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Frequent Questions for Indigenous Engagement Program Notice of Funding Opportunity

The Alaska Fisheries Science Center seeks to support collaborations with Indigenous Knowledge holders to develop bi-directional and parallel knowledge pathways to support climate-informed fisheries and ecosystem policies regionally and internationally.

How Much Funding is Available?

Total federal funding available under this notice is anticipated to be approximately $1,000,000. Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 availability of federal funds is approximately $500,000 with an additional $250,000 to be made available in each of FY2025 and FY2026. All funding for this program is subject to the availability of appropriations. Award amounts will be determined by the content of the proposals and the availability of funds for each year. Publication of this notice does not obligate NOAA to make an award to any specific project or to obligate any funding. If an application is selected for funding, NOAA has no obligation to provide any additional funding beyond the first year.Funding under this announcement will provide support for 5-15 projects ranging from approximately $15,000 to $50,000 per project per year. NOAA does not anticipate funding project proposals requesting greater than $150,000 in federal funding annually.

What is the Project Award Period?

A project period will be at minimum 12 months in duration and extend up to a maximum of three years. For multi- year proposals, applicants must include project plans and separate budgets for each year of the project. Multi-year projects may be funded in one-year or greater increments depending on available funds and terms of the award. Any funding required for subsequent years is added to the multi-year award incrementally, provided demonstration of satisfactory performance by the recipient and provided funds to support the continuation of the project are available.

Who is Eligible to Apply for this Grant?

Eligible applicants are individuals, institutions of higher education, other nonprofits, for-profit organizations, foreign, public entities or foreign organizations, and state, local and Indian tribal governments. Federal agencies or instrumentalities are not eligible to receive federal assistance under this notice. The Department of Commerce/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (DOC/NOAA) is strongly committed to broadening the participation of historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, tribal colleges and universities, and institutions that work in underserved areas.

Is a Grants.Gov and Sam.Gov Registration Required to Apply for this Grant?

Yes. Applicant organizations must complete and maintain three registrations to be eligible to apply for or receive an award. These registrations include SAM.gov,Grants.gov,and eRA Commons. All registrations must be completed prior to the application being submitted. The complete registration process for all three systems can take 4 to 6 weeks, so applicants should begin this activity as soon as possible. If an eligible applicant does not have access tothe internet, please contact the Agency Contacts listed in Section VII of the Notice of Funding Opportunity in the Federal Register for submission instructions. 

Is there a Cost Share or Matching Requirement?

Applicants may include cost sharing, but it is not required and is not part of the evaluation criteria for this program.

Q: Will projects focused in non-Arctic regions of Alaska be considered?

A: Yes, applications from all regions of Alaska will be considered. Please check out the "Evaluation Criteria" under "Application Review Process" for more information.

Last updated by Alaska Fisheries Science Center on March 13, 2024