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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.Download
Summaries from past meetings can be downloaded below:
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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).