Research for a resilient Reef

About the Great Barrier Reef Foundation

The Great Barrier Reef is beautiful and diverse: we must preserve it. The Great Barrier Reef Foundation is fostering a resilient reef for all generations by catalysing and funding science that informs, encourages and inspires.

The only independant, not-for-profit organisation in Australia dedicated solely to raising funds for scientific research into preserving the Great Barrier Reef.

Projects in Profile

Ocean Acidification Framework

Sir David Attenborough recently cited ocean acidification as the greatest threat facing our oceans today.

The Ocean Acidification Research Framework will develop the baseline knowledge needed to understand how increasing levels of acidification from carbons will impact the Reef and its organisms and ecosystems. This information can then be used to research long and short-term solutions for the Great Barrier Reef.... 

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Latest News

New $7 million investment in reef resilience announced

Foundation Managing Director Claire Hanratty today welcomed the announcement of a $7m investment in new reef resilience program by BHP Billiton. The new reef resilience investment will support marine research and rehabilitation at remote Raine Island off the Cape York Peninsula, as well as an overarching reef-wide ‘Reef Resilience Framework.’ 

Bommies winner unlocking secrets to restoring coral reefs

How does a coral choose where to live? 2012 Bommies Award winner Dr Steve Whalan says the key to restoring damaged coral reefs could be found in the real estate choices of corals and sponges.


Coral Reefs 101

Learn more about coral reefs and the direct threats they face.

Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan

The Australian & Queensland governments recently released the Long-term Sustainability plan for the Great Barrier Reef. The plan has at its core the vision of ensuring the Reef continues to improve on its Outstanding Universal Value every decade between now and 2050, to be a natural wonder for each successive generation.


Read the Foundation's summary of the 2050 Plan

The plan is also accompanied by a series of briefing notes and infographics which can be found here:

Long term sustainability plan