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 (NEW)
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)

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.

Applications are accepted on a continual basis from August 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015, or until all funding is expended.

2014 Rapid Response Funding RFP (.pdf, 135 KB)
2014 Rapid Response Funding Cover Sheet (.docx, 109 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 2014-15 is now closed. Applications for AY 2015-16 will be accepted beginning in Spring 2015.

2014 Seminar Speaker Series RFP (closed)
2014 Seminar Speaker Series Application (.doc, 135 KB)

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 open. Applications are due Monday, April 27, 2015, 5:00 p.m. Pacific time.

2015 GDP Announcement (.pdf, 123 KB)
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)

Previous awards (includes awards from all previous faculty funding programs)

Graduate Student Research Awards
COAST provides support to CSU graduate students engaged in marine and coastal 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 Undergraduate Student Research Award Program has been replaced by the new Undergraduate Student Research Support Program.

The application period for AY 2014-15 is now closed.

Award Announcement (closed)
Application Form (.doc, 135 KB)
Departmental Commitment Form - NEW (.doc, 80 KB)
Post-Award Reporting Form (.doc, 82 KB)
Research Awards Flyer (.pdf, 186 KB)

Examples of previously funded applications

Previous awards

Undergraduate Student Research Support Program (NEW)
The new Undergraduate Student Research Support Program replaces the former competitive Undergraduate Student Research Award Program. Through this new program COAST will provide $2,500 directly to EACH campus to support marine and coastal research and related activities by undergraduate students. Campus Representatives will be responsible for implementing this program on their campus. Interested undergraduate students should contact their faculty advisors to learn more and get involved.

Program Description and Guidance (.pdf, 188 KB)

Student Travel Awards
COAST provides travel support for CSU undergraduate and graduate students to present the results of original research at marine, estuarine and coastal-themed scientific meetings and conferences, or special thematic sessions of more general scientific meetings.

Funding for travel occurring before March 31, 2015 has been expended. We are accepting applications for travel occurring April 1, 2015 through June 30, 2015. This does NOT apply to students from Cal Maritime, Dominguez Hills, Northridge, Pomona, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Marcos, Sonoma or Stanislaus. Students from those campuses can apply for funds covering any future travel dates before June 30, 2015.

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

Full award announcement (.pdf, 112 KB)
Online application
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

Photo Gallery

Previous Interns
2014 Interns | 2013 Interns | 2012 Interns | 2011 Interns