What We Fund


Scientific knowledge can support innovation and the implementation of robust solutions to complex conservation challenges. We support creative, timely research to spark fresh thinking and produce effective, innovative solutions.

Grounded in a use-inspired approach, we invests in developing knowledge that could significantly accelerate progress toward the Foundation’s conservation goals.

We support scientific assessments, research, and the connection of science and scientific thinking to decision-makers. We invest in:

  • Institutions and networks in support of scientific fields relevant to the Foundation’s conservation goals;
  • Research and science-based innovations that can have an impact on the Foundation’s ocean, climate, and land work;
  • Education and outreach related to the value and integrity of science in decision-making, and the value of scientific research to society.

Our People

Walt Reid

Vice President, Environment and Science

Chad English

Program Officer

Kathy Hesse

Program Associate

How to Get Support

The Conservation and Science program welcomes your ideas for funding requests. Please review our existing strategies and, if your work is aligned with our funding priorities and geographic focus, send a short description to the relevant Program Officer and Program Associate or send the description using the form here. Please do not send a full proposal until requested by the Program Officer.