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and IHEs to Develop Solutions for the Fishing Industry

Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program (BREP)

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U.S. Department of Commerce - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)

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04/04/22 11:59 PM ET Receipt


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Cooperative agreements to USA nonprofit and for-profit organizations, individuals, local, state, and tribal governments, and IHEs for the development of innovative solutions for the fishing industry. Applicants must submit an LOI and ensure that required registrations are completed prior to applying.

The mission of the National Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program (BREP) is to support the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch of fish and protected species (including Endangered Species Act-listed fish, marine mammals, seabirds, and sea turtles) and to reduce impacts to invertebrates (including sponges, deep-sea corals, and shallow (tropical) corals.) In addition, BREP may support projects that quantify post-release mortality and identify ways to minimize mortality and injury of bycaught species (including post-release injury and mortality). Projects should produce outcomes that can directly influence management needs of federally managed living marine resources. 

There are five high-priority areas for the Fiscal Year 2022. Proposals must address one of the priorities listed below: 

  1. Developing innovative and effective technologies, gear modifications, avoidance programs and techniques, and/or improved fishing practices in commercial and recreational fisheries or aquaculture to reduce bycatch impacts.
  2. Further testing and/or development of technologies or gear modifications that have already been piloted, have been shown to successfully reduce bycatch, and that would encourage adoption at the fleet or fishery scale either voluntarily or by regulation.
  3. Improving understanding and reduction of post-release and other indirect mortality, including barotrauma, decompression sickness, predation, depredation, and unaccounted mortality associated with commercial and recreational fisheries, including target and nontarget species of fish or protected species.
  4. Developing techniques to reduce interactions between fishing gears and corals, sponges, and other structure-forming invertebrates.
  5. Conducting comprehensive international bycatch analyses or research that will inform conservation engineering in U.S. commercial, recreational and aquaculture fisheries.

For additional details on the program priorities, see pages 3-5 of the NOFO document in Supporting Documents below. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 185037

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Number of Grants:

Approximately 10-15 projects

Estimated Size of Grant:

Approximately $50,000 to $200,000 per project

Term of Contract:

Applicants should propose a one year (12-month) period of performance but NOAA will accept applications for projects with up to an 18-month period of performance. The requested start date must begin on the first day of the month and end on the last day of the month. The earliest start date for projects will be August 1, 2022.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • State governments
  • Individuals

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This grant program provides competitive grants to non-federal researchers working on the development of improved fishing practices and innovative gear technologies. Eligible applicants include U.S. citizens; institutions of higher education; nonprofits; commercial organizations; foreign public entities; organizations under the jurisdiction of foreign governments; international organizations; and state, local and Indian tribal governments.

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.

Federal agencies or instrumentalities are not eligible to receive federal assistance under this funding opportunity.

Pre-Application Information:

- Required Pre-proposals must be received by electronic mail to the BREP National Program Coordinator by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on January 20, 2022.
- By February 24, 2021, NOAA will inform applicants, based upon their pre-proposal, if the BREP encourages or discourages submission of a full proposal.
- Full proposals must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on April 4, 2022.

Unless excepted under 2 C.F.R. 25.110, each applicant is required to: (1) be registered in the Federal System for Award Management (SAM) before submitting its application; (2) provide a valid unique entity identifier in its application; and (3) continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a Federal awarding agency.

All registrations must be completed prior to the application being submitted. Registration can take between 3 days to 4 weeks or more, so applicants should begin the registration process as soon as possible.

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Contact Information:

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

To email a pre-proposal or for additional information on application requirements or submission procedures, contact:

Kathryn Frens, Fishery Management Specialist
Office of Sustainable Fisheries
1315 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910

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