Funding for commercial fishing safety research, training

Research includes electronics, equipment to prevent injuries, sleep deprivation and more. Deadline to apply is Aug. 29.

by | August 11, 2023

Filed Under Safety | Training

NIOSH, USCG partner with $6m in grant funding for FY 2024

The grants are supported by the U.S. Coast Guard and administered by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and will provide funding to qualified individuals in academia, members of non-profit organizations, municipalities, and businesses involved in the fishing and maritime industries. 


Applicants can find the latest information about funding opportunities on the NIOSH Commercial Fishing Occupational Safety Research and Training Program website, and frequently asked questions (FAQs).


Commercial fishing is a high-risk occupation. Conducting research and critical safety trainings are opportunities to improve the health and safety of these workers. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard, has available $6 million in extramural grant funding for commercial fishing safety research and training in fiscal year 2024.

The next opportunity to apply for fiscal year 2024 research and training grant funding is August 29, 2023; the last opportunity to apply for fiscal year 2024 funding will be January 30, 2024.

Currently, grantee training work includes a focus on training fishermen in safety measures, developing first aid and training materials, and community-based “train the trainer” efforts, with varying degrees of reach.

Research cooperative agreements include work in assessing the suite of electronics available for fishing vessels that could save lives when emergencies occur at sea, improving equipment to reduce musculoskeletal injuries and falls overboard, and looking into how sleep deprivation affects health and cognitive abilities, to name a few.

NIOSH is the federal institute that conducts research and makes recommendations for preventing work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths. For more information about NIOSH visit

MEDIA CONTACT: Nura Sadeghpour,, 202.245.0673

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About Laine

Laine Welch has covered the Alaska fish beat for print and radio since 1988. She also has worked “behind the counter” at retail and wholesale seafood companies in Kodiak and on Cape Cod.


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