Commercial Fishing Occupational Safety Training Project Grants (T03)

Funding Agency:
National Institutes of Health

The Commercial Fishing Occupational Safety Training Grant was established by The Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-281), as amended by the Howard Coble Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014 (P.L. 113-281), is intended to provide funding to municipalities, port authorities, other appropriate public entities, not-for-profit organizations, and other qualified persons to conduct commercial fishing vessel safety training for vessel operators and crewmembers. Safety training courses could include the following topics: emergency drills, survival, damage control, fire prevention and firefighting, stability, seamanship, fatigue awareness and prevention, watchkeeping, and weather forecasting. The program is also authorized to provide funding for the purchase of safety equipment and training aids for use in those safety training programs.

The goal of the training grant program is to enhance the quality and availability of safety training for United States commercial fishermen. Availability includes the frequency, geographic considerations, channels or partners of dissemination, culturally and/or educational appropriate training material, and other characteristics of a successful training program. As a result, the Coast Guard and NIOSH invite applications to support the development and implementation of training and education programs that meet some (or all) of the following:

  • develop and deliver training which addresses the needs of commercial fishermen in the United States;
  • increase the number of qualified marine safety instructors to conduct these types of training;
  • evaluate the effectiveness and impact of the training program on reducing injuries among commercial fishermen;
  • coordinate with existing training programs and partnerships with industry, fishermen, and agencies; and
  • conform to 46 U.S.C. § 4502 (i) Safety Standards for commercial fishing safety training.

In order to support and administer the grant program, the Coast Guard and NIOSH signed a Memorandum of Understanding on May 17, 2018. While the Coast Guard, along with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), provides regulatory oversight for safety and health matters within the commercial fishing industry, NIOSH is an agency operating under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with the mission of generating new knowledge in occupational safety and health and transferring that knowledge into practice to prevent worker injury, illness and death. NIOSH conducts and funds scientific research, develops methods to prevent occupational hazards, develops guidance and authoritative recommendations, translates scientific knowledge into products and services, disseminates information, identifies factors underlying work-related disease and injury and responds to requests for workplace health hazard evaluations.


  • Letter of Intent Due Date(s): December 22, 2019; December 22, 2020
  • Application Due Date(s): January 21, 2020; January 21, 2021

RFA-OH-20-003 Expiration Date January 30, 2022

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Eligibility Requirements

Any individual with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed training program as the Principal Investigator (PI) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for HHS/CDC/NIOSH programs. PIs should have the experience and expertise relevant to complex, interdisciplinary OSH training programs.

Funding Type





Curriculum Development
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Social Sciences

External Deadline

January 21, 2020