The Mars Institute is an international non-governmental organization created with the goals of advancing the scientific study and exploration of Mars, conducting peer-reviewed research, and educating the public about Mars exploration. It was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in both United States and Canada in 2002.
The Haughton-Mars Project is an interdisciplinary research project being carried out by the Mars Institute and SETI. The institute also supports two other projects: the Mars Institute Mars-1 Humvee Rover and the Romance to Reality project. Donated by AM General, the Mars-1 Humvee is designed to accommodate crews of up to four researchers on Devon Island and to act as a test bed for future crewed rovers on the Moon and Mars. The Romance to Reality: Moon & Mars mission plans project is a collection of annotated Moon and Mars exploration studies carried out since 1950.
Mars Institute-USA is based in the NASA Ames Research Park at Moffett Field, California. Mars Institute-Canada is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia.