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Integrated Ecosystem Research Program

NEW! Request for Proposals

NPRB, in partnership with the North Slope Borough/Shell Baseline Studies Program, announces a Request for Proposals offering a total of $2.2 million to support the Synthesis Phase of the Arctic Integrated Ecosystem Research Program (IERP) and the Assessment Phase of a future IERP that will continue integrated ecosystem research in the Bering and Chukchi Seas, centered in the Northern Bering Sea. Please direct inquiries about this funding opportunity to Danielle Dickson, Senior Program Manager/Chief Officer for Collaboration and Synthesis ( or Dr. Matthew Baker, Science Director ( 

**Proposals must be submitted via NPRB's electronic proposal submission system by 4:00 PM AKST on December 15, 2021**

Informational Webinar

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NPRB will host an informational webinar to introduce the RFP and answer questions from the public. The informational webinar for the IERP Synthesis/Assessment RFP will be on Thursday, October 21 10-11 am AKDT. To join the webinar, follow this link:

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NEW! Important Resources for RFP

List of Interested Parties

NPRB will host a list of interested parties for those seeking potential collaborators. To add your information to the list, please click the link to the form below. Required information includes name, affiliation, email, and brief description of expertise/areas of interest (50 words max.). To view the list, which NPRB will update periodically, click the buttons below.

More Resources

Click on each column below for important information that will help you prepare for the RFP. There are informational webinars, contact info for intersted parties, and links to NPRB's most recent Arctic IERP content (e.g., final reports, brochures, and access to data).

Arctic IERP Data Portal

NPRB strongly encourages the use of data collected via the Arctic Integrated Ecosystem Research Program (2016-2021). Click the button below to access the Arctic IERP data portal developed by Axiom Data Science.

Arctic IERP Data Portal

Arctic IERP Final Report Outlines

The final reports resulting from the Arctic IERP are not yet available. We strongly encourage proposers to review the outlines of the final reports, which include the titles and abstracts of expected chapters, to avoid synthesis proposals that are duplicative of ongoing research.

Arctic IERP Final Reports

Arctic IERP Collaborators

Click the button below to access a list of Arctic IERP collaborators by discipline to seek potential collaborators for your own synthesis proposal.

Arctic IERP Collaborators

Arctic IERP Summary Brochure

Highlights of the significant results of the Arctic IERP may be found in a brochure that may be accessed using the button below.

Arctic Final Summary Brochure

What is an IERP?

NPRB developed the Integrated Ecosystem Research Program (IERP) to support innovative multi-disciplinary research to improve understanding of the complex mechanistic processes that influence the structure and function of marine ecosystems. IERP investigations include, for example, studies of the processes that affect productivity, organize biological communities, shape species interactions, and influence ecosystem services for communities and industry. IERP research is explicitly intended to identify and characterize important ecosystem attributes and processes to improve our ability to forecast and respond to environmental change.

The program promotes collaboration across disciplines (e.g., oceanography, fisheries, social science) and integration across ecosystem components (e.g., physics, chemistry, plankton, invertebrates, fishes, marine birds and mammals, humans). It also advances partnership and exchange among the wide range of entities and institutions responsible for implementing research and management in the North Pacific.

More information can be found in the 2018 NPRB Science Plan.

2018 Science Plan

Three Phases of Integrated Ecosystem Research

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During the assessment phase, existing knowledge is synthesized and research needs are identified.

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Research Implementation

During the research implementation phase, data are collected and integrated analyses are conducted. The research implementation phase is typically five years in duration and includes 2-3 years of field data collection.

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During the synthesis phase, data and ideas that resulted from the research implementation phase are further leveraged to provide an opportunity to address new research questions and conduct integrated analyses that will inform resource management.

How to Partner

NPRB is interested in conducting this research in cooperation with funding partners. Partnership provides NPRB the valuable insights and perspectives of other stakeholders (e.g., resource management agencies, industry, communities) and allows NPRB to effectively leverage resources to support innovative science.

Expressions of interest in partnership should be directed towards Danielle Dickson, Senior Program Manager/Chief Officer for Collaboration and Synthesis (; +1-907-644-6716).

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Past Integrated Ecosystem Research Programs

NPRB has funded three IERPs focused on the Bering Sea, the Gulf of Alaska, and the Arctic and has committed to funding a fourth IERP that will be centered in, but not limited to, the Northern Bering Sea. The intent is to examine processes and dynamics in this region as influenced by adjacent systems. Past programs have been conducted in partnership with National Science Foundation, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, North Slope Borough/Shell Baseline Studies Program, and the Office of Naval Research Marine Mammals & Biology Program. Often, generous in-kind support represents a significant contribution to these programs (e.g., National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, University of Alaska Fairbanks, U.S. Geological Survey). NPRB also coordinates with other entities funding research in similar geographic areas and timeframes and cooperates with coordinating bodies at the national and international level (e.g., Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee, U.S. Arctic Research Commission, Pacific Arctic Group, North Pacific Marine Science Organization). NPRB is interested in exploring new partnerships in the framing, developing, and implementation of the new IERP.