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Looking to get involved with NPRB? We want to hear from you. Please direct any questions or information requests you may have about the North Pacific Research Board in the email below.

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NPRB maintains an office in Anchorage, AK located on 1007 West 3rd Ave, Suite 100. For general inquiries use the form above or use our general email to get in touch. Connect with our social media channels to stay informed with current NPRB news and events.

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1007 West 3rd Ave, Suite 100,
Anchorage, AK 99577

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Frequently Asked Questions

The NPRB staff provides support to the Board, panels and principal investigators engaged in research. As such, we receive many questions about operations, funding, etc. We have compiled a list below that may be of help.


Congress created the North Pacific Research Board under Title IV of H.R. 2107, and President Clinton signed it into law on November 14, 1997 as P.L. 105-83 and codified as 43 U.S.C. 1474d. Funds are distributed by the U.S. Department of Commerce in two-year grants to NPRB. However, NPRB remains a semi-quasi federal institutionality. 


The Board is composed of 20 members, ten of whom are ex-officio representatives with no official term length. Nine seats are held by members appointed by the Secretary of Commerce from nominations provided by the governors of Alaska, Washington, and Oregon. The final seat is appointed by the Secretary of Commerce to represent fishing interests.


NPRB has defined the North Pacific marine ecosystems in its most recent Science Plan. These include the Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands, Chukchi Sea, Beaufort Sea, and the processes in the North Pacific and Arctic Ocean basins.

Do You Fund International Research?

Most of our programs fund international research. Only the Graduate Student Awards have funding restrictions only to those applying from U.S. accredited universities or colleges.

Are NPRB Meetings Open to the Public?

Our Science and Advisory Panel meetings are not open to the public. However, our Board meetings are. An on-line agenda is posted a week before each Board meeting that discloses the sessions that are open and closed-door sessions.

Where Can I find Information about Past Projects?

NPRB is developing a Project Search tool that compiles research from all our programs. Search geographically, keyword, or by research priority. Stay tuned as we release more details about this exiting addition to the website.

How Do I Apply For FUnding?

Each NPRB research program has its own defined Request for Proposal (RFP) process. The Core Program, Graduate Student Research Awards, and Outreach Programs issue a new RFP annually. Visit each program page for more details.

How can I get involved with NPRB?

NPRB has several ways stakeholders can get involved. We are always in need of quality peer reviewers to review proposals, scientists and professionals who want to serve on our Science and Advisory Panels, and those who would like to volunteer for the Alaska Marine Science Symposium (AMSS). AMSS is NPRB’s largest public event held annually each January.

Looking for Alaska Marine Science Symposium?

Go to for details.

WHo we are

General Info

NPRB is a marine research organization that supports pressing fishery management issues or marine ecosystem needs.

Reports & Publications

More than 600 peer-reviewed publications have been produced through NPRB-funded research. Browse our reports here.


A 20 member Board, representing Federal, State, and other entitites receiving advice from Science and Advisory Panels.


Looking to partner? NPRB welcomes partnerships to co-fund research in areas of common interest and across its programs.

Outreach & Engagement

NPRB engages with a broad and diverse set of Alaskan stakeholders and audiences, from coastal communities to academia.


Supporting the Board, Science, and Advisory Panels for funding decisions, science priorities, recommendations, and program management.

Funding Available

The Core Program offers year-round funding with flexible rolling submission options.


NPRB staff begins developing draft research priorities for the Core Program in late July and August. Submit before July 2nd to be considered for the current year’s RFP development. 

Our Programs

Science Foundation

Research programs addressing pressing fishery management issues and Alaska marine ecosystem information needs.

Integrated Ecosystem Research

These are large-scale interdisciplinary ecosystem-based programs, requiring multiple agency coordination, collaboration, and investigation.

Outreach Program

Science communication, engagement, outreach, and education initiatives for NPRB programs.


A competitive, peer-reviewed annual request for proposal (RFP) process dedicated to Alaska marine research.




Supporting next generation scientists, researchers, and resource managers to further studies in marine science and to our mission.

Long-Term Monitoring

These are new or existing time-series projects that enhance the ability to understand the current state of marine ecosystems.

Examining how physical changes in the ocean influenced the flow of energy through the marine food web in the Bering Strait, Chukchi Sea, and western Beaufort Sea.

Studying the survival and recruitment of five focal groundfish species (Pacific cod, Pacific ocean perch, walleye pollock, arrowtooth flounder, sablefish) during their first year of life.

Understanding the impacts of climate change and dynamic sea ice cover on the eastern Bering Sea ecosystem in partnership with the National Science Foundation.


Bering Sea

COMING SOON! Focusing on the northern Bering Sea and will include consideration of upstream and downstream ecosystems in the southeastern Bering Sea, western Bering Sea, and Chukchi Sea.

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