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G. Unger Vetlesen Foundation

GUngerVetletsenGrants 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.

APPLICATION: Interested grant seekers are invited to submit a letter of inquiry (LOI) according to guidelines on the Foundation’s website. These can be submitted at any time during the year.

If the LOI receives a favorable response, the Foundation will request a detailed proposal, and it may schedule a meeting with the prospective grantee. Proposals are reviewed twice a year.

About how to apply

Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries



Potential grant seekers should research the Foundation’s 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.

Last Profile Review

May 2020