Pacific Island Marine Protected Area Projects

Funding Agency:
Department of Commerce

The Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP) announces a request for proposals from organizations interested and driven to develop and manage projects leading to the creation and implementation of more, effectively managed Marine Protected Areas (MPA) in the Pacific Islands region.

The Pacific Islands region is marked by recent success and significant momentum in the creation of MPAs. EAP is looking for new MPA initiatives to fund in the region. Successful MPAs have recently been created in Palau and Kiribati and initiatives are underway in the Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, New Caledonia, Pitcairn Island, and French Polynesia to establish new or expanded MPAs. MPAs are safe havens for marine resources and can serve as living laboratories that are crucial to scientific research and discoveries that benefit humankind. MPAs can also boost economic activity in the countries they are created in by increasing fish stocks’ sustainability and created new or improved opportunities for tourism.

Pending availability of funding, EAP will allocate up to a total of $445,500 in FY15 Economic Support Funds (ESF) for up to two grant projects. We seek to catalyze large-scale multi-donor, initiatives that will bring together multiple partners to leverage broader national and regional MPA commitments.

Projects are limited to Pacific Island countries eligible to receive Economic Support Funds: Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. 

Only one application will be allowed from each applicant.

  • Duke Internal Deadline: July 7, 2016
  • Sponsor Deadline: July 29, 2016

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a U.S.-based or foreign-based non-profit organization/non-government organization (NGO)
  • Be a Foreign Public Entity (public international organization); or
  • Be a private, public, or state institution of higher education (U.S. or foreign)



Amount Description

EAP anticipates having approximately $445,500 in FY2015 Economic Support Funds available to support up to two successful applications submitted in response to this NOFO, subject to the availability of funding.  Proposals must request a minimum of $200,000 up to the maximum available amount of $445,500. 

Funding Type





Environmental & Life Sciences
International Opportunities

Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

* A letter of support from dean or chair - 1 to 1.5 pages
* Project summary - 2 to 4 pages
* CV or Biosketch of project leader

Applicants will need to submit internal materials through My Research Proposal.(Code ILN)

Instructions for setting up your account and uploading internal applications can be found here: Instructions_FINAL.pdf

Internal Deadline

July 7, 2016

External Deadline

July 29, 2016