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Ocean Solutions


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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.

The Projects

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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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Understanding seal behavior with artificial intelligence

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

Optimizing nitrogen loading in a micro nursery for nori

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

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 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...

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...

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...

Effects of marine pollution on Halophila hawaiiana

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

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More About This Challenge

The sciency details

Submission Deadline:
Mar 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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