Science Subprogram

Scientific knowledge is essential to conservation, but it is often difficult to produce information and data that is useful in decision-making. Useful knowledge is usually timely and relevant, trusted by decision makers, and is produced in a transparent, inclusive way in collaboration with users.

Our Goals

The Science Subprogram invests in developing knowledge that could significantly accelerate progress toward the Foundation’s conservation goals of ocean conservation, land protection and climate change. Our use-inspired approach, Linking Knowledge with Action, includes three essential elements:

  • We engage both scientists and decision-makers at the outset of a project.
  • Each project seeks to answer scientific questions that are likely to be used by decision makers.
  • Engagement with researchers should help decision makers better understand the limits of knowledge and scope of uncertainties as they make their choices.

What We Fund

We support scientific assessments, use-inspired research, and communication of science to decision-makers. Projects are required to have specific, measurable outcomes, achievable within one to three years. Normally, proposals are invited only when they are directly linked to the Foundation’s conservation strategies.

Our Approach

New strategy documents coming soon!

Our People

Walt Reid


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.