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G. Unger Vetlesen Foundation

Support for research and operational support in marine and ocean conservation, climate change, wildlife, and earth sciences

Principal Office: USA

The G. Unger Vetlesen Foundation makes grants for research and operational support in marine and ocean conservation, earth sciences, climate change, and wildlife management.

The Foundation supports religious, charitable, scientific, literary, and educational initiatives in New York, elsewhere in the USA, and throughout the world.

Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources

Grants in natural and earth sciences. The Foundation’s interests include:

  • Oceanography;
  • Marine biology and fisheries;
  • Wildlife management;
  • Climate studies and atmospheric sciences; and
  • Geophysics.

The scope of funded projects ranges from local to international.

Grants are to nonprofit charitable organizations in the USA. Among the Foundation’s grant recipients are numerous universities, other educational and scientific institutions, and a few conservation NGOs.

Grant size is highly variable. Most grants range from US$10 thousand to US$700 thousand.

APPLICATIONAs of 01 March 2021, the Foundation no longer accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry (LOI) or proposals. All grants will be initiated internally by the Foundation.

About Grants

Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries


The Foundation shares grants lists for recent years.

The Vetlesen Prize is awarded for scientific achievement resulting in a clearer understanding of the Earth, its history, or its relations to the universe. The competition is open to any individual anywhere in the world. The prize consists of US$250 thousand and a medal.

The Foundation posts annual reports.

Contact Us provides full contact details and the address of the headquarters in New York, United States.

July 2021