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

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

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

Conf. Date:

05/04/21

Deadline Date:

06/16/21 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, for-profits, government agencies, tribes, and IHEs to implement and improve technological innovations in the fishing industry. The purpose of the funding is to catalyze the implementation of electronic technologies for fisheries catch, effort, and/or compliance monitoring, and improvements to fishery information systems in U.S. fisheries. 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.

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

All proposals should outline conservation benefits of the project. Monitoring change in project metrics and ET improvement or adoption over time should be a key aspect of project proposals. NFWF and partners intend to fund projects that have wide benefits for public resources including meeting conservation, management and stakeholder objectives.  All proposals should describe how projects will promote interoperability with other fishery data systems, enhance data portability, and encourage consistent and easy access to data by authorized users. Priorities include:

Priorities include:

  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. 

Projects should seek to use one of the two following approaches when addressing the priorities listed below:

  1. Develop or pilot innovative ideas – Competitive proposals will develop, test, and/or pilot innovative solutions and approaches to known fisheries and data management challenges. Innovations from all U.S. fisheries will be considered.
  2. Implement proven innovations at-scale – Competitive proposals will scale-up proven innovations that are positioned to impact a significant portion of the fleet and/or multiple fishing communities. When applicable, such proposals will focus on the diffusion, adoption, and application of innovative strategies. 

For more information on program priorities, see the following link: https://www.nfwf.org/sites/default/files/2021-03/EMR_2021_RFP_FINAL.pdf#page=2

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169902

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$3,500,000

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 must start within six months of the award date and cannot exceed two years. All proposed project end dates should be before March 1, 2024.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Tribal Governments and Organizations, educational institutions, commercial (for profit) organizations, 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 and unincorporated individuals.

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. Fisheries operating outside the U.S. are ineligible for funding under this opportunity.

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 nationwide are eligible to receive funding to support electronic monitoring and reporting efforts, including data management system modernization.

Ineligible Uses of Grant Funds:
- Equipment: Applicants are encouraged to rent equipment where possible and cost-effective or use matching funds to make those purchases. NFWF acknowledges, however, that some projects may only be completed using NFWF funds to procure equipment. If this applies to your project, please contact the program staff listed in this RFP to discuss options.
- Federal funds and matching contributions may not be used to procure or obtain equipment, services, or systems (including entering into or renewing a contract) that uses telecommunications equipment or services produced by Huawei Technologies Company or ZTE Corporation (or any subsidiary or affiliate of such entities) as a substantial or essential component, or as critical technology of any system. Refer to Public Law 115-232, section 889 for additional information.
- 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: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 3:00 PM Eastern Time

Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1482131092316762128

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Full Proposal Due Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2021 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time
- Review Period: June – July 2021
- Awards Announced: Early November 2021

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: https://www.nfwf.org/apply-grant/application-information

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

For issues or assistance with the online Easygrants system, please contact Easygrants Helpdesk at: Easygrants@nfwf.org
Voicemail: 202-595-2497
Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm ET, Monday-Friday.
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
T: 202-857-0166
F: 202-857-0162

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