Bold Ocean Science

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is an independent, nonprofit research institute located in East Boothbay, Maine. From the Arctic to the Antarctic, Bigelow Laboratory scientists use innovative approaches to study the foundation of global ocean health and unlock its potential to improve the future for all life on our planet.

Creative, cutting-edge science is our hallmark. We’ve reimagined ocean research – fusing the best of scientific inquiry and entrepreneurial ingenuity. This bold and nimble approach has transformed our independent nonprofit from a scrappy startup to a world-renowned hub of ocean discovery during the last 50 years.

With the help of our generous supporters, we’re empowering diverse researchers to collaboratively explore – and exceed – the traditional boundaries of their fields. Together, we are turning the tide on global challenges, and unlocking the incredible opportunity hidden in each drop of the ocean.

Strategic Plan

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences has developed a roadmap for the next five years. The Laboratory’s Board of Trustees and Senior Research Scientists unanimously endorsed a detailed strategic plan that outlines specific ways the Laboratory will advance and grow its research, education, and enterprise activities through 2020. The plan is available for download here.

Among the highlights of the plan include investing in its senior scientists and their staff to ensure that they have the resources needed to succeed, achieving a greater presence in international scientific planning and global research programs, strengthening technology transfer, and fee-for- service applications, expanding educational programs, and increasing outreach efforts to explain why the ocean and microscopic life matter.