Campus Research Collaborations

Multi-Campus Collaborations

The CSU currently has ten Multi-Campus Collaborations, also known as Affinity Groups, that conduct research on a breadth of topics, from agriculture and biotechnology to desert and ocean life.

Agricultural Research Institute (ARI)

Working with the colleges of agriculture on four CSU campuses and allied disciplines across the CSU system, the ARI conducts applied research through university-industry partnerships.

Learn About ARI​​​

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

COAST promotes research and education that advance the knowledge of marine and coastal resources and the processes that affect them.

Learn About COAST

CSU Biotechnology (CSUBIOTECH) 

CSUBIOTECH makes grants to seed biotech research projects, curriculum redesign efforts, entrepreneurship, and partnerships with the life science industry. 


​California Desert Studies Consortium (CDSC) 

A collaboration of seven CSU campuses that promotes research and education in the geologically, biologically, and culturally diverse California desert regions 

Learn About CDSC

CSU Shiley Haynes Institute for Palliative Care

This institute increases access to and awareness of palliative care by educating health care professionals and communities about the value and practice of palliative care.

Learn About the Institute

​Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML) 

A consortium of seven CSU campuses with a beautiful facility on Monterey Bay, MLML has been dedicated to excellence in the marine sciences for half a century. 

Learn About MLML

Ocean Studies Institute (OSI) 

This consortium of nine CSU campuses in partnership with Southern California Marine is based out of L.A. Harbor and focuses on urban ocean and coastal sciences.​

Learn About OSI

Social Science Research & Instructional Council (SSRIC)

This council supports faculty and student research through shared access to databases, training and research opportunities, and events. ​

Learn About SS​RIC


As the newest of the CSU’s affinity groups, STEM-NET is designed to support California’s increasing need for STEM talent. ​​

Learn About STEM-NET


Founded in 2008, this systemwide resource is changing the way California manages water through research, partnerships, education, and training.

Learn About CSU-WATER​​