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Reports & Publications

The North Pacific Research Board produces different organizational reports and plans. Access these below, as well as a publication library that lists peer-reviewed publications stemming from NPRB funding.


This Science Plan provides the scientific foundation and direction for the North Pacific Research Board for the next decade, serving as the primary reference point for the design and implementation of all NPRB funding programs and activities. This second iteration of the plan updates and streamlines the original plan, previously developed with guidance from the National Research Council of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and approved in 2005. The Science Plan lays out NPRB’s mission, research priorities, programs, partnerships, policies and procedures. Immediate research needs and priorities are updated on a regular basis through the release of RFPs related to four existing programs – the Core, Integrated Ecosystem Research, Long-Term Monitoring, and Graduate Student Research Awards Programs – and reflected in any new programs the Board may adopt. The Board will identify research needs and priorities for each program specific RFP, soliciting  advice from its science and advisory panels, as well as other stakeholders. As an evolving document, it is anticipated that the Science Plan will be updated every ten years.

2021-2022 Biennial Report

This biennial report marks 20 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 1,156 subawards, 94 graduate students, three long-term monitoring projects, and activities that provide the infrastructure to conduct and communicate science. 

Past Biennial Reports

Special Issue: Co-creating knowledge with Fishers

Challenges and Lessons for Integrating Fishers’ Knowledge Contributions into Marine Science in Well-Developed Scientific Advisory Systems

There is increasing interest to collaborate with industry and fishers and integrate industry knowledge and data to advance marine science and inform scientific advisory frameworks. Links here provide insights on effective approaches for engagement and for the development of robust science relevant to evidence-based decision-making processes.


Foundational Years

This was NPRB’s first published report consolidating funding years from 2001-2008. In this report, we outline our earlier organizational structure, science programs (including former research themes and priorities), and the early conceptualization of integrated ecosystem research.


The is NPRB’s first and original science plan that was published in 2005. The origianl plan mandates were to be consistent with enabling legislation, be responsive to mission and goals, comprehensive and long-term, include defined research themes, flexibility, and build upon past and ongoing research. The National Research Council (NRC) provided consultation in the formation and development of this plan.