Marine Mammals and Biology Program
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) Marine Mammals and Biology (MMB) program supports basic and applied research and technology development related to understanding the effects of sound on marine mammals, including physiological, behavioral, ecological effects and population-level effects. Current program thrusts include, but are not limited to:
- Monitoring and detection
- Integrated ecosystem research (sensor & tag development)
- Effects of sound on marine life (behavioral response studies; diving physiology; physiological stress response; hearing; population consequences of acoustic disturbance)
- Models and databases for environmental compliance
Important notice: Upon submitting any documents to MMB by email, ONR's Web-based online document submission system or Grants.gov, submittors will receive a confirmation email from the MMB program office. If a confirmation email is NOT received, contact the MMB point of contact to verify receipt.
- Pre-proposals Due: July 15, 2016
- Invitation Full Proposal: September/October 2016
- Full Proposals Due: end of November 2016 (unless otherwise negotiated)
- Proposal Review / Selection / Notification: December 2016 – February 2017
- Proposal Funding Date: December 2016 – March 2017 (first portion of federal fiscal year 2017)
The ONR Marine Mammal and Biology Program hosted a program review Oct. 20-22, 2014. Topics covered included monitoring and detection; integrated ecosystems, sensor and tag eevelopment, effects of sound - hearing, effects of sound - physiology, and models and databases. (Download the program review abstract book.)
ONR sponsored a workshop on Nov. 4-5, 2009, in Arlington, Va., with a report titled "Effects of Stress on Marine Mammals Exposed to Sound." The workshop's purpose was to assemble a cross-section of researchers in the field of stress physiology and behavioral research to identify the state-of-the-art science in stress physiology as it may apply to marine mammals, identify research needs for marine mammal stress-related research, and evaluate available or developing technologies for measuring indicators of stress ultimately in free-ranging marine mammals.
A report titled "Addressing the Effects of Human-Generated Sound on Marine Life: An Integrated Research Plan for U.S. Federal Agencies" was developed in response to an executive agency's request for a focused, coordinated federal science and technology plan from the National Science and Technology Council's Joint Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology (JSOST).
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