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Our annual competitive request for proposals supports initiatives that improve the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of fisheries-dependent data collection and management. By coordinating the funding of regional priorities, FIS promotes the sharing of intellectual and financial resources, while helping to reduce redundancy and duplication of efforts. Since 2013, we have supported more than 200 projects across all regions in the areas of:

  • Electronic reporting and monitoring development and implementation.

  • Data improvements, modernization, and integration.

  • FIN development.

  • Quality management and continuous improvement.

These projects are funded in collaboration with the National Observer Program’s Electronic Technologies program and the National Catch Share Program. Our RFP guidance document provides detailed information about the proposal submission and selection process, and our NOAA Library brown bag presentation includes tips for preparing a strong proposal.