Lenfest Ocean Program projects begin with developing an understanding of how the proposed research will inform a stakeholder’s question or support a decision-making process. The program funds research in two broad policy portfolios: wildlife and ecosystems; and climate impacts on oceans. Projects may address issues at a regional, national, or international scale.
Program officers evaluate each project’s fit with the Lenfest Ocean Program’s mission of supporting usable science as well as scientific approach and methods. Successful projects feature clear links between challenges facing stakeholders and decision-makers and the research questions and approaches needed to address them. The program encourages potential grantees to demonstrate how collaboration and partnership with interested communities have framed the project or shaped the research questions.
Among the criteria used to assess a project’s fit with the program’s mission are:
Contact the program officers below for more information: