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Faculty Funding

Through funding from the CSU Chancellor’s Office and each individual CSU campus, COAST provides support to faculty members with the goal of facilitating and promoting cutting-edge research and professional development.

No-cost extension request form
Budget revision request form

Awardees are responsible for assuring that COAST is acknowledged in any publication (including Web pages) or presentation​ of material based on or developed under the COAST award as CSU Council on Ocean Affairs, Science & Technology (COAST).​​



Grant Development Program

COAST aims to increase extramural grant activity through support to CSU teaching and research faculty to develop and submit full-length proposals for extramural funding. Applications should seek to advance our knowledge of marine, estuarine, coastal and coastal watershed resources and the processes that affect them. Funds are intended to support activities deemed necessary to maximize subsequent success in obtaining external funding in support of scholarly work. 

Projects funded to date

We are now accepting proposals for the 2021 Grant Development Program. Proposals are due Monday, September 14, 2020, 5:00 p.m. Pacific time. 

2021 Request for Proposals
2021 Cover Pages​​ (required for all proposals)
2021 PI Support Pages​​ (required for each PI requesting reassigned time, additional academic year employment or summer salary support)
Prior Funding Report Form (required for prior COAST awardees)


Rapid Response Funding Program

The Rapid Response Funding Program provides funding for projects that require a quick response outside of the existing annual COAST funding programs. Projects can include response to unexpected or sudden events, those that have a short opportunity to access data, facilities or specialized equipment, or problems that require immediate attention. 

Projects funded to date

Proposals are being accepted on a continual basis through March 31, 2021, or until all funding is expended, whichever occurs first. Projects must begin between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021. 


Prior Funding Report Form

Preliminary results from prior awards


Seminar Speaker Series Program

The Seminar Speaker Series Program will provide funding to departments to host seminar speakers from other CSU campuses that they would not otherwise be able to invite. This program is intended to increase the exchange of ideas among campuses and ultimately lead to increased collaboration across campuses.

We are now accepting applications for the Seminar Speaker Series Program. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application within two weeks of submission.​


​Short Cours​e, Workshop and Symposium Funding Program

The purpose of the S​hort Course, Workshop and Symposium Funding Program is to stimulate the development and hosting of short courses, workshops or symposium on any topic that falls within or is related to the scope of COAST. The short course, workshop or symposium should promote inquiry, learning, and analysis with the intent to increase the knowledge base and expertise of CSU faculty members and students in particular. 

Projects funded to date 

We are now accepting proposals for events held between August 1, 2020, and November 30, 2021. Proposals will be accepted on a continual basis through April 30, 2021, or until all funding is expended.​


Prior Funding Report Form


State Science Information Needs Program

The State Science Information Needs Program (SSINP) will fund research by CSU faculty members that responds to high priority marine, coastal, or coastal watershed science needs identified by the state of California, such as

  • ​Sea-level rise
  • Ocean acidification and hypoxia
  • Water pollution (including marine debris and microplast​​ics)
  • Sustainable fisheries (including marine protected area management and sustainable aquaculture)​

  • If additional high priority areas are identified they will be considered for inclusion. The total amount of funding available for research under SSINP is $2.6 million. Most awards will range from $200,000-$400,000; requests up to $500,000 with significant justification may be considered. 

    Learn more about SSINP​