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The Commission's Research Program

The Marine Mammal Commission carries out a small research program that supports projects aimed at meeting the conservation and protection goals of the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The Commission’s research program includes all relevant activities including basic and applied research, workshops, literature reviews, compilations of expert opinion, and drafting manuscripts or reports. The research program is administered by the Commission’s Scientific Program staff in consultation with members of the Commission and the Committee of Scientific Advisors on Marine Mammals.

The research program awards grants based on proposals submitted in response to an annual, open call for proposals which may also include specific research topics identified by the Commission in a given year. The amount of funds available varies from year to year, depending on the overall congressional appropriations for the Commission. Since it was established in 1972, the Commission has supported more than 1,000 projects. Final reports of most Commission-sponsored studies are available from the National Technical Information Service or directly from the Commission, and many studies have led to publication in books or scientific journals. Click here for more details on projects recently sponsored by the Commission.

The Commission encourages the submission of proposals for innovative and well-designed projects that address conservation and research issues for marine mammals or the ecosystems they depend on. On occasion, the Commission provides start-up or seed money for promising projects that, once proven feasible, may be supported later by other sources. The Commission encourages applicants to obtain additional support by collaborating with, or soliciting funds from, other institutions, organizations, or agencies.

For more information on current funding opportunities, please click here.

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