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Outreach
Program

NPRB financially supports principal investigators in their communication of scientific results, education, and outreach initiatives. This is an important way for NPRB to engage with stakeholders and inform multiple audiences about NPRB-funded science.

About the Program

NPRB has long recognized the need to pair its world-class funded research with equally robust communication, education, and outreach initiatives. These initiatives not only communicate its brand and identity to stakeholders, but also directly support education and outreach efforts by principal investigators funded through each research program. Placing such an emphasis on scientific communication and outreach continues to be one of NPRB’s distinctive organizational attributes.

NPRB requires that all requests for proposals in each of the research programs include a certain level of stakeholder and/or community involvement as well as outreach. In 2017, NPRB formalized an Outreach Program that oversees general NPRB communication, manages Outreach initiatives for the Integrated Research Programs (IERPs) and Long-term Monitoring Program, and provides direct funding up to $130,000 annually for Core-funded proposals.

How to Apply

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. Learn more below.

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PROGRAM DETAILS

The Outreach Program was formalized in 2017, but NPRB has had a long-standing history of supporting outreach and engagement initiatives and activities. With such diverse stakeholders in Alaska, it is more important than ever to inform, engage, and inspire.

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program REQUIREMENTS

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL APPLICANTS AND FUNDED AWARDEES. NPRB follows federal and financial reporting guidelines in compliance with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

 

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How to Apply


The Outreach RFP is released each spring and modified in the fall for updated deadlines. Outreach subwards are available only to Core-funded projects in the same calendar year and are due 90 days after Core-funding notification.

Important Outreach RFP Details

NPRB encourages creative, appropriate outreach plans that provide value to stakeholders and target audiences. With each call for proposals, NPRB challenges investigators to be creative, think about levels of consistent engagement, and develop attainable goals for assessment when building education and outreach plans. Proposals undergo four stages of rigorous review, including NPRB staff review and Board appointed Science and Advisory Panels. The Board determines final funding recommendations to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce based on these reviews. Strong links to communities and stakeholders are expected of all proposals. Proposals engaging or impacting Alaskan communities are encouraged to include a letter of support from the appropriate local or tribal governing bodies at the time of submission.

All outreach proposals will be reviewed by NPRB staff and Panels based on several criteria. Not
all criteria need to be fulfilled for consideration of the outreach subaward. These criteria include, but are
not limited to or ordered in priority: innovation; extensiveness; applicability to target audience(s); return on investment; long-term impacts; effectiveness; linkage to Core-funded project; evaluation metrics.

Review Process

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NPRB STaff Review

Only Core-funded research proposals can submit to the Outreach RFP within 90-days of Core notification. NPRB staff provide the first review of Outreach proposals. Staff were elected by the Board to serve as the first review for Outreach proposals. 

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Science Panel Review

The Science Panel expertise includes disciplines of oceanography, ecosystem dynamics, fish ecology, marine birds and mammals, fisheries management, socioeconomics, and social science.

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Advisory Panel Review

NPRB values stakeholder input from across Alaska representing the three large marine ecosystems. The panel reviews proposals for geographic importance and relevance to various resource user groups.

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Board Review

The Board considers proposals twice a year in a rolling submission format. Using Science and Advisory Panel reviews, along with staff reviews, the Board makes funding decisions that are best aligned with the Board’s mission and vision.

Key Features

Granted to a Single Organization

NPRB recognizes that science, outreach, and engagement are distinctly different initiatives. The Outreach subward is not restricted to the lead organization of the successful Core research proposal. This can allow scientists to do what they do best, and outreach and engagement professionals to theirs.

Funding Availability & Eligibility

The Outreach Program releases a new RFP annually, with funding decisions made twice a year by the Board. A total of $130,000 is available annually with a maximum funding availability for individual projects capped at $20,000. Any federal, state, tribal, private or foreign institution awarded Core Program funding or their designated outreach entity are eligible.

suggestions for outreach deliverables

Fact sheets and/or a webpage describing the project are not acceptable forms of standalone outreach plans. University student research, publications in peer-reviewed journals, or presentations at scientific conferences do not fulfill the outreach conditions.

Assessment Metrics & Outcomes

NPRB is interested in the success of your outreach initiatives. Included in the RFP are sections that are required to expand upon how your project will be measured for success and what type of outcomes you hope to achieve with your outreach.

Budget Detail Template

When submitting a full proposal to the Outreach Program, you will be asked to complete a series of online forms and upload required files. Applicants must use templates for all sections where applicable. Proposals that do not use the templates will not proceed beyond the initial screening.

Outreach Program
Details


Since 2002, NPRB has supported principal investigators in their communication of scientific results, education, and outreach projects. As research programs evolved and expanded, so too has the Outreach Program. Approximately $2 million have been invested in education and outreach deliverables since NPRB’s
inception.

Outreach Program evolution

In 2002, NPRB began requiring outreach and education initiatives in Core-funded projects. By 2004, that requirement grew to a $2,000 minimum requirement for each proposal where that amount remained until 2017. With the introduction of Long-term Monitoring Programs and Integrated Ecosystem Research Programs, it became clear that a minimum investment approach needed to be re-evaluated. NPRB redesigned the education and outreach components to allow applicants from the Core Program to develop a separate, but linked, outreach proposal. The scientific community, Board, and Panels favored this shift, and as a result, NPRB adopted a separate Outreach RFP in 2018 for successful Core-funded recipients.

Since the Outreach Program’s inception, we have strived to become broader, more inclusive, and place emphasis on the mutual and effective exchange of scientific information. The program has broadened its scope considerably to enhance, strengthen, and develop outreach initiatives that mirror the long-standing excellence of NPRB’s Research Programs.

inform. engage. inspire.

These are the three pillars of stakeholder involvement that define how the Communications and Outreach Program functions, and how NPRB will incorporate scientific communication moving forward. The objectives below were designed with those pillars in mind and to: 1) be long-standing; 2) maximize customer involvement and experience; 3) place greater emphasis on stakeholder engagement; and 4) be more aligned with NPRB’s mission and vison. Strategies and tactics developed for each objective are flexible, have “objective overlap,” and factor cost-effective and creative solutions to improve stakeholder engagement and NPRB’s return on investment in communication and outreach.

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Improve the quality, delivery, and assessment of education and outreach

NPRB places emphasis on education and outreach within its research programs, and challenges investigators to craft their stakeholder engagement and outreach plans for greater impact and effectiveness. Outreach is becoming an increasingly significant factor in the competitive process of research funding as more emphasis is placed on quality and assessment of outreach plans.

strengthen engagement and relationships with stakeholders and audiences

Community involvement is a longstanding tenet of NPRB research development. It provides direct stakeholder participation in the science considered for funding. NPRB is further developing opportunities for active engagement and evaluation of effective communication strategies and outreach products as they relate to specific stakeholders and target audience groups.

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Steward resources effectively while providing access to information about nprb and it's funded science

NPRB has established a reputation for producing high quality scientific information in various publication formats. NPRB is poised to deliver that same level of production in multiple media channels to its diverse audiences, using both print and digital resources. Producing cost-effective, audience-appropriate, quality solutions that yield measurable return on investment is a key consideration as production costs continue to increase.

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enhance reputation, visibility, and identity of nprb and it's funded science

NPRB will enhance its visibility and brand identity by building on new stakeholders and stakeholder alignments, new digital communication channels, and new marketing platforms.

tell the north Pacific Research board story

Each project NPRB supports has a story, but it is the collective narrative they create that defines NPRB’s own unique story. Outreach staff are creatively engaging with investigators, improving documentation of their research, and producing multi-media products that provide a coordinated voice of NPRB from different stakeholder perspectives.

Outreach Program
Requirements

NPRB has streamlined our reporting mechanisms to allow our PIs to spend more of their valuable time on the their outreach products and deliverables. This online system is a portal for submission of semi-annual reports, final report, project summary for the interested public, and metadata (described separately below).

The final 10% of funds for a completed project will not be released until these reporting requirements have been approved by NPRB.
Program Reporting
Financial Reporting
Metadata & Data
Policies & Publications
Other Info

Progress Reports

Progress reports are due July 31 (from January through June) and January 31 (from July through December) for the duration of the project. If a progress report due date falls within six months prior to the project end date, no progress report will be due. Progress reports should be submitted to progress.reports@nprb.org with the project number in the subject line (e.g., NPRB Project 1310 Progress Report Jan 2015). Projects funded in 2015 and later should use the Ocean Workspace for report submission.

FINAL REPORTS

A final report is due 60 days after the project end date. Final reports should be submitted to joann.mellish@nprb.org with the project number in the subject line (e.g., 708 Final Report Jan 2015).

PRoject FACT SHEET

Communicating marine science to a general audience is an important skill, and one we value at NPRB. PIs are required to submit a project profile summarizing key aspects of their completed project. Along with images, video, and other submitted media, NPRB constructs an information sheet to best tell the story for each project—the “5 W’s” and How!

Financial
Reporting

NPRB funds are federal with a CFDA number of 11.472. Federal grant rules apply, including the Fly America Act. Projects are supported on a reimbursable basis, with invoices for expenditures due on a quarterly schedule. A financial report form, pre-populated from the accepted statement of work, is provided at the time of release of funds. Due dates for timely reimbursement are January 31st, April 30th, July 30th, and October 31st. Final invoices must be submitted within 60 days of the project end date and be clearly marked ‘Final’. Invoices will not be paid if programmatic reporting is delinquent. Failure to submit the final invoice within this period constitutes a complete waiver of all claims by the Subrecipient to any amounts not previously invoiced.

Contact Our Fiscal Agent

The Alaska SeaLife Center is the North Pacific Research Board's fiscal agent. Contact Tara Miller or (907) 224-6372 for all financial matters. Invoices should be submitted electronically, or by mail:

c/o Tara Miller
Alaska SeaLife Center
PO Box 1329
Seward, AK 99664

Budget Request Change

Reallocation of funds between or among the direct cost categories in the subawardee's NPRB Budget Summary Form in Appendix 1 must be approved in writing by NPRB prior to any such reallocated expenditure occurring, if that reallocation exceeds ten percent of the total subaward budget amount.

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Projects with One Subaward Agreement

Reallocation of funds between direct cost categories requires approval only if the cumulative amount of budget reallocations is greater than 10% of the total budget amount. If you need to exceed this 10% threshold, you must request approval from NPRB. You can reallocate between years within a single cost category without needing to request approval.

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Projects with multiple Subaward Agreements

The "10% threshold" stated above refers to the total amount (cumulative across budget categories) being reallocated per institution.

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Budget request change example

A project has a total budget of $100,000. $80,000 goes to Organization 1; $20,000 goes to Organization 2. Organization 1 needs to request approval only if its cumulative budget reallocation is more than $8,000, and Organization 2 only if its reallocation exceeds $2,000. So the 10% is at the institute or awardee level; not at the overall project level, and also not at the individual budget category level.

Metadata & Data

Principal investigators who have completed NPRB-funded research are required to provide datasets and metadata records for all data collected under NPRB grants as per the NPRB Metadata and Data Policy. These files are due within 60 days of the project end date. NPRB has teamed with Axiom Data Science to best manage data transfer and metadata submission. The NPRB online project workspace is designed to facilitate project management, data storage, security, collaboration, and reporting. The workspace is also linked to this public website where users can obtain general information about each project.

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.

Sub-award Compliance Policy

Metadata & Data Policy

Intellectual property clause

Confidentialy of Information

Publications

NPRB should be acknowledged in all publications, articles, or media releases derived from NPRB-funded projects. For scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals, we issue NPRB publication numbers for inclusion in the acknowledgement section of your manuscript. This number should appear in the acknowledgment section of your manuscript.

Contact NPRB at the acceptance stage of any peer-reviewed publication that was funded, in whole or in part, by NPRB funding. Submit a .pdf of your manuscript to our publication library here

No-Cost Extension Request

NPRB staff consider no-cost extensions on a case-by-case basis, with no guarantee of approval. Submit requests for a no-cost extensions at least 30 days before the end of the project period. Send your request to Jo-Ann Mellish, Program Manager.

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Justification for an extension

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A brief narrative summary of funds that are expected to be remaining at the current ending date

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Your requested new ending date with an updated timeline for completion based on your requested end date

Foreign Travel

Because NPRB funds originate with the Department of Commerce, NOAA must approve all foreign travel that occurs on NPRB grants. The approval process can take up to eight weeks, so please make your request as early as possible.

Requests must include: Full name of the meeting/conference, Itinerary (including dates of travel, dates of meeting/conference), Estimated costs for Airfare, Lodging ($xx/night for x nights), Meals ($xx/day fro x days), Registration, Ground transportation, Mileage, Other,and a short Justification. The Fly America Act applies to all travel using NPRB funding. A U.S. flag air carrier is required on every portion of a flight route unless qualified for a waiver.

If foreign travel was specified in your original project budget, the overall release of funds for your project will exclude the foreign travel funds. Each foreign travel trip must be approved individually. E-mail requests for foreign travel to Jo-Ann Mellish and Kristin Thoresen.

Select Your Option Below:

Reports
Financial
Metadata
Policies
Other

Progress Reports

Progress reports are due July 31 (from January through June) and January 31 (from July through December) for the duration of the project. If a progress report due date falls within six months prior to the project end date, no progress report will be due. Progress reports should be submitted to progress.reports@nprb.org with the project number in the subject line (e.g., NPRB Project 1310 Progress Report Jan 2015). Projects funded in 2015 and later should use the Ocean Workspace for report submission.

FINAL REPORTS

A final report is due 60 days after the project end date. Final reports should be submitted to joann.mellish@nprb.org with the project number in the subject line (e.g., 708 Final Report Jan 2015).

PRoject FACT SHEET

Communicating marine science to a general audience is an important skill, and one we value at NPRB. PIs are required to submit a project profile summarizing key aspects of their completed project. Along with images, video, and other submitted media, NPRB constructs an information sheet to best tell the story for each project—the “5 W’s” and How!

Financial
Reporting

NPRB funds are federal with a CFDA number of 11.472. Federal grant rules apply, including the Fly America Act. Projects are supported on a reimbursable basis, with invoices for expenditures due on a quarterly schedule. A financial report form, pre-populated from the accepted statement of work, is provided at the time of release of funds. Due dates for timely reimbursement are January 31st, April 30th, July 30th, and October 31st. Final invoices must be submitted within 60 days of the project end date and be clearly marked ‘Final’. Invoices will not be paid if programmatic reporting is delinquent. Failure to submit the final invoice within this period constitutes a complete waiver of all claims by the Subrecipient to any amounts not previously invoiced.

Contact Our Fiscal Agent

The Alaska SeaLife Center is the North Pacific Research Board's fiscal agent. Contact Tara Miller or (907) 224-6372 for all financial matters. Invoices should be submitted electronically, or by mail:

c/o Tara Miller
Alaska SeaLife Center
PO Box 1329
Seward, AK 99664

Budget Request Change

Reallocation of funds between or among the direct cost categories in the subawardee's NPRB Budget Summary Form in Appendix 1 must be approved in writing by NPRB prior to any such reallocated expenditure occurring, if that reallocation exceeds ten percent of the total subaward budget amount.

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Projects with One Subaward Agreement

Reallocation of funds between direct cost categories requires approval only if the cumulative amount of budget reallocations is greater than 10% of the total budget amount. If you need to exceed this 10% threshold, you must request approval from NPRB. You can reallocate between years within a single cost category without needing to request approval.

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Projects with multiple Subaward Agreements

The "10% threshold" stated above refers to the total amount (cumulative across budget categories) being reallocated per institution.

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Budget request change example

A project has a total budget of $100,000. $80,000 goes to Organization 1; $20,000 goes to Organization 2. Organization 1 needs to request approval only if its cumulative budget reallocation is more than $8,000, and Organization 2 only if its reallocation exceeds $2,000. So the 10% is at the institute or awardee level; not at the overall project level, and also not at the individual budget category level.

Metadata & Data

Principal investigators who have completed NPRB-funded research are required to provide datasets and metadata records for all data collected under NPRB grants as per the NPRB Metadata and Data Policy. These files are due within 60 days of the project end date. NPRB has teamed with Axiom Data Science to best manage data transfer and metadata submission. The NPRB online project workspace is designed to facilitate project management, data storage, security, collaboration, and reporting. The workspace is also linked to this public website where users can obtain general information about each project.

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.

Sub-award Compliance Policy

Metadata & Data Policy

Intellectual property clause

Confidentialy of Information

Publications

NPRB should be acknowledged in all publications, articles, or media releases derived from NPRB-funded projects. For scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals, we issue NPRB publication numbers for inclusion in the acknowledgement section of your manuscript. This number should appear in the acknowledgment section of your manuscript.

Contact NPRB at the acceptance stage of any peer-reviewed publication that was funded, in whole or in part, by NPRB funding. Submit a .pdf of your manuscript to our publication library here

No-Cost Extension Request

NPRB staff consider no-cost extensions on a case-by-case basis, with no guarantee of approval. Submit requests for a no-cost extensions at least 30 days before the end of the project period. Send your request to Jo-Ann Mellish, Program Manager.

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Justification for an extension

Z

A brief narrative summary of funds that are expected to be remaining at the current ending date

Z

Your requested new ending date with an updated timeline for completion based on your requested end date

Foreign Travel

Because NPRB funds originate with the Department of Commerce, NOAA must approve all foreign travel that occurs on NPRB grants. The approval process can take up to eight weeks, so please make your request as early as possible.

Requests must include: Full name of the meeting/conference, Itinerary (including dates of travel, dates of meeting/conference), Estimated costs for Airfare, Lodging ($xx/night for x nights), Meals ($xx/day fro x days), Registration, Ground transportation, Mileage, Other,and a short Justification. The Fly America Act applies to all travel using NPRB funding. A U.S. flag air carrier is required on every portion of a flight route unless qualified for a waiver.

If foreign travel was specified in your original project budget, the overall release of funds for your project will exclude the foreign travel funds. Each foreign travel trip must be approved individually. E-mail requests for foreign travel to Jo-Ann Mellish and Kristin Thoresen.

WHo we are
GENERAL INFO

Established in 2001, 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 library and our reports here.

LEADERSHIP

NPRB comprises a 20 member Board, representing Federal, State, and other entitites while receiving advice from Science and Advisory Panels.

PARTNERSHIPS

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

OUTREACH & ENGAGEMENT

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

STAFF

NPRB staff support 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.

SUBMIT YOUR RESEARCH PRIORITIES

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
INTEGRATED ECOSYSTEM PROGRAMS
SCIENCE FOUNDATION

NPRB maintains scientific programs designed to address pressing fishery management issues and Alaska marine ecosystem information needs.

CORE PROGRAM

NPRB supports a competitive, peer-reviewed annual request for proposal (RFP) process dedicated to marine research in Alaskan waters.

The Arctic Integrated Ecosystem Reserach Program looked at how physical changes in the ocean influence the flow of energy through the marine food web in the Bering Strait, Chukchi Sea, and western Beaufort Sea from 2017-2021.

OUTREACH PROGRAM

Supporting science communication, engagement, outreach, and education initiatives for all our research programs.

LONG-TERM MONITORING

This program supports new or existing time-series research that enhance the ability to understand the current state of marine ecosystems.

The Bering Sea Project, a partnership between the North Pacific Research Board and the National Science Foundation, sought to understand the impacts of climate change and dynamic sea ice cover on the eastern Bering Sea ecosystem.

INTEGRATED ECOSYSTEM RESEARCH

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

GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH AWARDS

NPRB supports next generation scientists, researchers, and resource managers to further their studies in relevant fields of marine science and to our mission.

The Gulf of Alaska Project tested three main hypotheses about 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.

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