We believe that bluetech startups will have a lasting positive impact on the future of the ocean.

USM Research Foundation

USM is charting the path forward to the next chapter of growth focusing on discoveries, advancing innovations, and new practices for the blue economy. The Gulf Blue initiative brings together research scientists, Federal agencies, industry partners and entrepreneurs to establish a Blue Economy Innovation District that leads the development of world-changing innovations.

Other Program Partners


“We are excited to partner with the Gulf Blue Navigator to explore the opportunities that await us at the intersection of research, industry, and innovation.”

Rear Adm. Nancy Hann, director of NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps.

The Gulf Blue Navigator program is made possible by sponsoring foundations, companies and individuals that prioritize the ocean as a source of solutions.

Join us in making this vision a reality. Contact us to learn more about partnering.

Interested in Mentoring?

Are you an expert in one of the bluetech fields, or a practitioner with time to spare? We’d love to get you involved. Please let us know a little more about yourself by filling out this form.