Support a World-Class Oceanographic Institute

At Florida Atlantic University Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, our dedicated team of scientists, educators and students make a difference every day through impactful marine science research, education and outreach programs. With the help of our generous supporters and philanthropic partners, we can continue to work towards our mission of Ocean Science for a Better World®.

Our Philanthropic Priorities

FAU Harbor Branch Executive Director’s Fund

Gifts to the FAU Harbor Branch Executive Director’s Fund are particularly powerful tools in addressing the most urgent priorities of the Institute and our oceans. Your investment supports vital needs ranging from seed funding for research projects and technology upgrades to emergency student support.

Marine Ecosystem Conservation

From the seagrass meadows of the Indian River Lagoon to the coral reefs of the Atlantic Ocean, FAU Harbor Branch researchers are working to better understand and conserve critical marine ecosystems and the plants and animals that live there.

Ocean Health: Human Health

For decades, our scientists have looked to the ocean to discover new treatments for life-threatening diseases, while also seeking to understand how environmental toxins can impact human health.

Aquaculture Innovation and Food Security

To meet the needs of a growing population, our researchers are working to advance the aquaculture industry by developing techniques that help increase the sustainable production of safe, high-quality seafood.

Technological Innovation

Engineering advanced technologies is the foundation upon which FAU Harbor Branch was built and continues to serve as the overarching solution to better understanding our coastal and ocean environments.

Marine Science Education

From budding high-school marine scientists to newly graduated Ph.D.’s, FAU Harbor Branch is dedicated to educating the next generation of scientists by providing the opportunity to study at a world-renowned oceanographic institute.

Community Outreach and Engagement

Through our Mission: Ocean Discovery outreach programs, FAU Harbor Branch aims to increase the presence, accessibility, and value of science, inspiring the next generation of researchers and ocean stewards.

For more information on funding opportunities, contact:

Brandon McHenry, Assistant Director of Membership, at or 772-242-2214.

Donations to Florida Atlantic University Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charity, are tax-deductible as defined by law.

We can’t thank you enough for your generosity and support.
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Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute is a world-class research organization with a focus on exploring the marine environments, studying key species and understanding the connection between humans and the ocean. Founded in 1971 as Harbor Branch Oceanographic Foundation, Inc., the Institute expanded its reach to over 100 miles along Florida’s east coast when it joined Florida Atlantic University in 2007. Located in St. Lucie County, our 144-acre campus along the Indian River Lagoon employs over 200 scientists, engineers, educators, staff and students. To this day, the Institute actively pursues solution-oriented research that addresses some of the most critical issues affecting coastal zones, oceans and human well-being.
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