About the Fund

The Fathom Fund is a new crowdfunding program supporting innovative marine research that will directly impact Canadians. This exciting program allows you, the donor, to decide which projects get off the ground. Researchers who raise 25% of their project costs through crowdfunding are eligible to receive up to 75% of the remaining project costs from the Fund.


The Fathom Fund was developed for researchers from across Canada who are motivated, energetic, and interested in connecting themselves and their work to communities.  

We are looking for researchers who share our vision for a new way to fund interesting and exciting marine research in Canada. We encourage applications for marine research projects from a wide range of researchers: new academics building their experience, non-traditional researchers with community support, students with innovative ideas, and organizations with academic partners. While every Fathom Fund project must have an academic partner, we believe that great science can go beyond a university lab. 

To learn more about our program and receive application guidelines, please contact MEOPAR.  


The Fathom Fund is an initiative of MEOPAR: the Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction and Response Network funds marine research, trains highly-qualified personnel, develops strategic partnerships, and works to connect results to real-world benefits for the Canadian economy and society. As a Network, MEOPAR’s strength lies in our connections—to researchers, partners, organizations and communities, all of whom have an interest in learning more about the risks and opportunities in the marine environment.


By supporting the Fathom Fund, you support high-quality scientific projects that strive to build a better future for our oceans and the communities who depend on them. Learn more about our current projects and crowdfunding campaigns below.