Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

Ocean Life, Planet Health


Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is a “soft money” institution dedicated to research, education and enterprise in ocean sciences. The Laboratory is organized as a private non-profit corporation 501(c)(3) exclusively for charitable scientific purposed including research, education, and the promotion and use of knowledge relating to ocean sciences. More information about the Laboratory’s organization can be found in our Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws.

The Laboratory is governed by a Board of Trustees and managed by an Executive Director with his executive team and the Senior Research Scientist committee structure. Our principal scientists are self-funded through research awards. Federal, state, and private foundation research grants support laboratory operations and administration such that the Laboratory currently employs over 70 staff, augmented by interns and volunteers.

The Laboratory’s Strategic Plan guides the diversity of the Laboratory’s portfolio providing educational partnership and technology transfer alongside our established tradition of innovative basic research. Our recent financial statements provide an overview of the health of the organization.

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