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John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant Program

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FY2018 Prescott Grants

The nationwide competition closed on October 17, 2017.


The Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Act of 2000 amended the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) to establish the John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant Program.  The Prescott Grant Program, provides grants or cooperative agreements to eligible stranding network participants for:

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants are currently active, authorized participants or researchers in the National Marine Mammal Stranding Network. Eligible applicants must be:

  1. Stranding Agreement (SA) holders or their designee organizations
  2. holders of researcher authorization letters issued by a NMFS Regional Administrator and/or an MMPA and/or ESA scientific research or enhancement permit, including Co-Investigator authorization
  3. an eligible Federal, state, or local government personnel or tribal personnel (pursuant to MMPA Section 109(h) (16 U.S.C. 1379(h))
  4. diagnostic or service organizations performing services for the stranding network.

An applicant cannot be a current full- or part-time DOC or DOI employee.

How to Apply

Proposals should be submitted through, the online portal to all Federal grant opportunities. Please note that you must be registered with in order to apply for funding electronically. The registration process can take several days. Further instructions on how to register with are available. For more information about and NOAA Grants, visit the NOAA Grants Management Division website.

Detailed guidance on how to prepare proposals is provided in the FFO [pdf]. This document should be read carefully to ensure that proposals meet eligibility requirements and are complete upon submission. Complete instructions for preparing and submitting proposals are also available through

Only submit your proposal by mail if you have extenuating circumstances and are unable to submit online.

NOAA/NMFS/Office of Protected Resources (F/PR2)
Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program
1315 East-West Highway, Rm 13622
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3283

When to Apply

Electronic submissions through must be received by 11:59 p.m. EDT on  October 17, 2017.  Proposals submitted by mail must be postmarked and time-stamped by October 17, 2017. The grant schedule below provides additional information about the timing of various stages of the grant cycle.



July 24: Announcement of FFO posted on

July 24-October 17: Submission period. Applications must be received by October 17, 2017.

October-January (12 weeks): Proposals screened for eligibility and required elements; reviewers solicited and assigned to proposals; proposals undergo technical review.


February/March (2 days): Program Review Panel meeting convened; funding recommendations made.

March/April (1-2 weeks): Deputy Director reviews proposals and makes final recommendations for FY2018.

April-June (2-3 months): Pre-award negotiations with recommended applicants; submission of award files to NOAA Grants Management Division.

June-August: FY2018 awards finalized by NOAA Grants Officer; award recipients notified (via email); Prescott Program Office notifies non-recipients (via email) after all recipients have been notified.

More Information

Updated: October 18, 2017