The goals and vision of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute are set out in several guiding documents:

PDF of MBARI 2011 Strategic Plan

2011 Strategic Plan

The 2011 Strategic Plan sets forth the institute’s overarching goals:
  • Develop innovative technologies for studying and understanding the ocean.
  • Using that technology to explore and understand natural ocean systems. 
  • Share the knowledge gained, solutions devised, and the technology developed.
MBARI 2011 Strategic Plan (PDF)
2014 Technology Roadmap

2014 Technology Roadmap

The 2014 Technology Roadmap complements the Strategic Plan, focusing on opportunities for MBARI to contribute fundamental technological advances that will enable innovative research efforts locally and globally. The institute’s technology priorities are:
  • Taking the laboratory into the ocean
  • Enabling targeted sampling
  • Advancing a persistent presence
2014 Technology Roadmap (PDF)

MBARI Values Statement

MBARI was founded by David Packard to be an alternative to the traditional academic oceanographic research institution. MBARI is to be characterized by a peer relationship among scientists and engineers. The institute will be defined by its unique mission, vision, and values.
MBARI Values Statement
U.S. West Coast Strategic Plan

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation U.S. West Coast Strategic Plan

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has advocated for healthy oceans on the West Coast for two decades through a variety of grantmaking strategies, including an annual unrestricted grant to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Foundation. MBARI will provide support to advance science and knowledge to the goals set forth in the foundation's West Coast Strategic Plan.