CSU Council on Ocean Affairs, Science & Technology (COAST)

COAST promotes research and education to advance our knowledge of marine and coastal resources and the processes that affect them and disseminates scientific information to stakeholders for the development of responsible policy statewide. The scope of COAST includes

  • The open and coastal ocean;
  • Coastal zones (bays, estuaries, beaches);
  • Coastal watersheds: there must be clear and direct linkages between the organism, material or process in the watershed and the coast or ocean (e.g., anadromous fish, surface and groundwater flow, water quality).

Work supported by COAST is NOT limited to California. Please visit the COAST about page for more information.

What type of funding is available?

Student Grant Programs

  • Graduate Student Research Awards: $3,000 awards for research/living expenses to graduate students engaged in marine, coastal and coastal watershed research with CSU COAST faculty members.
  • Student Travel Awards: travel support for continuing undergraduate and graduate students to attend and present the results of original marine, coastal and coastal watershed research at scientific meetings and conferences. Rolling deadline, funding available for July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019.
  • COAST Undergraduate Student Research Support Program
  • Student Internships: PAID summer internships with state and federal agencie​s, non-profit organizations and industry. Internships for Summer 2019 will be announced in January 2019.

Faculty Grant Programs

  • Seminar Speaker Series Program: we encourage any department to consider applying for funds for Fall 2017 or Spring 2018 to host a speaker from another CSU campus to talk about his/her marine, coastal or coastal watershed related research. Rolling deadline.
  • Short Course, Workshop and Symposia Funding Program: develop and host a short course, workshop or symposium on any topic that falls within or is related to the scope of COAST. Rolling deadline.
  • Grant Development Program: awards of up to $20,000 to stimulate full proposal development and submission by CSU faculty members and research associates. Proposals to develop full-length proposals for extramural funding on any topic are eligible providing they seek to advance or promulgate knowledge of our marine, coastal and estuarine resources and the processes that affect them.
  • CA Sea Grant New Faculty Special Focus Awards
    New faculty* from universities throughout California are invited to apply for up to $70,000 to address any area of interest to California Sea Grant. Application Deadline: April 10, 2018.

Additional Programs

  • CA Ocean Protection Council (OPC) Proposition 84 Competitive Grant Program: $7,000,000 to be split equally between the California Sea Grant College program and the University of Southern California (USC) Sea Grant program to fund and administer scientific research projects that support the OPC’s strategic plan and priorities. Fore more detailed information on the program, please visit the CA Ocean Protection Council (OPC) website.
  • NOAA Sea Grant Aquaculture Initiative: This competition is designed to foster the expansion of a sustainable U.S. ocean, coastal and Great Lakes aquaculture sector.
  • California Department of Fish and Wildlife Fisheries Habitat Restoration 2018 Proposal Solicitation Notice: The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) through the Fisheries Restoration Grant Program (FRGP) is soliciting proposals for projects that restore, enhance, or protect anadromous salmonid habitat in anadromous watersheds of California or projects that lead to restoration, enhancement, or protection of anadromous salmonid habitat, as well as contribute to the objectives of the California Water Action Plan, State Wildlife Action Plan, and the fulfillment of CDFW’s Mission. 
  • California State Coastal Conservancy: The California State Coastal Conservancy (Conservancy) seeks partners for joint applications for coastal wetlands acquisition and/or restoration projects on the California coast or in San Francisco Bay to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 round of the US Fish and Wildlife Service's (USFWS) National Coastal Wetlands Conservation (NCWC) Grant Program. Questions about the application process and potential projects should be directed to Joel Gerwein, External Grants Manager, 510-286-4170, Joel.Gerwein@scc.ca.gov.
  • CDFW Proposition 1 Restoration Grant Programs-DRAFT Solicitation
    CDFW has released its Draft Proposition 1 Restoration Grant Programs Proposal Solicitation Notice for Fiscal Year 2018-19 for public review and comment. The deadline to provide comments is March 30, 2018. Comments can be emailed to WatershedGrants@Wildlife.ca.gov.

Please visit the COAST Funding page for specific awards information.

How is funding awarded?

Funding for COAST is awarded to the College/Department. The College/Department Budget Analyst should be consulted during grant development to advise on allowable expenses and categories (e.g., hourly wages) and prior to expenditures once awarded.

How do I get support?

The Office of Research will assist students and faculty with grant development for COAST request.  Please contact the Office of Research at 408-924-2272 or officeofresearch@sjsu.edu.  For more detailed information on COAST, please feel free to reach out to any of the SJSU COAST Representative:

Scott Shaffer - Professor of Biology, scott.shaffer@sjsu.edu

Ryan Portner - Assistant Professor of Geology, ryan.portner@sjsu.edu

Michael Kaufman - Dean of College of Science, michael.kaufman@sjsu.edu