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).​​

Please use the Past Faculty Awards page​ to access information on previous awards made to CSU faculty members through our different funding programs. 

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 accepting proposals for the 2024-25 Grant Development Program. Proposals are due by Tuesday, September 10, 2024, 5:00 p.m. Pacific time. Please read the full Request for Proposals for proposal procedures and ​materials, eligibility and restrictions.

Match Funding for California Sea Grant Pathways to Inclusive Research Training Program​

On June 2, 2022, California Sea Grant released a solicita​tion​ ​for a new program entitled Pathways to Inclusive Research Training Program. For this program, California Sea Grant requires a 25% non-federal match. COAST will provide funding for the match requirement for any CSU-led proposal​, contingent upon available funding​​. Detailed information can be found here​.​

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. Funds must be used to support activities associated with unexpected or sudden events, including unanticipated management or policy decisions or actions. Examples of potential projects include (but are not limited to) responses to hazardous material releases (e.g., oil spills), mass stranding events, pathogen outbreaks, natural disasters, unanticipated policy/management decisions, and sudden discoveries. Funds may not be used to support activities related to predictable, recurring events that occur on an annual or seasonal basis with relative regularity (e.g., annual migration, seasonal spawning) or that are anticipated as part of a long-term planning process.​

Projects funded to date

We are accepting proposals for the 2024-25 Rapid Response Funding Program. Approved projects can begin as little as three (3) weeks from proposal submission date and MUST begin within eight (8) weeks of proposal submission date. Please read the full Request for Proposals​ for proposal procedures and ​materials, eligibility and restrictions.

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.

This program is on hiatus indefinitely. 

​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 skill, knowledge base and expertise of CSU faculty members.

Projects funded to date 

This opportunity will not be offered for AY 2024-25.​

State Science Information Needs Program

The State Science Information Needs Program (SSINP) funds research by CSU faculty members that responds to high priority marine, coastal, or coastal watershed science needs identified by the state of California. As a result of COAST activities, $3.2 million has been invested in new research within the CSU on the following topics: 

  • ​Microplastics and microfibers;
  • Sea-level rise;
  • and ocean and coastal compensatory mitigation and associated restoration. 

  • Pending additional funding, high priority topic areas will be considered for inclusion in a future round of funding. 

    Learn more about SSINP​