Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Leading the way in marine science research and teaching.

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science is the nation’s largest marine science center focused on coastal and estuarine science. VIMS carries out a three-part mission of research, advisory service and education.

VIMS faculty and students lead global efforts to understand the coastal environment and to provide independent scientific information that informs policy solutions for the Commonwealth of Virginia and for the nation. VIMS partners with research institutions throughout the world.

Annual Fund Support

To provide flexible funds to address the most pressing needs of the institute from year to year.    

Endowments for Professorships

To help us attract the very best faculty who are in worldwide demand.

Endowments for Graduate Student Fellowships

To keep us competitive in attracting the very best students who want to pursue marine science careers.

Scientific Equipment

To deliver cutting-edge research programs, VIMS must constantly acquire the most up-to-date equipment.

Specific Program Support

Chesapeake Bay research, oyster research, sea-grass research, wetlands research, toxicology and water quality research, and the VIMS Climate Change Initiative are just a few examples.


Amy Fisher
Director of Development
Executive Director VIMS Foundation

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