Our Mission

The Lenfest Ocean Program is a grantmaking program that funds scientific research on policy-relevant topics concerning the world’s oceans and communicates the results of the supported research to decision makers and other interested audiences. 

Supporting Research

Research projects supported by the Lenfest Ocean Program are motivated by policy questions for which additional scientific information could help inform decision makers of relevant marine science. We focus on the environmental, economic and social impacts of fishing, fisheries management and aquaculture. 

The Program does not accept unsolicited proposals. Instead, staff consult with scientists, stakeholders and decision makers to distill policy-relevant research questions and then canvass the scientific community to identify experts within their fields to formulate and conduct informative projects. A critical factor in developing research projects is determining the type of project that will be directly relevant to marine policy decisions.

Communicating  Results

The Lenfest Ocean Program invests substantial time and resources to ensure that supported research results reach decision makers and interested stakeholders. For each supported project, once research results are published in a peer-reviewed journal, we work with the supported scientists to translate the results into summary materials for dissemination.  Research results may earn media coverage, and the researchers may be asked to present their findings through briefings to interested parties. 

All of our materials are available to the public.  Our summary materials are available in electronic or hard copy, and any briefings are recorded and posted on project pages.

The Lenfest Ocean Program was established in 2004 by the Lenfest Foundation and is managed by The Pew Charitable Trusts.