Request for Proposals, Papahānaumokuākea Research and Conservation Fund 2018 (Pre Proposal Oct. 26, Full Proposal Dec. 17 )

2017-10-05T12:39:10+00:00 October 5, 2017|


The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is soliciting proposals to conduct management driven research at French Frigate Shoals in the summer of 2018.  A successful proposal will include a collaborative team of experts or scientists who will propose a body of research to address priority needs for management of key species such as sea turtles, monk seals, seabirds and coral in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (MNM) that will inform the management of these species both in the Monument and in the main Hawaiian chain. The goal of the Hawaii Conservation Program is to protect and conserve threatened and endemic species of Hawaii, from the slopes of Mauna Kea to the deep sea waters of Kure Atoll. This program builds on investments made since the early 1990s to support the conservation of Hawaiian forest birds, coral reefs and seabirds and expands to include other species like sea turtles, reef fish and monk seals across the main and northwest Hawaiian Islands to capture the full range for these populations across the archipelago. 

This Request for Proposals, one of the initial grant solicitations of the Hawaii Conservation Program, seeks proposals to characterize current food web/trophic dynamics and model potential impacts of environmental stressors on species across terrestrial and marine (priority on mid-zone to deep-zone) habitats. Increased understanding of these systems in a natural setting will help management of the focal species in the Monument and inform conservation investments in the main Hawaiian chain. 

Under this solicitation, NFWF will award up to $900,000 for a single collaborative proposal that best meets the research needs described in this RFP. The proposal package should include all elements of the research cruise such as ship time, research and analysis. Major funding for this initial research opportunity is provided by Marc & Lynne Benioff and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  Matching funds are not required, but are strongly encouraged.

To consolidate investments for greater impact, proposals should describe how multi-disciplinary approaches will be incorporated to address management needs across one or both of two key research themes that have been identified by a joint science and management Advisory Committee:

  1. Understanding the potential impacts of predicted environmental stressors on wildlife and their habitats: Collect physical and biological data to create predictive models that will help managers understand potential impacts to wildlife under different global scenarios of sea level rise, ocean warming and acidification to wildlife and coral reef species in this area and implications for management in areas that are less pristine.
  2. Increasing understanding of the mesophotic zone: Increase understanding on how habitats and species at water depths of approximately 30 to 150 meters support the productivity and energy dynamics for the complex web of species that thrive at this location, to foster continued recovery of priority populations.


Eligible Entities

  • Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, U.S. Federal government agencies, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes, educational institutions, businesses, and unincorporated individuals. 
  • Applicants must be prepared to secure their own transportation to the study area and coordinate with communications and cultural leads that are part of the overall effort. 

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. 


All application materials must be submitted online through National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Easygrants system.

  1. Go to  to register in our Easygrants online system.  New users to the system will be prompted to register before starting the application (if you already are a registered user, use your existing login).  Enter your applicant information. 
  2. Once on your homepage, click the “Apply for Funding” button and select this RFP’s “Funding Opportunity” from the list of options.
  3. Follow the instructions in Easygrants to complete your application.  Once an application has been started, it may be saved and returned to at a later time for completion and submission.


Dates of activities are subject to change.

Pre-proposal: October 26, 2017, 5:59 PM, HT
Full Proposal Invitation(s): November 10, 2017
Full Proposal Due: December 17, 2017, 5:59 PM, HT
Review Period: January, 2018
Recommended Project for Permitting: January 24, 2018
Permit Application Package: February, 2018
Research Cruise Workshop, HNL: February/March, 2018
Research Cruise: July/August, 2018

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