COAST Internal Funding Opportunities

Through funding from the CSU Chancellor’s Office and each individual CSU campus, COAST provides support to faculty and students with the goals of facilitating and promoting collaborative research, resource sharing, student educational and development opportunities and dissemination of data.

Strategic Investment Program
The new COAST Strategic Investment Program (SIP) is designed to stimulate CSU faculty members and research associates to seek external funding for significant, large-scale marine and coastal research or educational projects such as interdisciplinary centers or integrative activities that address major scientific and societal challenges across organizational boundaries. Awards are intended to support multi-investigator teams that will develop proposals seeking funding for substantial efforts that have the potential to be transformative, challenge existing paradigms, and seek solutions to grand challenges.

The application period for AY 2015-16 is now closed.

2015-16 Strategic Investment Program RFP (closed)
Proposal Cover Page (.docx, 109 KB)
Assigned Time Signature Page (.docx, 109 KB)

Projects funded to date

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.

The application period for AY 2015-16 is now open.

2015 Rapid Response Funding RFP (.pdf, 136 KB)
2015 Rapid Response Funding Cover Sheet (.docx, 116 KB)

Projects funded to date

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.

The application period for AY 2015-16 is open. Funding for Fall 2015 is still available. Review of applications for Spring 2016 will begin October 1, 2015.

2015 Seminar Speaker Series RFP (.pdf, 116 KB)
2015 Seminar Speaker Series Application (.doc, 85 KB)

Projects funded to date

Faculty Research Incentive Program
The Faculty Research Incentive Program has been subsumed by the Grant Development Program (GDP). Assigned time funding is still available to tenured/tenure-track faculty members through the opportunity below.

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, coastal and estuarine 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.

The application period for AY 2015-16 is now closed.

2015 GDP Announcement (closed)
2015 Proposal Cover Pages (.doc, 80 KB) (required for all proposals)
2015 Assigned Time Signature Page (.doc, 79 KB) (required only if assigned time funding is requested)

Projects funded to date

Graduate Student Research Awards
COAST provides support to CSU graduate students engaged in marine, estuarine, coastal and coastal watershed research with CSU COAST faculty members. These awards support students interested in pursuing marine-related careers and provide them with the opportunity to obtain the skills necessary to join a highly skilled, technologically advanced workforce while promoting and supporting CSU faculty research.

The application period for AY 2015-16 is now open. Applications are due Monday, October 26, 2015, 5:00 p.m. PDT.

Award Announcement (.pdf, 180 KB)
Application Form (.docx, 140 KB)
Departmental Commitment Form (.docx, 81 KB)
Post-Award Reporting Form (.docx, 83 KB)
Research Awards Flyer (.pdf, 207 KB)

Examples of highly ranked applications

Previous awards

Undergraduate Student Research Support Program
The Undergraduate Student Research Support Program replaces the former Undergraduate Student Research Award Program. Through this program COAST provides $2,500 directly to EACH campus to support marine, coastal and coastal watershed research by undergraduate students. Campus Representatives implement the program on their campus. Interested undergraduate students should contact their faculty advisors to learn more and get involved.

Program Description and Guidance (.pdf, 115 KB)
Interim Report Template for Campus Reps (.docx, 81 KB)
Final Report Template for Campus Reps (.docx, 87 KB)
Final Report Template for Student Awardees (.docx, 86 KB)

AY 2014-2015 Report (.pdf, 153 KB)

Student Travel Awards
COAST provides travel support for continuing CSU undergraduate and graduate students to attend and present the results of original marine and coastal-related research at scientific meetings and conferences.

Please note COAST has new guidelines and policies regarding travel reimbursements as of August 1, 2014. See award announcement for full details.

Funding for travel occurring between July 1, 2015 and September 30, 2015 has been expended. We are accepting applications for travel occurring between October 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.


For travel occurring between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016:

AY 2015-16 Award Announcement (.pdf, 113 KB)
AY 2015-16 Online Application
AY 2015-16 Student Travel Departmental Commitment Form (.docx, 79 KB)

Application deadline: No less than 75 days prior to scheduled departure date, OR your internal campus deadline for international travel, whichever is greater. No less than 45 days prior to scheduled departure date for domestic travel, OR your internal campus deadline for domestic travel, whichever is greater. US Territories are considered international for this purpose.

Previous awards

Student Internships
COAST partners with State agencies, non-profit organizations and industry to provide paid summer internships for continuing CSU undergraduate and graduate students. Interns work side-by-side with scientists on current research projects in both field and laboratory settings throughout California. This is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable experience and learn technical skills while working with professional marine scientists and field biologists.

The application period for Summer 2015 is now closed.

Summer 2015 Announcement and Application (closed)

More about the Summer Internship Program

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Previous Interns
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