Sponsor an OSMO

Not planning an open ocean cruise anytime soon? No problem!

Our sponsor an OSMO program gives you a chance to sponsor a device and follow its progress.

  • Ocean Sailing Microbial Observatory

    Register Your Interest!


    Sponsoring an OSMO gives you the chance to contribute to our work, without having to step off terra firma. With your generous sponsorship, one OSMO will teamed with one our citizen oceanographers out actively cruising the world’s oceans at any given time.

    Sponsorship covers the cost of manufacturing one unit, maintenance of that unit, consumables and scientific analysis of samples.

    Key Outcomes:

    • Strengthen brand awareness in the sailing community
    • Engender worldwide outreach returns through positive PR, high impact papers and strong social media and public involvement
    • Drive sales growth with strategic media coverage
    • Opportunity to name the OSMO and follow your sponsoree across the oceans!

    Key Deliverables:

    • Equip partner yacht of opportunity with OSMO technology
    • Collect over 40 samples during the sponsored cruise
    • Analyze and publish results in high impact journals
    • Communicate findings to general public

    Sponsorship opportunities are currently available for the following campaigns:

    • Great Barrier Reef – World’s First Microbiome Monitoring in Port Douglas
    • Costa Rica Dome – Microbiome Studies in the only MPA that Spans Coastal and International Waters
    • Vendee Globe on Zero Emissions – Climate Change Studies in the Southern Ocean

    All sponsorship donations are tax deductible to US citizens and US based companies! To register your interest, please contact us for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the ultimate purpose?

    By vastly increasing our number of observations, we can construct detailed baselines that can be used to identify changes in the ocean environment over time. This will lead the way for the scientific management and preservation of the oceans and coastal ecosystems. We will also be able to early indicators of potentially major declines.

  • What happens to the data?

    We abide by the principle that all collected data is considered part of global public goods. All of our collected data by ‘citizen oceanographers’ is analyzed, findings are reported in peer reviewed scientific journals and then deposited into gene banks such as NCBI and iMicrobe, a Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation funded project. Since each dataset release will be identified by unique identifiers that will include the names of sailing vessel involved in the collection, we hope that data users can be educated to accurately cite the source of pre-publication data, including the version of the dataset. Data users will be encouraged to contact Indigo V Expeditions to discuss publication plans in cases of uncertainty.

  • What measurements are taken?

    As a volunteer citizen oceanographer, you will be collecting the following parameters per sampling station:

    • microbiome / plankton sample
    • salinity
    • temperature

    You will also record the latitude and longitude of where each sample was taken, along with some observations of the sea state.



  • Who can become a citizen oceanographer?

    Anyone planning a cruise on the high seas! We do abide by the Nagoya Protocol, which means that we do not take any biological information from coastal zones within 200 nautical miles from land. If you’re planning on sailing further abroad, please get in touch!

  • Where in the vertical water column are the samples taken?

    The max depth is around 2 meters deep.

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