A vision for a path forward 

Oregon State University is leading an innovative approach to marine research and education through the Marine Studies Initiative, an ambitious university-wide commitment that will fundamentally change how we study the ocean and its wide-reaching impacts.

Marine Studies is about opportunities for the ocean and our world.

Become a partner in this exciting and groundbreaking initiative by making a gift today that will have a profound impact for Oregon State and the future of the earth’s coasts and ocean. 

  • With a comprehensive plan that expands university facilities, partners with coastal communities, and involves all 13 of Oregon State’s colleges, OSU has launched a program unlike any other in the country—a multidisciplinary approach with the potential to benefit both the environment and the economy, in Oregon and around the world.
  • A $20 million grant from an anonymous donor has given OSU a tremendous opportunity to build a world-class program in marine studies. This grant supporting the new Hatfield Marine Science Center facility was strictly contingent on OSU raising an additional $20 million from philanthropic sources by June 30, 2017. Of this amount, $5 million is needed for the new facility, to be combined with $24.8 million in state bonds, plus $15 million for related programs and research.
  • Donors who gave $25,000 or more to the initiative will be recognized inside the building with a room or other architectural space named in their honor, in accordance with university naming policies. 

Make a gift today to support MSI 

Marine Studies Innovation Fund (Unrestricted)

The Fund for Innovation provides much-needed unrestricted support for the Marine Studies Initiative. Unrestricted funds are critically important for the growth and development of this new initiative. They allow for important strategic planning opportunities, provide faculty and undergraduate research opportunities, and provide flexibility for MSI to take advantage of emerging opportunities. 

Along Oregon’s coastline, students have access to the university's facilities such as the Hatfield Marine Science Center campus, and the Port Orford Field Station. These coastal facilities provide students with environments that encourage creative collaboration that have lifelong meaningful impacts. The Marine Studies Innovation Fund supports student learning opportunities at the coast such as; 

  • Experiential hands-on learning opportunities 
  • Scholarships for marine-related degrees 
  • Unique research and internship opportunities 
  • Housing support to live at the coast while studying

Make a Gift-Marine Studies Innovation Fund 


EDer Family Fund for dungeness crab research 

Dungeness crab is an important part of the Northwest’s seafood heritage, and has been commercially harvested since the 1800’s. The Dungeness crab fishery is Oregon’s most valuable ‘single species’ fishery. Eder Family Fund for Dungeness Crab Research supports research related to Dungeness crab and/or its fishery.                                 

Make a Gift - Eder Family Fund for Dungeness Crab Research



OSU Port Orford Science & Education Support Fund 

The station supports access to this unique marine and terrestrial ecosystem for transdisciplinary research and education, community priorities, and economic opportunities.  The field station has lab and classroom space, along with lodging for visiting scientists and students, and an air fill station for scientific and recreational divers.

 Your donation will enhance our ability to continue to provide this vital support to students and researchers, and to expand our work in this hard-working rural community, as its residents embrace the new blue economy.                               

Make a Gift - OSU Port Orford Science & Education Support Fund



Make a Difference

In addition to gifts of cash, donors can design a personal giving plan that combines the right asset with the right gift vehicle to meet their giving needs. Planned gifts include bequests, trusts, gift annuities, and other gift vehicles and can be funded with many different types of assets, including securities, real estate, CDs, and retirement assets. Contact our Gift Planning Office to learn more.

OSU Foundation - How To Reach Us

Doug Brusa, Director of Development, Marine Studies 
4238 SW Research Way
Corvallis, OR 97333-1068

1% for the Planet Network

The Marine Studies Initiative is proud to be a part of the 1% for the Planet network, which connects business and nonprofits to protect the planet. If you own a business, consider joining 1% for the Planet, naming Marine Studies Initiative as your beneficiary.

For more information, visit onepercentfortheplanet.org/join.