The Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) of the Oregon Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) invites proposals from researchers affiliated with any Oregon institution of higher education listed in ORS 352.002 to conduct the legislatively-mandated assessment of Oregon’s marine reserve system. The main deliverable is a scholarly review of the marine reserves process and outcomes from 2008-2020, which will be detailed in the forthcoming (December 2021) Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) Synthesis Report.

While the lead principal investigator must be from an Oregon university as outlined above, STAC encourages collaborative, multi-disciplinary teams, which can be from multiple states and institutions to respond to this opportunity. The deadlines listed in the RFP were determined by Oregon’s Legislative Assembly and funding for the assessment ($132,000) is provided by Oregon Ocean Science Trust Fund, a donor advised fund at the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF), so it is important to note that no additional funds are available and the deadlines set forth for deliverables cannot be modified or extended. The university team will be selected through an open, competitive, peer-reviewed process. Proposed background work may begin in August 2021, and ODFW’s Synthesis Report will be available to the selected university in January 2022.

Schedule of dates for proposal submission and the review process

  • RFP and Budget Form posted: April 15, 2021
  • Questions on RFP submitted: April 26, 2021 (5:00 pm PDT to [email protected])
  • Compiled responses to questions available/posted: April 30, 2021
  • Proposals Due: June 11, 2021 (5:00 pm PDT to [email protected])
  • Review Period: June-August, 2021
  • Tentative Notice of Selection/Funding: August, 2021
  • Selected University begins work: August, 2021

Note: This timeline is subject to change.


Important Documents


Principal Points of Contact

PIs preparing proposals for funding should contact the following with questions:

  • For general questions about the Request for Proposals, including scope of work, proposal preparation, and the review process, contact the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee Chair, Dr. Shelby Walker ([email protected]; 541-737-6200).
  • For technical questions regarding application completion and submission, contact Jeff Behan ([email protected]).
  • For questions regarding ODFW’s Synthesis Report and associated data, contact ODFW Marine Reserves Program Leader, Ms. Cristen Don ([email protected]; 541-272-4268).