Media Advisory: Funding for Commercial Fishing Safety Research & Training

November 7, 2023
NIOSH Update:

NIOSH & U.S. Coast Guard Announce Next Application Deadline


Availability of funding for commercial fishing safety research and training, for fiscal year 2024 (October 1, 2023 – September 30, 2024).


Funding is 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.


January 30, 2024: Interested 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. NIOSH, in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard, has $6 million in extramural grant funding available for commercial fishing safety research and training in fiscal year 2024.

The final opportunity to apply for fiscal year 2024 research and training grant funding is January 30, 2024. The first deadline for applications for fiscal year 2025 funding is August 27, 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