NOAA -- Cetacean Research in the Pacific Islands

Funding Agency:
Department of Commerce

The objective of this program by the NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) is to advance the scientific foundation for the conservation of cetaceans in the Pacific Islands Region. Research supported through this program will contribute to the assessment of whale and dolphin populations in the central and western Pacific Ocean, which requires an understanding of distribution, stock structure, habitat use, and natural and anthropogenic threats, along with estimates of abundance, demography, and mortality. For FY2023, program priorities include 1) Research to inform mitigation measures to reduce interactions between hook-and-line fisheries and false killer whales in the central and western Pacific; 2) Research on the demographics, abundance, and/or movement patterns of Main Hawaiian Islands insular and Hawaii pelagic false killer whale populations; 3) Research on abundance, distribution, and/or human disturbance of spinner dolphins in the main Hawaiian Islands, with special emphasis on spinner dolphins in the Maui Nui region; and 4) Research to inform cetacean stock assessment in the Pacific Islands Region.

Deadline: May 12, 2023

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Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants are individuals, institutions of higher education, nonprofits, commercial organizations, state, local, and Indian tribal governments. Federal agencies or instrumentalities are not eligible to receive Federal assistance under this notice.

Amount Description

Total funding available under this notice is not anticipated to exceed $565,000 in FY 2023 funds. Actual funding availability for this program is contingent upon FY 2023 Federal appropriations. Single or multi-year projects are encouraged, with project periods not to exceed 3 years, with annual funding amounts not to exceed $350,000. This means that the maximum funding for multiple-year project or year one of a multi-year project is $350,000, the maximum funding for a two-year multi-year project is $700,000, and the maximum funding for a three-year multi-year project is $1,050,000.

Funding Type





Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

May 12, 2023