NPRB seeks feedback through March 12

The North Pacific Research Board in Anchorage is accepting comments through March 12 on its core program proposal process to provide a more stable, flexile funding platform for researchers.

The Board’s preferred alternative is to move from the current fixed proposal deadline with one funding meeting a year to a rolling submissions approach with no deadline and funding decisions spread between two annual meetings.

Information from the special session held at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium in January is available online at including a recording of the session.

NPRB was created by Congress in 1997 to recommend marine research activities to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. For two decades now, NPRB has been committed to better understanding the waters surrounding Alaska as they relate to pressing fishery management issues and important ecosystem information needs.

Its program supports major ecosystem research themes including fishes and invertebrates, fish habitat, oceanography, lower tropic level productivity, seabirds, marine mammals and humans.