In February 2010, we established a multi-source account for the support of OBIS, within the IOC Special Account. Donations were received from:
2013: Martin International and The Great Explorers.
2010-2012: Australia, Canada and Brazil.
OBIS also receives in-kind support from Belgium, India, U.S.A. and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
In addition OBIS is a partner in the iMarine project funded by the European Commission (November 2012 - May2014).
However, it is now necessary to mobilize extra-budgetary funding for the continued operation of the OBIS programme from 2013 onwards. See IOC Circulation Letter 2441 asking for contributions to further support OBIS.
In the past, OBIS sponsors provided significant funding that has contributed to OBIS development. This may be direct funding, such as from:
- Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
- European Commission
- Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
- National Science Foundation (NSF)
- National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP)
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
- UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (UNESCO-IOC)
Indirect financial support is equally significant. It includes support from the institutions supporting the Portal and Secretariat, Regional OBIS Nodes, other major Data Providers, and salaries of committee members. These include:
- Rutgers (The State University of New Jersey, USA)
- The EU network of excellence ‘Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning (MarBEF)’
- Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ, Flanders Marine Institute, Belgium)
- San Diego Supercomputer Center (USA)
- Centre of Marine Biodiversity (Canada)
- Bedford Institute of Oceanography (Canada)
- Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Marine Research (Australia)
- Duke University (USA)
- Natural History Museum (London, UK)
- National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA, New Zealand)
- Museum Victoria (Australia)
- Institute of Oceanology (China)
- National Chemical Laboratory (India)
- National Institute of Oceanography (India)
- South African Data Centre for Oceanography
- National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII, USA)
- University of Sao Paulo (Brazil)
- University of Concepcion (Chile)
- University of Kansas (USA)
- University of Kiel (Germany)
- University of Auckland (New Zealand)