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NC Sea Grant, NMFS Seek Marine Mammal Bycatch Reduction Research Proposals


John Fear, 919-515-9104,

Posted Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014

Instructions and Forms


Proposal Attachments

  1. Funding application
  2. Sample project time plan example
  3. Curriculum vitae template

The National Marine Fisheries Service, in partnership with North Carolina Sea Grant, is providing competitive funding for research in support of the Bottlenose Dolphin Take Reduction Plan, known as the BDTRP, and the Pelagic Longline Take Reduction Plan, known as PLTRP, again this year.

Proposals must be received by 4 p.m. on Friday, March 28, 2014.

With funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the research will focus on innovative and practical proposals that seek to enhance knowledge of bottlenose dolphin stocks and reduce serious injury and mortality (bycatch) incidental to commercial fisheries of coastal bottlenose dolphins under the BDTRP, and pilot whales and Risso’s dolphins under the PLTRP. This represents a cooperative research opportunity with the commercial fishing industry, scientists, and other interested parties.

Specifically, this RFP will fund projects with a strong likelihood of enhancing the knowledge of bottlenose dolphin stock structure in the mid-Atlantic and/or Indian River Lagoon, and the ability to assign serious injury and mortality of bottlenose dolphins to stock. It also will fund projects characterizing or reducing potential bycatch of pilot whales and/or Risso’s dolphins, and evaluating the effectiveness of implemented PLTRP management measures.

All proposals will be reviewed for scientific, technical and analytical merit, and the ability to address one or more of the specific priorities under the respective take reduction plan. Proposals should not combine research priorities for both take reduction plans. Researchers should submit separate proposals if funding is sought for research priorities under both the BDTRP and the PLTRP. Final awards are contingent upon the availability of funds.

Proposals can be hand-delivered, mailed or emailed to Please include all supplemental materials.

To learn more about this funding opportunity or to apply, go to and look under the "Other Research and Mini-Grants" column. For questions or more information, contact: John Fear, Deputy Director for North Carolina Sea Grant at 919-515-9104, 252-222-6314 or


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