NOPP Excellence in Partnering Award

  • One of the stated objectives of the NOPP is to identify the most effective and productive project partnerships that have led to notable success in both reaching their goals and sparking incentives for further research investments.

  • The NOPP Award for Excellence in Partnering has two main purposes:

    1. to recognize superior efforts among partners in coordinating an exemplary NOPP project and
    2. to highlight the successes and benefits of NOPP projects to the ocean sciences community.

Any Principal Investigator with an ongoing NOPP project or Federal Program Officers involved in the Program can nominate their efforts and teams for the Excellence in Partnering Award. Members of the NOPP committee evaluate nominated projects and select recipients based on several criteria:

  1. Ocean sector diversity among the partners;
  2. Level of effort/involvement by partners (Are the partners actively and equally involved in the research and/or development of the project?);
  3. Long-term commitment of the partners beyond the NOPP-funding period;
  4. The success of the partnership in meeting its project objectives;
  5. Impact of the effort on ocean research and/or education; and
  6. Distinguishing characteristics of the partnership that contributed to its success.

Awards are not made if it is determined that no suitable candidates have been nominated.

If you would like to nominate your project for this award, contact the NOPP Program Manager for details and the nomination form. Nomination packets are generally due by mid-October and the Award ceremony is held at a major conference such as AGU or Ocean Sciences.

Check out some of our previous winners and read more about this year’s recipients.


Excellence in Partnering Portfolios

Monitored of erosion processes using time-lapse photography, meteorological and oceanographic data. Read more

Exploring the deep-water and benthic marine habitats of two mid-Atlantic Canyons located offshore of Virginia and Maryland. Read more

The biological and archaeological aspects of six World War II era shipwrecks in the north-central portion of the Gulf of Mexico. Read more


Excellence in Partnering Gallery