Partner Project Funding Our Annual RFP Process

We support further innovation in fisheries-dependent data collection and management technology through our annual funding process.

We fund Partner data projects based on their potential to help achieve Program goals. This page is updated each spring when the Request for Proposals (RFP) is issued. Relevant documents and the funding cycle timeline are provided below.                                                                

Below are the relevant documents for the ACCSP funding cycle:


Funding Decision Document

The Funding Decision Document outlines an overview of the annual process that is instituted prior to sending out a request for proposals. The document describes the roles of the committees and Program Partners and what they do to participate in leading up to the decision of funding of the projects made by the Coordinating Council.


FY 2025 Request for Proposals

The information found in this document is specific to the information you will need when submitting a proposal for FY2025. ACCSP issues a new request for proposal each year based on a rigorous and timely set of guidelines suggested by the Operations Committee and approved by the Coordinating Council.


FY 2025 Ranking Criteria
The information included in this document is the breakdown of the set of criteria and the value of each that will be used to rank proposals. Proposals are ranked by the Operations and Advisory committees in the Fall and approved by the Coordinating Council in a meeting in November.


FY 2025 Biological Priority Matrix
This document outlines top 25 Atlantic coast species that are of priority for gathering biological data for the ACCSP. These rankings were devised by the Biological Review Panel.


FY 2025 Bycatch Priority Matrix
This document outlines priorities for proposals for observer coverage which should align with fisheries affecting the top quartile priority species that will assist for gathering bycatch data for the ACCSP. These rankings were devised by the Bycatch Prioritization Committee.


FY 2025 Recreational Priorities

The Recreational Technical Committee determines the recreational data collection priorities for inclusion in ACCSP’s annual request for proposals (RFP) and also guides the allocation of resources for NOAA Fisheries’ NOAA Fisheries’ Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP). The current prioritized list of data needs, which were reviewed and approved by the ACCSP Coordinating Council and approved by MRIP, are provided.


FY 2025 Socioeconomic Priorities
This document outlines the list of priority data elements includes: 1) Trip-level information (to be collected through voluntary or mandatory reporting, for all or a subset of participants). 2) Data elements for an owner/operator survey (to be collected through an annual or semiannual survey). The Committee on Economics and Social Sciences (CESS) developed a list of priority socioeconomic data elements for coastwide collection.

Start of ACCSP FY24

March 1, 2024

Coordinating Council Spring Meeting

April 29


May 7

Initial Proposals Due

June 17

Review Initial Proposals

Week of July 8

Feedback Submitted to PIs

Week of July 22

Revised Proposals Due

August 19

Preliminary Ranking Exercise

Week of September 2

Proposals Ranked at Joint Operations and Advisors Annual Meeting

Week of September 23

Final Ranking Presented to Coordinating Council

October 21-24