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BOARD AND PANEL NOMINATIONS & Current Funding Available

The North Pacific Research Board (NPRB) is a marine research funding organization dedicated to supporting the best science as it relates to pressing fisheries management issues or marine ecosystem needs. With our rigorous review process that includes peer review, scientific merit, and stakeholder interests, NPRB offers competitive funding opportunities and review processes tailored specifically for Alaska’s important marine ecosystems. Each research program issues Requests for Proposals (RFPs) at various times of the year through our proposal submission system. No match required.

NPRB Board Nominations: Fishing Industry Representative

Updated June, 2024. The North Pacific Research Board (NPRB) is seeking nominations to fill the Fishing Industry seat on the Board that represents the interests of the fishing industry. The fishing industry seat is nominated by the Board and subject to approval and appointment by the Secretary of Commerce. This is a three-year term that would commence once the appointment is made by the Secretary of Commerce, after October 2024.

The deadline for receipt of application materials is Thursday, August 1, 2024.


In 2008, NPRB started a photo contest to draw attention to the importance of Alaska’s marine ecosystems. NPRB was especially interested in photographs depicting coastal and offshore seascapes, marine life, marine science, and how people connect with Alaska’s waters. Through photography and other media, NPRB has been able to better tell our story and impact. For 2024 and beyond, NPRB has rebranded the 2024 Photography Awards to be bigger and better with more cash awards and categories to enter.


Core Program

Annual Funding

NPRB releases a new RFP each year addressing relevant, timely, and specific research priorities important to our mission. Federal, state, academic, not for profit, private sector and coastal community entities are eligible to apply. Annual funding for this program has ranged from $3.5 million to $14 million, supporting nearly 500 projects from 100 different national and international organizations.

Graduate Student Research Awards

Annual Funding

NPRB offers a competitive Graduate Student Research Award in the amount of $26,000 to qualified Master’s and Doctoral level students. Awards are granted to address scientific, technological, and socioeconomic issues relating to the research themes identified in the 2018 NPRB Science Plan. Students are limited to one award per degree. 


Annual Funding


NPRB has long recognized the need to pair its world-class funded research with equally robust communication, education, and outreach initiatives. NPRB encourages creative, appropriate outreach plans that provide value to stakeholders and target audiences. Research proposals funded through the Core Program are invited to apply for up to $20,000 in a separate Outreach sub-award, independent of the Core-funded engagement strategy.

Northern Bering Sea Integrated Ecosystem Research Program

The North Pacific Research Board (NPRB) anticipates issuing a solicitation for pre-proposals in October 2023 for an Integrated Ecosystem Research Program (IERP) that will support integrated research in the Bering and Chukchi Seas, centered in the Northern Bering Sea. Approximately $6.5 million dollars have been made available by NPRB for this research program. Funding partners may bring additional resources.


Long-Term Monitoring

Annual Funding | Not Currently Available

Long-term time series information is critical to understanding the current state of marine systems and to detect and predict how those conditions change. Data gaps can severely limit the value of retrospective studies. Through its long-term monitoring program, NPRB commits substantial funds to continue support for the collection of time series data.