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Fisheries Innovation Fund: Electronic Monitoring and Reporting (EMR) Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, and IHEs
for Technology Innovations to Improve the Fishing Industry

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

Conf. Date:

05/13/20

Deadline Date:

07/01/20 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, for-profits, government agencies, tribes, individuals, and IHEs to implement and improve technology innovations in the fishing industry. Priority is given to projects that improve the management of data systems or that implement E-technology in fishery data collection.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) will award grants that catalyze the implementation of electronic technologies (ET) for fisheries catch, effort, and/or compliance monitoring, and improvements to fishery information systems in U.S. fisheries. 

The Electronic Monitoring and Reporting (EMR) Grant Program will advance the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) sustainable fisheries goals to partner with fishermen and other stakeholders, state agencies, and Fishery Information Networks to systematically integrate technology into fisheries data collection and observations as well as streamline data management and use for fisheries management.

Specifically, the EMR Grant Program will solicit proposals that develop and implement promising ET that improve the timeliness and quality of fisheries data; expand access and availability of data; increase knowledge of fisheries for management, industry and science purposes; improve regional data management systems and data interoperability; and empower fishermen and other citizens to become more actively involved in the data collection process. 

Examples of ET include any electronic tool used to support fisheries monitoring both onshore and at sea, including electronic reporting (e.g., e-logbooks, tablets, and other input devices), electronic monitoring (e.g., electronic cameras and gear sensors on-board fishing vessels), and vessel monitoring systems or electronic tools to improve data processing, management, or access.

Program Priorities

Proposals submitted to the EMR Grant Program should advance the development of ET in the charter for-hire recreational fishery fleet in the Gulf of Mexico; the Northeast multispecies groundfish fishery fleet, including small vessels within that fleet; or any regional fishery fleet interested in implementing EM/ER technologies to better track information that is currently collected through the use of human observers.

When addressing these priorities, projects should seek to either: 

  1. Develop or pilot innovative ideas 
  2. Implement proven innovations at-scale 

Priority projects:

  1. E-technology in fishery data collection: Priority for projects that implement EMR strategies for the support of fisheries conservation and management.
  2. Modernize data management systems: Priority for projects that modernize data management systems in order to reduce costs, improve consistency, interoperability, quality, and/or usability of information collected using e-technology. 

For more information on program priorities, see: https://www.nfwf.org/sites/default/files/2020-04/EMR_2020_RFP.pdf#page=2

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169902

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$3,700,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

The majority of awards under this program will fall in the range of $200,000 to $500,000, although upper or lower limits to award size are not specified.

Term of Contract:

Project periods may run for up to two years. Projects should begin within six months of the award announcement date. Projects should be completed within one to 24 months of the project start date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible and Ineligible Entities

- Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes, educational institutions, commercial (for profit) organizations, unincorporated individuals and international organizations. For-profit applicants: please note that this is a request for grant proposals, not a procurement of goods and services; see the Budget section below for specific cost considerations.
- Ineligible applicants include U.S. Federal government agencies, including Regional Fisheries Management Councils.

The Electronic Monitoring and Reporting Grant Program is a national program and will consider proposals from all U.S. state and federal fisheries, including commercial or recreational sectors. Priority fisheries include the Gulf of Mexico reef fish fishery, the New England groundfish fishery, the West Coast groundfish fishery, and the Alaska halibut and groundfish fisheries. Fisheries operating outside the U.S. are ineligible for funding under this opportunity.

Ineligible Uses of Grant Funds

- NFWF funds and matching contributions may not be used to support political advocacy, fundraising, lobbying, litigation, terrorist activities, or Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations.
- NFWF funds may not be used to support ongoing efforts to comply with legal requirements, including permit conditions, mitigation, and settlement agreements. However, grant funds may be used to support projects that enhance or improve upon existing baseline compliance efforts.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicant Webinar: May 13, 2020 at 3:00 PM ET

Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2244277361080562446

Pre-Application Information:

- Full Proposal Due Date: Wednesday, July 1, 2020 by 11:59 PM ET
- Review Period: July – August 2020
- Awards Announced: Early November 2020

Matching contributions from non-federal sources (both cash and in-kind) must equal or exceed a 1:1 ratio (100% of the requested amount).

Application information page: http://www.nfwf.org/whatwedo/grants/applicants/Pages/home.aspx

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:
https://easygrants.nfwf.org/

For more information or questions about this RFP, please contact:

Gray Redding
Gray.Redding@nfwf.org
202-595-2438

For issues or assistance with the online Easygrants system, please contact Easygrants Helpdesk at: Easygrants@nfwf.org

You may also leave a voicemail with the Easygrants Helpdesk at 202-595-2497. Include your name, proposal ID #, e-mail address, phone number, program you are applying to, and a description of the issue.

NFWF
1133 Fifteenth St., N.W., Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005

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