Anthropocene Institute supports research and development of new technologies that have the potential to improve the health and sustainability of the ocean on a broad scale through technological advances that lower costs, and make ocean health data available for general use through open data platforms. The main themes can be found below. If your project does not fit in these areas, but would support our general goals, please contact us at grants@anthinst.org.


We support research efforts towards understanding how we can improve ocean health by improving technologies for sustainability:

  • Technology advances in sustainable zero-waste aquaculture that alleviate pressures on wild fish
  • Advances in feed production that reduce environmental impact

Coastal Habitat Restoration

Aquatic coastal habitats has been significantly altered by human activity. We support restoration efforts or technologies that go beyond improving a single component of the aquatic environment but benefits local ecosystems at large.

  • Reduction of agricultural runoff, urban pollution and deterioration of aquatic environments
  • Development or application of existing technological advances towards aquatic restoration

  • Restoration and monitoring of coastal systems towards increased biodiversity

  • Measurement and prevention of aquatic pathogens and harmful algal blooms

Grant Cycles

Preliminary proposals will be reviewed on a six-month cycle each year. Deadlines for applications are end of November and end of May. Once the preliminary proposals are reviewed, Anthropocene Institute will invite applicants individually to submit a full proposal.

Preliminary proposals

Should include an overview of how the project fits within the context of the Anthropocene Institute’s areas of interest.  It should also include an anticipated impact of proposed project in terms of quantifiable ecological benefit.  Explain how the technologies you develop hold promise for cost reduction, replication, and scaling for broad impact in a way that is novel.  Please also include a timeline of proposed activities as well as a rough draft of proposed budget.  Grants are in the $40-$50K range. Preliminary proposal documents should not exceed 3 pages.