Meet the Challenge

The message is simple — we need more data to better understand our ocean. Everyone can make a difference. Start locally. Make it personal. All investments in ocean science are important. To help facilitate, Eastman Foundation invites you to participate in The Great Blue Challenge. The Challenge is designed to spark innovation, and to find unique, creative and potentially transformative projects that will expedite ocean research.

The international ocean community is coming together with a simple message: we need to better understand the ocean.

The ocean contains 97% of our Earth’s known water supply and is a fundamental driver of our climate system. Understanding our ocean is critical to being able to make long-term climate and weather variability predictions. While satellites can gather surface data relatively easily, scientists are constantly designing new instruments needed to gather data from below the water’s surface.

In short, we can’t manage what we can’t measure.

Why Eastman Foundation?

Eastman Foundation supports catalytic projects and initiatives focused on education, empowerment, economic development and the environment. With the right combination of resources, expertise and influence, we are able to help drive social innovation and continue doing Good for Good for people and the planet.

Because the ocean is so fundamental to our weather and climate systems, food web and global ecosystem, the Foundation is committed to supporting more partnerships and projects that will help us better understand the complexities of ocean science. The Great Blue Challenge is a direct result of this commitment and our ongoing desire to actively support environmental stewardship projects that will strengthen and improve quality of life for communities around the world.

Why Participate?

We believe everyone can make a difference. Eastman Foundation is issuing the Great Blue Challenge to spark innovation and to find unique, creative and potentially catalytic project ideas to expedite ocean research. This is your chance to impact our changing world.

Challenge Description

Participants complete the Great Blue Challenge Entry form, including a 250-word abstract of their project idea/proposal. All eligible submissions will be reviewed and finalists will have the opportunity to present their proposal in person or by videoconference to a panel of experts. A budget for the requested funding must be submitted with your proposal. Eastman Foundation will provide grant funding to each of the selected proposals through the non-profit, higher education, or charitable organization affiliated with the successful entry. Successful participants may use the funding provided through the Challenge only to further develop their idea or proposal and must submit a case study, with photography, within one year of receipt of the grant. Submitted case studies will be reviewed for inclusion in the Great Blue Challenge case studies on

To Apply

The application form and process to submit your 250-word abstract will be available on between June 8, 2019 and July 31, 2019.

All applications must be submitted through the Great Blue Challenge online application system. We do not accept mailed or emailed applications. All application materials must be submitted in English.