The Lenfest Ocean Program is interested in supporting research projects that fill knowledge gaps and demonstrate how to incorporate a climate lens into protected area management. Changing ocean conditions due to climate variability and change, such as increasing temperature, ocean acidification, and deoxygenation, among others, are already impacting marine ecosystems worldwide. However, there is limited information and guidance about how established marine protected areas (MPAs) should consider the changing climate in their management. To that end, the Foundation is requesting proposals for research and planning grants focused on developing and providing usable information about managing protected areas in a changing ocean.
Successful projects in this RFP will pay particular attention to ensuring the involvement of managers, stakeholders, and other potential partners or community groups through engagement activities that should be built into the proposed work.
The LOP will accept proposals for either of two types of projects, a research grant or a planning grant: