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Fiscal Year 2016 Grants Update (as of November 20, 2015)

Due to the U.S. Federal Government's Continuing Resolution and budget uncertainty for next year, we are not able to open the call for proposals for Fiscal Year 2016 at this time. We are unsure as to whether we will be able to fund any new research grants next year. We will update this website page as soon as we know more, hopefully by January. Please check back then or feel free to contact Dee Allen, Research Program Officer, at

Funding Opportunities in Fiscal Year 2015

Between October 1st 2014 and January 5th 2015 the Marine Mammal Commission will be accepting proposals for consideration under one of two topic areas described below, for either small (<= $10K) OR large (> $10K) grants. While there is no upper limit to the size of large grants, over the last decade approximately 60% of successful proposals have been greater than $10,000 (large grants). Of those the majority have been between $10,000 and $30,000, and less than 5% have been larger than $50,000. Submission requirements and the evaluation process are different for small grants vs. large grants. Small grants will be awarded based on the review of a single, brief proposal. Large grants will be awarded based on the evaluation of a brief pre-proposal, and detailed full proposal. Full proposals will be requested for those pre-proposals that are not rejected during the pre-proposal evaluation process. Grants will be awarded subject to the availability of funds. Please review and follow instructions for small grants or large grants carefully. Pre-proposals and proposals that do not meet the requirements herein will not be evaluated or considered for funding.

For a given project, only a single proposal, submitted to a single topic area at one funding level, will be accepted.

Topic Area A: Research and Conservation: Proposals on basic or applied marine mammal research, development of new technologies, or explicitly related to marine mammal conservation, policy or management, should be submitted to this topic area.

Topic Area B: Outreach and Connectivity: Proposals requesting funds for conferences, workshops, symposia, education, outreach, or publication development should be submitted to this topic area.

Proposal Evaluation

All proposals (and pre-proposals) will be evaluated with respect to the importance or significance of the type of project proposed, 1its relevance to the Commission's mission and goals, 2 the technical and resource adequacy of the proposal, 3and the likelihood that the project will achieve its stated objectives or outcomes.

Potential applicants may contact Samantha Simmons, Ph.D., Assistant Scientific Program Director, by email ( ) or telephone (301-504-0087) with any questions about proposal requirements, the evaluation process, out of cycle funding, or suitability of a topic for Commission funding. During a review cycle, all proposals and pre-proposals that meet minimum requirements will be reviewed by the Commission's staff, Committee of Scientific Advisors on Marine Mammals, Commissioners, and external experts, as necessary. The Commission will choose reviewers based on their expertise and assurance that they have no conflict of interest with the proposed activities. The Commission will maintain the confidentiality of all proposals.

1 For example, would such a project significantly contribute to the conservation of a species/population, advance critical scientific understanding, contribute to the development of innovative technology, lead to groundbreaking policy ideas, catalyze critical thinking through a meeting, workshop or symposium, or contribute to an important conservation issue through outreach, communication or education?

2Mission: ensure consistency with MMPA and other relevant mandates to protect and conserve marine mammals through oversight of domestic and international policies and actions of federal agencies addressing human impacts to marine mammals and their ecosystems. Strategic Goal: ensure the protection and conservation of marine mammals as functioning elements of healthy, stable marine ecosystems through science-based mitigation and monitoring of anthropogenic impacts on these populations and their ecosystem.

3For example, are the elements described in the proposal (e.g. project plan, field and lab procedures, sample sizes, proposed statistical analyses, equipment, and research platforms) internally consistent and are they sufficient to achieve the project's goals, objectives and outcomes?


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