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 Foundation is the only independent, 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

Make a splash as a Reef Citizen Scientist for National Science Week

Queenslanders can become Reef Citizen Scientists for a day, both in and out of the water, to help protect and preserve the Great Barrier Reef during National Science Week 2015.

World Heritage Reef decision

The Great Barrier Reef will not be inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger, following the decision of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee issued at its 39th session meeting in Bonn, Germany.


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