EcoChange is funded by the Swedish government, via Formas, as part of the government's strategic research initiative on marine environmental research. The project was granted 35.4 MSEK for 2010 – 2014. The funding was prolonged during 2015-2016, while awaiting further government decisions. At the end of the year 2016 the government decided to prolong the programme until 2020.
EcoChange is led by a programme board, a scientific coordinator and a steering group. The board and scientific coordinator is appointed by the Umeå University board. EcoChange is administered through Umeå University and the Department of Ecology and Environmental Science.
The programme was evaluated by the government via Formas in 2014. The expert panel praised the strategic programme, and pointed out the management, the international collaboration and the close contact with stakeholders as important success factors. The funding was prolonged during 2015-2016, while awaiting further government decisions.