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The Ocean Solutions Fund supports experiments that seek to better understand and/or improve the health of our world's ocean.


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Do humpback whales have lasting social bonds and long term relationships?

Humpback whales were once wrongly considered solitary. However, recent research has shown that they can...

Low-cost monitoring of red tide and its viruses in the Philippines

HAB (harmful algal bloom/red tide) is a public health concern. Here, we are interested in the interaction...

Can low-cost, DIY hydrophones identify orca matrilines in real-time?

At Orcasound, we use underwater microphones (hydrophones) to monitor and conserve the endangered orcas that...

Could Hawaii seagrasses be facing extinction?

Seagrass meadows are vital for the health of the ocean because of their ability to absorb carbon from the...

Understanding seal behavior with artificial intelligence

Seals are important indicators for the health of our oceans, but it is often difficult to monitor their...

Adapting genetic technology for marine conservation

Protecting the ocean's biodiversity is essential for the health of the planet and communities. Marine Protected...

Are sharks contributing to salmon declines in the Pacific Northwest?

Many research and conservation efforts are dedicated to managing species like salmon, and these often try...

What is the known diversity of Somali waters?

During Somalia’s 30-year-long civil war, my country lost many of our marine scientists. Now, Somalia lacks...

Can ocean spray seed ice crystals in clouds?

It has been suggested that diatoms and other ocean biologics are transported to the atmosphere when waves...

Characterizing the deep sea habitats of the Seychelles using new, affordable deep-sea technology

The deep sea makes up more than 90% of our ocean yet receives little attention due to poor access to technology...

Can corals acclimate to higher temperatures?

Urgent action is needed to protect coral reefs in the face of a changing climate. In Hawaiʻi, outflow from...

Using genetics to assess spatiotemporal variations in recruitment of native and introduced mullet in Kaneʻohe Bay, Oʻahu

Native mullets (ʻamaʻama) are vital to Hawaiian aquaculture. In Kāne‘ohe Bay, yearly recruit abundance is...

Using citizen science to gather data to inform sea turtle conservation in Trinidad and Tobago

All 5 sea turtle species in T&T are considered globally Threatened by the IUCN. Effective conservation...

Tracking non-breeding endangered Benguela seabirds to inform conservation strategies

Cape Cormorants and Cape Gannets are Endangered seabirds that primarily feed on sardine and anchovy . Although...

Can we improve the survival of larval yellow tang by understanding its microbiome?

Yellow tang are vital to Hawaii’s reef ecosystems, but wild populations have been drastically declining...

Could newly discovered deep-water kelp forests in Galapagos act as climate change refuges?

Following the discovery of extensive deep-water marine forests made up of rare tropical kelp species in...

Do deepwater corals eat microplastics?

We aim to provide the first report of microplastic presence (or absence) in deepwater corals. Deepwater...

Effects of marine pollution on Halophila hawaiiana

Halophila hawaiiana is a Native Hawaiian seagrass that creates a habitat relied on by many organisms. H...

Can we identify individual manta rays in real-time using AI and remote technology?

This project combines AI, high-resolution cameras, and existing manta behavior research to test a program...

Optimizing nitrogen loading in a micro nursery for nori

Edible seaweeds provide a sustainable source of healthy food and ecosystem services, including habitat for...

Can we identify spawning events in deepwater snappers and groupers?

Nearshore deepwater fisheries are expanding in the Caribbean as coastal fisheries decline. Because deepwater...

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More About This Challenge

The sciency details

Submission Deadline:
Nov 28, 2022

Frequently Asked Questions

How do challenge grants work?

Projects can be submitted now! The funding will be distributed according to project needs on a first-come, first-granted basis. The sooner you submit a project, the better your chances of receiving the additional support!

Can I still submit a project?

We are accepting projects on a rolling basis. To participate submit an Experiment project and email support@experiment.com to be considered for the challenge.

Challenge Aims

A message from David Lang and Eric Stackpole:

Ten years ago, in the early days of our OpenROV project, we were two people with an ambitious idea to transform ocean exploration with an open-source, low-cost remotely-operated vehicle (ROV). Many experts told us it couldn't be done — we were being too optimistic and idealistic. Luckily we found support through an engaged community and a crowdfunding project that helped jumpstart the project. We also were incredibly fortunate to get a small grant that nudged us up to the starting line

Now we want to pay that forward. Thanks to the support of Schmidt Marine Technology Partners, we have $50,000 that we're going to contribute to ocean science and technology projects here on Experiment. We will back each project up to 50% of the project cost (up to $5,000/project). The funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. The sooner you fill out a project application the better (use the "start a project" link below). In addition to the funding, we hope to stay engaged with the projects as mentors and supporters, helping in any way we can to make the experiments a success. 

Bold ideas and questions are encouraged to apply. We're biased towards projects that come from genuine curiosity and passion, less by projects that are seeking citations and status. Reach out if you have any questions. Better yet: start and submit your project!

Project Eligilibity

Projects must meet Experiment project guidelines and funding discretion rests with the Experiment Foundation science leads.

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