

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Financials: Total Research Programs

Since 2002 | $106,095,398

Financials: By Large Marine Ecosystem

Since 2002  |  Total Research Programs

Funding Amount & Projects Awarded By Institution

Since 2002  |  Total Research Programs

Total Percent Funded

Since 2002  |  Combined for IERPs

Current Biennial Report | 2019-2020

This biennial report marks 18 years of North Pacific Research Board support for marine research in Alaska’s waters, and celebrates the publication of the 2018 Science Plan. NPRB continues to set the standard for funding high quality marine research that sparks scientific inquiry and informs a wide range of users. Since 2002, NPRB has supported three major integrated ecosystem research programs, over 430 multi-annual projects, 62 graduate students, three long-term monitoring projects, and activities that provide the infrastructure to conduct and communicate science. 

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Meeting Summaries

Summaries from past meetings can be downloaded below:

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Year Science Panel Advisory Panel Board & Executive Committee
2020 August 18 | April 2 September 15 | April 13 September 22 | April 22
2019 August 21 | March 26 September 11 | April 23 September 18 | April 30
2018 August 21 | March 26 September 11 | April 23 September 18 | April 30
2017 August 24 | March 31 September 13 | April 27 December 13 | September 18 | May 4
2016 August 23 | April 1 September 13 | April 28 September 19 | May 6
2015 August 28 | April 2 September 17 | April 30 September 25 | May 7
2014 August 27 | April 4 September 18 | April 30 September 26 | May 2
2013 August 22 | April 19 September 12 | May 10 September 20 | May 17
2012 August 16 | April 10 September 7 | April 30 September 13 | May 7
2011 August 15 | April 11 September 13 | April 26 September 19 | April 27
2010 August 23 | April 13 September 20 | May 3 September 22 | August 25 | July 14 | June 18 | May 4 | January 6
2009 April 15 September 15 | April 27 September 17 | May 29 | April 29 | March 2
2008 August 26 | April 15 September 9 | April 28 September 15 | April 30
2007 August 29 | April 10 September 25 | April 23 December 18 | September 27 | June 26 | April 25
2006 August 29 | March 14 September 11 | March 27 December 5 | October 18 | September 20 | March 29
2005 August 22 | March 2 September 20 | March 14 September 22 | May 13 | March 15
2004 September 13 | July 20
March 2 | January 15
September 27 | July 27
March 15 | January 26
September 29 | July 29
March 17 | January 27
2003 August 25 | March 3 September 29 | May 19 October 1 | May 20
March 18
2002     October 30 | June 2 | March 21 | March 1 | February 2
2001     May 30 | April 9 | February 6 & March 9

Policies & Procedures

NPRB strives to implement a science program of the highest quality. To maintain this high quality research, NPRB has implemented procedures for reviewing proposals, avoiding conflicts of interest, reviewing final reports, and protecting confidential information. They are published in NPRB’s standard operating procedures and are revised as necessary. Prior to submitting a proposal, please review this documentation. For successful proposals, specific documentation, such as semi-annual progress reports and annual reports, may be found in NPRB's specific research program (e.g., Core Program).

Metadata & Data Policy

The metadata from all NPRB funded projects are made available to the public generally within six months after the project is completed. Data files are also archived with NPRB when projects are complete, but do not become public for two years (researchers may make special requests for a longer archive period).

Conflict of Interest Policy

The board has approved of a Conflict of Interest Policy effective May 2021 that applies to the board, science and advisory panels, and staff. The policy requires that meeting attendees must review the policy at the beginning of the first regular meeting of every calendar year. All participants must sign a statement asserting that they have read, understand, and agree to comply with the policy. Policy revisions will occur over time to support a workable process informed by the best available science. The revisions will be informed by the conflict of interest policy working group, the science and advisory panels, and voted on by the board.

Conflict of Interest Policy

Confidentiality of Information

Research proposals shall be deemed proprietary and confidential until the board approves them for funding. Funded proposals may be released to the public after the data embargo period of two years. Unfunded proposals remain proprietary and confidential, however, project title, author(s), funds requested, duration, and proposal summary pages will be made public.

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Intellectual Property Clause

NPRB complies with federal requirements for protection of intellectual property (including patents, inventions, and copyrights), as promulgated in Title 35, Chapter 18, of United States Code. The requirements are based on the Bayh-Dole Act for which the Department of Commerce is the lead implementing agency. Chapter VII, Section 730, of the NSF Grant Policy Manual incorporates the federal requirements.

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Subaward Compliance Policy

The Subaward Compliance Policy was finalized in March 2009. It is based on federal law that governs award agreements and on comments received on an interim compliance policy from NOAA’s Federal Law Assistance Division, the National Science Foundation, and grants managers from five major research institutions. This policy will be appended to all requests for proposals prior to 2009 and is a part of new subaward agreements thereafter.

Subaward Compliance Policy

Meeting Procedures

NPRB adopted a Statement of Organization, Practices and Procedures in October 2002, and revised it in September 2005, December 2008, and October 2016, October 2018, and October 2020. For detailed information about specific procedures, including voting, visit the link below.

Meeting Procedures

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