The 2013 Legislature established the Oregon Ocean Science Trust and Fund (ORS 196.565-569). The duties of the Trust are to:
- Promote peer-reviewed, competitive research and monitoring that leads to increased knowledge and understanding of Oregon's ocean and coastal resources.
- Promote innovative, collaborative, community-oriented, multi-institutional approaches to research and monitoring related to Oregon's ocean and coastal resources.
- Enhance the state's capacity for peer-reviewed scientific ocean and coastal research.
- Subject to available funding, establish and execute a competitive grant program to conduct research and monitoring related to Oregon's ocean and coastal resources.