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. 

2018 COAST Annual Report (PDF)

What type of funding is available?

Student Grant Programs

  • Graduate Research Fellowships: Contingent upon federal funding, fellowships are available for the 2019-2021 academic years; granted for one or two years for full-time masters and Ph.D. students at any California academic institution who are engaged in coastal and marine research relevant to California. Fellowships begin February 1, 2020, 10-12 fellowships will be funded up to $40,000 per year. Letters of Intent deadline: June 14, 2019, 5pm PST. Full Proposal deadline: August 8, 2019, 5pm PST.
  • 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 deadlines, funding available for July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020.
  • COAST Undergraduate Student Research Support Program: End of year reporting extended to May 15, 2019. 
  • Student InternshipsPAID summer internship positions that cover a broad range of interests including fisheries management, species conservation and protection, ocean data analysis and synthesis, and marine engineering. Internship hosts are state and federal agencies, non-profit organizations and private industry. Both undergraduate and graduate students can apply (undergraduates must be in their second year in order to be eligible). If students have any questions they should contact COAST directly: epardieck@csumb.eduThe deadline for applications: Typically March. 

Faculty Grant Programs

  • California Sea Grant Program: Call for project proposals to begin after February 1, 2020. 

    Faculty and academic staff from universities and scientists from research institutions throughout California are invited to apply. Funding for 11-14 projects contingent upon receipt of anticipated funds from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Project budgets should range from $25,000 to $80,000. Letters of Intent deadline: June 21, 2019, 5pm PST. Full Proposal deadline: August 8, 2019, 5pm PST. 

  • Grant Development Program: Request for proposals for work to be conducted between May 1, 2020 - Oct. 31, 2021. Awards of up to $20,000 are designed 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. Deadline: September 9, 2019, 5pm PST.
  • 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. Deadline: Typically April.
  • USC Sea Grant Program: Call for preminary proposals for research projects beginning February 1, 2020. Projects should focus on topics pertaining to the "Urban Ocean," USC Sea Grant's primary focus. University faculty and academic staff at California academic or research institutions are eligible to apply, and we encourage interdisciplinary and inter-institutional projects. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact USC Sea Grant to discuss potential projects at (213)740-1961. Deadline: Typically March.

Additional Programs

  • Wetlands Resoration for Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program: Managed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the program supports implementation activities that restore or enhance wetlands in order to provide quantifiable GHG benefits and co-benefits (e.g. habitat restoration, recreational space). Roughly $4.5 million available. 
    Drafts of the Proposal Solicitation Notice and Solicitation and Evaluation Guidelines have been released; public comment on these two documents will be accepted until June 18, 2019. DFW will be hosting four workshops on this solicitation and evaluation; for more information click here
  • CA Ocean Protection Council (OPC) Proposition 84 Competitive Grant Program: $7 million 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.
  • Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB): Solicitation for the Regional Conservation Investment Strategies (RCIS) program. Funds can be used to develop a RCIS, which are strategies to identify and prioritize conservation actions and habitat enhancement actions for focal species and other conservation elements at the sub-ecoregional scale, as defined by USDA. Priority is given to areas without a Natural Community Conservation Plan (NCCP) or regional Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP). Twenty million available and distributed on a rolling-basis; projects funded must be completed and funds expended before March 31, 2022. Deadline: Typically May. 
  • National Coastal Resiliance Fund 2019: Managed by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the fund restores, increases and strengthens natural infrastructure to protect coastal communities while also enhancing habitats for fish and wildlife. Project types: Project Site(s) Assesement and Preliminary Design, Final Project Design and Permitting, Resoration and Monitoring. $29 million available; a minimum 1:1 non-federal match in cash or in-kind services is expected and strongly encouraged. Pre-proposal deadline: Typically May. 
  • NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER): Soliciting ocean exploration proposals to address knowledge gaps and support growth in the Nation's Blue Economy and/or to contribute to Seabed 2030 goals. Proposals are being requested on the following three topics: ocean exploration, marine archaeology and technology. Questions may be directed to oer.ffo2020@noaa.gov. Deadline for pre-proposal submission: Typically May.
  • State Coastal Conservancy’s Climate Ready Grant Program: Program purpose is to support multi-benefit projects that use natural systems to assist communities in adapting to the impacts of climate change. Particular focus this round on projects that include managed retreat, natural shoreline infrastructure, living shorelines and/or habitat enhancement. $2.8 million available; 35% of awarded funds must benefit disadvantaged communities. Deadline: July 1, 2019. 
  • State Coastal Conservancy (SCC): Announces grant guidelines for San Francisco Bay Climate Adaptation Program, funded by Proposition 68. $14 million available; projects must take place in San Francisco Bay or in surrounding 9 counties and "entail the construction or acquisition of capital assets and/or activities that are incidentally but directly related to construction or acquisition, such as planning, design and engineering; capital assets are tangible physical property with a useful life of at least 15 years." Deadline for comments on draft grant guidelines: July 19, 2019. 
  • NOAA Sea Grant Aquaculture Initiative: More than $13 million in funding available to foster the expansion of sustainable U.S. ocean, coastal and Great Lakes aquaculture sectors.
  • 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 (SCC) 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.
  • California Natural Resources Agency’s Cultural, Community, and Natural Resources (CCNR) Program: California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018 (Proposition 68); $37 million available. Public universities are not listed but per CSUMB Sponsored Programs, a campus' auxiliary/corporation/non-profit should be able to apply. Projects must qualify under one of the following five categories: Resources, Fossil Fuel Powerplant Conversion, Science Centers, Park, Water and Natural ResourcesCommunity, Culture and Education. Concept proposals due: Typically February.

  • Bay Area Priority Conservation Area Grant Program Priority Conservation Areas (PCAs) are very specific geographic areas of open spaces in the SF Bay Area that provide agricultural, natural resource, scenic, recreational, and/or ecological values and ecosystem functions (see maps). $10 million is available; projects may range from $100,000-$1,000,000; 66% match requirement. Per CSUMB Sponsored Programs, neither the university nor campus auxiliary/corporation/non-profits are eligible to apply. However, the university and/or the auxiliary/corporation/non-profit could be a subawardee/subcontractor to an eligible lead applicant. Letter of Interest are due February 25, 2019.

  • The California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) has released grant guidelines for public comment for its Proposition 68-funded programs. Proposition 68 allocated $56 million to the OPC over the next several years and research and monitoring are allowed activities. The 2019 solicitation will solicit projects totaling $10 million for Climate Preparedness and may include up to another $10 million for Ocean, Bay, and Coastal Protection. If you wish to submit comments on the draft grant guidelines, email them to Prop68@resources.ca.gov by the February 28, 2019 deadline. 

    OPC Proposition 1 Proposal Soliciation (Final round): 
    OPC is looking for proposals to address four priorities: 1) marine managed areas, 2) coastal and ocean water quality impacts, 3) fisheries, and 4) climate change. Please consult the OPC’s Prop. 1 Grant Program page for full details including Grant Guidelines, the Solicitation Announcement and Application Instructions, and Grant Guidance. OPC is offering consultation on projects prior to submission of the grant application. Deadline: Typically March.

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