CCRES is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the World Bank and The University of Queensland (UQ). 

Together with the GEF, the World Bank and UQ, the project’s international partners include Cornell University, University of California (Davis), the University of the Philippines and Currie Communications which provide world-class expertise in scientific discovery, systems thinking, business innovation and stakeholder engagement.

CCRES is 'Phase Two' of the Coral Reef Targeted Research & Capacity Building for Management (CRTR) Program (, 2005-2010) which was also joint-funded by the World Bank, the GEF and UQ.