Since 2007, Clear into the Future® has awarded over $2 million in competitive grants, fellowships, and sponsorships to university researchers, conservationists, and educators in the Delaware Estuary.
- Grants: $1+ million provided to 24 organizations
- Fellowships: $695,000 provided to fund researchers for a cumulative 20+ academic years
- Sponsorships: $158,000+ provided to 17 organizations
DuPont Chief Sustainability Officer Linda Fisher stated, “Enhancing and restoring ecosystems like the Delaware Estuary requires innovation, commitment, and cooperation. DuPont is extremely pleased to play a role in supporting important efforts aimed at protecting and preserving this environmental treasure.”
DuPont awards Clear into the Future® fellowships to dedicated graduate students whose research will add to the body of scientific knowledge about the Delaware River and Delaware Bay.
Fellowship winners are from the University of Delaware, Delaware State University, Rutgers University, and Drexel University. Awardees study a variety of topics including:
- Health of the blue crab population of Blackbird Creek Watershed.
- Sea level change along a reach of Delaware Estuary coastline.
- Filtration abilities of ribbed mussels with regards to oyster disease transmission.
- Effects of freshwater and saltwater flows on Delaware Bay oyster populations.
- Migratory behavior of juvenile sturgeon in the estuary.
- Reproductive habits of adult sturgeon.
- Effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals on horseshoe crabs.
- Spread of oyster maladies in the bay.
Grant winners represent non-government organizations from southeastern Pennsylvania, northern Maryland, southern New Jersey, and Delaware that educate young people about Delaware Estuary ecosystems; lead community-based projects to restore marine habitats; preserve environmentally sensitive land; and help the public arrive at a better understanding of the aesthetic, environmental, and commercial value of the Delaware Estuary.
Recipients have included the Brandywine Conservancy, Delaware Nature Society, the Delmarva Ornithological Society, the New Jersey Audubon Society, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, the Pennsylvania Sea Grant Program, the Rutgers University/Cousteau Center, the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory, the University of Delaware, the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, Pinchot Institute for Conservation, Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, the University of Maryland, and the American Birding Association.