**Some programs are limited. Please read solicitations carefully and consult your Office of Research for specifics, such as limited applications through your university and internal application deadlines.**

The Lenfest Ocean Program is interested in supporting research projects that fill knowledge gaps and demonstrate how to incorporate a climate lens into protected area management. Changing ocean conditions due to climate variability and change, such as increasing temperature, ocean acidification, and deoxygenation, among others, are already impacting marine ecosystems worldwide. However, there is limited information and guidance about how established marine protected areas (MPAs) should consider the changing climate in their management. To that end, we are requesting proposals for research and planning grants focused on developing and providing usable information about managing protected areas in a changing ocean.

Individuals or groups interested in applying to the request for proposals (RFP) should read the “Managing Protected Areas in a Changing Ocean Request for Proposals” document carefully for information about the competition process and requirements.

The LOP is interested in proposals that aim to address or advance work on one or more of the following themes:
1. Monitoring ecosystem changes to inform management responses.
2. Incorporation of climate change considerations into MPA management.
3. Social-ecological impacts of climate change and their intersection with MPA management.
4. Enabling conditions for MPA governance and adaptation under climate change.

Research or planning activities proposed in this area could advance understanding of what key components of MPA governance are important enabling conditions for managing for climate change and how MPA management could be adapted to achieve effective, equitable, climate-informed outcomes.

Application Deadline: November 30, 2022 (LOI - optional); January 23, 2023 (Proposals)