Partner Organizations

National Science Foundation

NSFThe National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…” With an annual budget of $7.5 billion (FY 2016), we are the funding source for approximately 24 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing.


The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

fletcher trueAt The Fletcher School, for more than 80 years, we have tried to “know the world.” Our job is to prepare our graduates to be practitioners in every dimension of international relations: economics, finance, diplomatic history, politics, culture, security and many other disciplines. The challenges we face in this turbulent 21st century quite literally transcend borders – we must be ready to connect in every sense of the word.


University of California Santa Barbara

UCSBHere on the edge of the Pacific, in a setting removed from urban pressures and distractions but vibrant with cultural and academic activity, many of the country’s most promising students join a community of scholars whose accomplishments are internationally recognized and whose skills as teachers are evident each day in classrooms and laboratories.


University of Alaska Fairbanks

UAFWith undergraduates making up 89 percent of the total student body, UAF is a hotbed of diversity and fresh thinking. Whether you’re returning to school to start a new phase of your life or coming in as a recent high school graduate, you’ll quickly make new friends with a similar drive to achieve. And, because our backyard is the vast environmental laboratory of Alaska, UAF attracts exceptional individuals — academic superstars and adventure-seekers alike.


University of Colorado-Boulder

U of Colorado BoulderLocated at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, the University of Colorado Boulder has an awe-inspiring view from campus. Our world-renowned faculty maintain a reputation for excellence in research, creative work and teaching across 150 academic fields. From hands-on learning to close connections with dedicated faculty, CU Boulder prepares students to become leaders within Colorado and throughout the world.

Agence National de la Recherche

anrANR funds project-based research in all science fields (both basic and applied research) through an internationally compliant competitive peer review process; grant recipients include public research organizations, universities, and companies big and small.


Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie

UPMCUPMC is the largest scientific and medical complex in France, active in many fields of research with scope and achievements at the highest level, as demonstrated by the many awards regularly won by UPMC researchers, and the many international partnerships it maintains across all five continents. Several university rankings have regularly put UPMC at the 1st place in France, and it has been ranked as one of the top universities in the world. The ARWU (2014) has ranked UPMC as the 1st in France, 6th in Europe and 35th in the world and also 4th in field of mathematics, 25th in field of physics, 14th in field of natural sciences and 32nd in field of engineering, technology and computer science.


The Research Council Of Norway

WHRCNorges forskningsråd (The Research Council of Norway) is a Norwegian government agency responsible for awarding grants for research as well as promoting research and science. It also advises the Government in matters related to research, and is subordinate to the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. The council’s total budget in 2009 amounted to NOK 6 165 million.


Norwegian Polar Institute

Norwegian Polar InstituteNorsk Polarinstitutt (Norwegian Polar Institute) is Norway’s central governmental institution for scientific research, mapping and environmental monitoring in the Arctic and the Antarctic. The Institute advises Norwegian authorities on matters concerning polar environmental management and is the official environmental management body for Norwegian activities in Antarctica.


MGIMO University

The Moscow State Institute of International Relations
Moscow State University of International RelationsMGIMO University (Moscow State Institute of International Relations) is affiliated with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Under a Memorandum of Understanding, Arctic Options researchers will collaborate with professors at MGIMO on Arctic policy research of international concern relating to emerging issues in the fields of law, political science, economics, and oceanography.




Carleton University

carleton u can logoSituated on a beautiful campus bordered by the sparkling Rideau River and Canal, Carleton is just minutes from the heart of our nation’s government and enjoys easy access to the many organizations, associations and businesses which thrive in Ottawa. Many of Ontario’s leading high tech companies surround our campus where cutting-edge research joins with highly innovative teaching to solve real-life problems. Members of a dynamic, research-intensive university, Carleton’s faculty and staff provide a superior learning experience for our fine students who hail from every province and from over 100 countries around the world.


Ocean University of China

Ocean University of ChinaSince its establishment in 1924, OUC has devoted itself to the exploration, development and protection of the ocean as well as the training of talented personnel with high quality, so as to build a strong marine-based country, and to enhance the harmonious coexistence between mankind and ocean and the sustainable development through opening up the university to the outside world and strengthening international cooperation.




International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) is an international scientific institute that conducts research into the critical issues of global environmental, economic, technological, and social change that we face in the twenty-first century.


Woods Hole Research Center

WHRCWoods Hole Research Center is an independent research institute where scientists investigate the causes and effects of climate change to identify and implement opportunities for conservation, restoration and economic development around the world.


Space Quest, Ltd.

spacequestSpaceQuest, Ltd. is a leading developer of advanced satellite technology for government, university and commercial use since 1994, specializing in the design, development, testing and manufacture of spacecraft as well as space and ground components for operation with low-Earth orbiting satellites. Through innovative designs and the latest electronic technology, SpaceQuest is building microsatellites and satellite components faster and more cost effectively than ever before.


SEARCH Study of Environmental Arctic Change

SEARCHStudy of Environmental Arctic Change is an interagency effort in the United States to understand the nature, extent, and future development of the system- scale change presently seen in the Arctic. Currently, nearly 70 projects are funded as SEARCH activities by US agencies. Many more SEARCH-related projects are supported through other programs, centered on observing, understanding and responding to Arctic change. The US Arctic Observing Network is a component of SEARCH and provides an important backdrop for our project.


World Ocean Council

woc-clearThe World Ocean Council is an unprecedented international, cross-sectoral industry leadership alliance on “Corporate Ocean Responsibility”. The World Ocean Council (WOC) brings together the diverse ocean business community to collaborate on stewardship of the seas. This unique coalition is working to improve ocean science in support of safe and sustainable operations, educate the public and stakeholders about the role of responsible companies in addressing environmental concerns, more effectively engage in ocean policy and planning, and develop science-based solutions to cross-cutting environmental challenges that cannot be solved by one company or industry, such as: invasive species, ocean noise, marine mammal impacts, marine debris, the Arctic, and others.



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Mission Blue

MissionBlueMission Blue is an initiative of the Sylvia Earle Alliance (S.E.A.) to ignite public support for the protection of Hope Spots—special places that are vital to the health of the ocean, the blue heart of our planet. We draw inspiration from the vision of our founder, Dr. Sylvia Earle, and are uniting a global coalition of partners to inspire an upwelling of public awareness, access and support for a worldwide network of marine protected areas. From the seamounts of the high seas to the shallow sunlit reefs, Mission Blue seeks to bring about a significant increase in ocean protection from less than four percent today to 20% by the year 2020. Under Dr. Earle’s leadership, the Mission Blue team has embarked on a series of expeditions to further this vision and shed light on these ocean Hope Spots. We also bring the discoveries and stories of a network of ocean experts to the public through documentaries, social and traditional media, and innovative tools like Google’s “Explore the Ocean” layer. Additionally, we support the work of many conservation NGOs with whom we share the basic mission of ocean protection and public awareness.