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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

Large Grants (>$10,000)

SUBMISSION DEADLINE (Pre-Proposals): CLOSED (January 5 th 2015)


SUBMISSION DEADLINE (Full Proposals): March 2nd 2015


Pre-proposal requirements: Pre-proposals for large grants must not exceed three pages single sided using 12-point font. Information provided must include: the topic area to which the proposal is being submitted; a brief statement of the significance/importance of the project and its relevance to the Commission’s mission and goals; a brief description of the methods, a timeline, a budget (including any matching funds); information on the PI(s), including name, title, affiliation, email, and webpage (if any); a list of co-PIs/collaborators (if any); and a brief CV ( <=2 pages) for each PI (CVs will not count towards the 3 page limit).

Full proposal requirements: Following initial notification on January 30th, if a full proposal is requested the body of the proposal must not exceed eight pages, single-sided (four pages, double-sided) using 12-point font, exclusive of cover page, bibliography, budget pages, curricula vitae, and supporting materials.

  • Cover Page:
    • Title: The full title of the proposal. A shorter running title is optional.
    • Principal Investigator (PI): Please list only one (corresponding) principal investigator even if your proposal team consists of two or more co-equal investigators and institutions (also see instructions for Curricula Vitae).
    • PI Contact Information: Address, phone, website, and e-mail for the principal investigator
    • Financial Point of Contact (POC): An individual (with or without institutional affiliation, as appropriate) who will be responsible for contractual and fiscal matters. This may or may not be the same individual and institution listed as principal investigator.
    • Financial POC Information: Address, phone, and e-mail
    • Topic area the proposal is being submitted to.
  • Proposal Body:
    • Abstract: Provide an abstract summarizing the problem or question to be addressed, the methods to be used to address the problem or question, possible outcomes of the work, and the utility of the research for advancing science and management related to marine mammals. Please limit the abstract to 200 words.
    • Introduction, Background, or Problem Statement: Provide a brief review of past related efforts by the research team or others. Indicate knowledge gaps, shortfalls of prior efforts, or challenges to further progress and describe how the proposed effort will address these issues.
    • Goals and Objectives: Provide statements of both the general or broad goal of the proposed research and the specific objectives that will be addressed within the scope of this proposal to make progress toward that goal.  Provide your view of the importance or significance of the project, and how it relates to the Commission’s mission and goals.
    • Methods: Provide a detailed description of the methods so that the reviewer can understand how you will address each of the specific objectives. If you are not conducting original research but are developing a workshop, review panel or other activity, describe the nature of the activity, the planned agenda or working format, likely attendees/participants, and tentative dates and location of the planned activity.
    • Anticipated Outcomes: Describe the short-term outcomes, those anticipated to occur within the scope of effort and time span of the proposed project (e.g. completion of a workshop report, one or more peer-reviewed journal articles, an equipment prototype and report).
    • Research and Management Utility: Describe the anticipated long-term utility of the project and its implications for future research, management, or conservation activities.
  • Budget and Time Line: This section should provide sufficient detail to inform the reviewer of expenses or costs by general category (salary, equipment, supplies, travel, publication, overhead, miscellaneous) and by subtasks within the proposed effort, as appropriate. Include information on other sources of funding for the project, if applicable. For multi-year or multi-stage projects, include a timetable for completion of each phase as a means of gauging progress toward completion of the full proposed effort.
  • Curricula Vitae, Research Team Qualifications: Provide a curriculum vitae or short biography of no more than three pages for all key members of the proposal team (those individuals whose background and experience are essential to completion of the project), including their experience or expertise related to the subject proposal. Although there can be only one corresponding principal investigator (see Title Page guidance), multiple co-investigators can be included in this portion of the proposal, if desired.
  • Supporting Materials: Supporting materials such as recent publications, short descriptions of relevant work in progress or recently completed, organization charts or time lines will be accepted but should be limited to information essential to understanding the significance, approach, and context of the proposed work. It is highly recommended that supporting materials be limited to fewer than 30 pages or 5 Mb: the more material provided, the more difficult it will be for the reviewers to focus their attention on relevant matters in developing their evaluations.

Submission procedure
Proposals and pre-proposals should be submitted electronically in MS Word or Adobe PDF format to the Research Program Officer, Marine Mammal Commission, e-mail address:

Policy on Indirect Costs
The Commission recognizes the significant costs associated with the maintenance of research programs and the institutions that support them. However, due to the limited funding available for research and conservation awards and the nature of the Commission's goals and responsibilities, the Commission limits indirect costs for research grants and contracts awarded by the Commission to 10 percent of the total award. Indirect costs, or overhead, include, but are not limited to, operation and maintenance of facilities, general and departmental administration, and library expenses.



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