Marine Mammal Commission

Research Program – Small Grants

Fiscal Year 2017 Grants

Submission deadline: January 10, 2017

Applicant notification: June 30, 2017

Proposal Requirements

Proposals for small grants must not exceed three pages single-sided using 12-point font. Each proposal must include a title page that will NOT count towards the 3 page limit. The title page should include the title of the proposal, a list of any co-PIs, the topic area to which the proposal is being submitted (Topic Area A: Research and Conservation or Topic Area B: Outreach and Connectivity), and PI contact information: name, title, affiliation, mailing address, e-mail addresses, phone numbers including country code, and Web page (if any).

The 3 page limit for the rest of the proposal includes literature cited, photos, pictures, graphs, figures and all supporting information except for CVs. The proposal should clearly articulate the risks to, status of, and prognosis for the population at risk, connections with Commission priorities, and focus on addressing the most important factor(s) for the recovery of the population. Additionally the proposal should include a description of the methods or approach to be used, a timeline, and a budget (including any matching funds).

Applicants should submit a brief CV (2 pages or less) for each PI in addition to their proposal.

Submission Procedure

Hawaiian monk seal on beach with satellite tag.

Through an extensive volunteer network and using tracking technology (including satellite and VHF radio tags), NOAA Fisheries has ability to track and re-sight monk seals in the Main Hawaiian Islands. (NMFS)

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 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.