How CORDAP Operates

By integrating the problem-solving abilities of the world’s best scientific minds in collaborative projects, CORDAP aims to develop effective, scalable solutions that can be transferred to and scaled up by, coral conservation practitioners. CORDAP’s open-source platform will allow any organization to advance and use the platform’s technologies.

CORDAP’s activities are governed and overseen by its Initiative Governing Committee (IGC), an international committee consisting of G20 nations, non-G20 nations, and international organizations.

Connecting donors with R&D providers

All donations and contributions to CORDAP will go directly to coral restoration R&D activities through a dedicated foundation.

How CORDAP Operates Image by Morgan Bennett-Smith

How CORDAP will support scientific projects

CORDAP will support scientific projects selected through global, targeted calls for proposals and reviewed by its Scientific and Advisory Committee (SAC). Our selection process will follow best-practice, streamlined procedures for project preparation and selection.


Saudi Arabia and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) will fund and support CORDAP’s administration costs.


Saudi Arabia has committed US$98M for the next 10 years.

2023 onwards

Our goal is to secure US$30M per year to fund coral restoration R&D activities.

Your contribution can fast-track research and development solutions to save the corals.