At the Bay Campus, researchers conduct more than 200 projects, with a combined budget of approximately $30 million in federal, state, and private funds. GSO serves a community of scientists who are conducting research in all areas of marine science.
Research ranges from advancing our understanding of fundamental processes, to the development of new technologies for research and economic development, to the immediate practical application of knowledge to the solution of the problems of modern society. GSO research is conducted around the globe. This global expertise is also applied to studies in the local waters of Rhode Island and Narragansett Bay.
GSO faculty, marine research scientists, and professional staff collectively generate more than $30 million each year in external funding, which accounts for nearly 1/3 of the University's total. Support is generated primarily from federal agencies, as well as state and private sources. The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds most of GSO's investigator-driven research, with significant support from the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Departments of Commerce, Energy and Defense (DOE, DOE, DOD), and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
In addition to government and private support for research and outreach programs, GSO receives approximately $7 million in state support allocated primarily to salaries. GSO's share of indirect costs generated by grants is roughly $1.6 million, or approximately 34% of the total, and endowment principal totaling about $2.4 milllion produces interest income to support a range of programmatic endeavors.
GSO is well positioned to play a leading role in the next stage of ocean science and exploration with our strengths in observation-based research, modeling, and instrument development. GSO faculty and scientists are internationally recognized through their leadership in scientific programs, the impact of their research, their positions of leadership for scientific journals and societies, and their scientific awards and fellowships. Unique research strengths occur in all oceanographic disciplines.