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Fiscal Year 2016 Grants Update (as of November 20, 2015)

Due to the U.S. Federal Government's Continuing Resolution and budget uncertainty for next year, we are not able to open the call for proposals for Fiscal Year 2016 at this time. We are unsure as to whether we will be able to fund any new research grants next year. We will update this website page as soon as we know more, hopefully by January. Please check back then or feel free to contact Dee Allen, Research Program Officer, at

Small Grants (<= $10,000)



Proposal requirements: Proposals for small grants must not exceed three pages single-sided using 12-point font. Information provided must include: the topic area to which the proposal is being submitted; a brief statement of the significance/importance of the project and its relevance to the Commission's mission and goals; a brief description of the methods, a timeline, a budget (including any matching funds); information on the PI(s), including name, title, affiliation, email, and webpage (if any); a list of co-PIs/collaborators (if any); and a brief CV (<= 2 pages) for each PI (CVs will not count towards the 3 page limit).

Submission procedure
Proposals should be submitted electronically in MS Word or Adobe PDF format to the Research Program Officer, Marine Mammal Commission, e-mail address:

Policy on Indirect Costs
The Commission recognizes the significant costs associated with the maintenance of research programs and the institutions that support them. However, due to the limited funding available for research and conservation awards and the nature of the Commission's goals and responsibilities, the Commission limits indirect costs for research grants and contracts awarded by the Commission to 10 percent of the total award. Indirect costs, or overhead, include, but are not limited to, operation and maintenance of facilities, general and departmental administration, and library expenses.



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