Oceanography and climate system science are by necessity interdisciplinary, meaning that understanding requires knowledge of many traditional disciplines like biology, chemistry, geology, or physics. While interdisciplinary science often falls between the cracks of conventional science funding structures, our research was fortunate to receive support from two unique funding opportunities. The National Science Foundation recently started a program called "Emerging Topics in Biogeochemical Cycles" (or "ETBC") that specifically targets research crossing traditional boundaries. Our "ANACONDAS" proposal was supported by panels in both the Geosciences and Biosciences Divisions of NSF. The Moore Foundation's Marine Microbiology Initiative supported "ROCA" through a special program for "Multidisciplinary Expansion," focused on supporting science that typically falls between traditional funding structures. Together, these two opportunities combine to support an outcome greater than the sum of its parts.