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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.

2019-2020 Biennial Report

This biennial report marks 18 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 430 multi-annual projects, 62 graduate students, three long-term monitoring projects, and activities that provide the infrastructure to conduct and communicate science. 

Past Biennial Reports


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.

Publication Library

These NPRB publications have resulted from projects funded by NPRB in its Core Program (formally known as the Annual Research Program), Gulf of Alaska Integrated Ecosystem Research Program (GOAIERP), Bering Sea Project (BSP), and Graduate Student Research Awards program (GSRA). To search by different research program (i.e., Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, or Graduate Student) enter the abbreviation.

NPRB should be acknowledged in all publications, articles, or media releases derived from NPRB-funded projects. For scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals, contact NPRB Program Support Specialist Kayla Wagenfehr ( at the acceptance stage to receive an NPRB publication number to be included in the acknowledgement section of your paper.

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WHo we are

Established in 2001, NPRB is a marine research organization that supports pressing fishery management issues or marine ecosystem needs.


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


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


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


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


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.


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

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


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.


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


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.


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


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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