SCOR receives funds from a large number of sources, including national membership contributions, and grants and contracts from U.S. federal agencies, private foundations, and international organizations. U.S. federal sponsors of SCOR activities include the National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. International support is obtained from the International Council for Science, International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, and Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission. The support of all of these agencies and organizations is gratefully acknowledged. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in SCOR-sponsored documents are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of SCOR's sponsors. SCOR's accounts are audited annually, in accordance with ICSU and U.S. government regulations.
National SCOR Committees pay one of five levels of dues, usually from the national academy or royal society in the nation, but sometimes by a national agency. The dues level is selected by the country, with countries with higher levels of ocean science activity usually paying a higher level of dues.
Nations applying for membership must decide on their membership category and associated dues level, and may increase or decrease their membership category over time.
|Category||2016 Dues||2017 Dues||2018 Dues||Member Nations|
|I||US$2,450||US$2,520||US$2,600||Brazil, Ecuador, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Pakistan, Poland, Switzerland, Turkey|
|II||US$6,490||US$6,700||US$6,900||Australia, Belgium, Chile, China (Taipei), Denmark, Finland, India, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain|
|III||US$12,730||US$13,110||US$13,500||China-Beijing, France, Italy, Korea, South Africa, Sweden|
|IV||US$25,340||US$26,100||US$26,900||Canada, Germany, United Kingdom|
|V||US$42,230||US$43,500||US$44,800||Japan, Russia, United States|