Marine Mammal Commission

Research Program – Proposal Requirements

Fiscal Year 2022 Grants

Fiscal Year  2022 Request for Proposals 

Proposal deadline: Wednesday, April 13th 2022 11:59pm EDT – CLOSED

Applicant notification: by Friday, July 29th 2022

Proposal Requirements

Proposed projects must fit within our current funding opportunity and adhere to all proposal requirements.  The body of the proposal must not exceed five pages, single-sided (2.5 pages, double-sided) using 12-point font, exclusive of cover page, bibliography, budget pages, curricula vitae, and supporting materials.

Cover Page (limit 1 page)

  • Title: The full title of the proposal. A shorter running title is optional.
  • Principal Investigator (PI): Please list only one (corresponding) principal investigator even if your proposal team consists of two or more co-equal investigators and institutions (also see instructions for Curricula Vitae).
  • PI Contact Information: Address, phone, website, and e-mail for the principal investigator.
  • Financial Point of Contact (POC): An individual (with or without institutional affiliation, as appropriate) who will be responsible for contractual and fiscal matters. This may or may not be the same individual and institution listed as principal investigator.
  • Financial POC Information: Address, phone, and e-mail.
  • Focal Area: Identify which focal area the project addresses. Select only one focal area as the best fit for the project. The two focal areas are:
    • Further our understanding of how climate change affects, either directly or indirectly, the reproductive performance, survivorship, abundance, or vital rates of marine mammals.
    • OR
    • Advance science-based conservation interventions or management strategies to mitigate climate-change induced threats to marine mammals.

Proposal Body (limit 5 pages)

  • Abstract: Provide an abstract summarizing the project objective(s), how the project will further our understanding of how climate change affects the reproductive performance, survivorship, abundance, or vital rates of marine mammals or, advance science-based conservation interventions or management strategies to mitigate climate-change induces threats to marine mammals. Identify any human impacts or threats the project will address and/or management applications (if applicable), the marine mammal population(s) the project will address, as well which broadly available and accessible long-term datasets, archives, repositories, or emerging data technologies will be used or contributed to (if applicable). Please limit the abstract to 300 words.
  • Introduction, Background, or Problem Statement: Provide a brief review of prior related efforts by the research team or others. Indicate knowledge gaps, shortfalls of previous efforts, or challenges to further progress and describe how the proposed effort will address these issues.  Introduce the direct or indirect effects of climate change to marine mammals that will be addressed, as well as any climate-change induced threats to marine mammals that will be addressed.
  • Goals and Objectives: Provide statements of both the general or broad goal of the proposed project and the specific objectives that will be addressed within the scope of this proposal to make progress toward that goal.  Provide your view of the importance or significance of the project, and how it relates to the Commission’s mission and goals.
  • Methods/Approach: Provide a detailed description of the methods so that the reviewer can understand how you will address the specific objectives of the project. If you are not conducting original research but are developing a workshop, review panel, or other activity; describe the nature of the activity, the planned agenda or working format, likely attendees/participants, and tentative dates and location of the planned activity.
  • Longitudinal and cross-disciplinary data (if applicable): Identify and describe the use of, or contribution to, any long-term datasets, archives, repositories, or emerging data technologies that are broadly available and accessible for future evaluations of change, if applicable.
  • Anticipated Outcomes: Describe the short-term outcomes, those anticipated to occur within the scope of effort and time span of the proposed project (e.g. completion of a workshop report, one or more peer-reviewed journal articles, an equipment prototype and report).
  • Research and Management Utility: Describe the anticipated long-term utility of the project, its implications for future research, management, or conservation activities, and how the results or other outcomes will better inform such activities.

Budget and Time Line (limit 2 pages)

This section should provide sufficient detail to inform the reviewer of expenses or costs by general category (salary, equipment, supplies, travel, publication, overhead, miscellaneous) and by subtasks within the proposed effort, as appropriate. Include information on other sources of funding for the project, if applicable. For multi-year or multi-stage projects, include a timetable for completion of each phase as a means of gauging progress toward completion of the full proposed effort.

Curricula Vitae, Research Team Qualifications (limit 3 pages each CV)

Provide a curriculum vitae or short biography of no more than three pages for all key members of the proposal team (those individuals whose background and experience are essential to completion of the project), including their experience or expertise related to the subject proposal. Although there can be only one corresponding principal investigator (see Title Page guidance), multiple co-investigators can be included in this portion of the proposal, if desired.

Supporting Materials (Optional)

Supporting materials such as recent publications, short descriptions of relevant work in progress or recently completed, organization charts or timelines will be accepted but should be limited to information essential to understanding the significance, approach, and context of the proposed work. It is highly recommended that supporting materials be limited to fewer than 15 pages or 5 Mb: the more material provided, the more difficult it will be for the reviewers to focus their attention on relevant matters in developing their evaluations. Only include supporting materials that are directly relevant to understanding and evaluating the proposed project.

Submission Procedure

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Proposals must adhere to the instructions and requirements described above and be submitted by April 13, 2022 @ 11:59PM EDT.  Proposals should be submitted electronically in MS Word or Adobe PDF format to the Research Program Officer, Marine Mammal Commission, e-mail address: All applicants are required to have a current registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) at the time of award.

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 ten percent (10%) of the direct costs unless the submitting entity already has a federally negotiated indirect cost rate. Indirect costs, or overhead, include, but are not limited to, operation and maintenance of facilities, general and departmental administration, and library expenses.


Applicants from both within the U.S. as well as outside the U.S. are eligible to apply, including both non-U.S. citizens and those affiliated with non-U.S. institutions.