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Research Overview

Funding scientific research is a critical component in establishing unbiased and authoritative knowledge directly relevant to Delta management actions. This knowledge will advance the understanding of the complex environments and systems within the Bay-Delta system to aid policy-makers, managers and other decision-makers.


There are two mechanisms by which the Delta Science Program funds scientific research: (1) research grants and (2) science fellowships. Between the research grants and science fellowships, the Science Program and its funding partners have funded 126 research projects totaling over $37 million.


Research Grants Program

The Delta Science Program, in collaboration with stakeholders and independent scientists, identifies high priority focused topics for scientific research and solicits the scientific community for proposals to address the topics.


Research grants have been provided using a Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP) process. The 2004 Full, 2006 Focused, 2007 Supplemental, and 2010 Full Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP) research grants resulted in combined funding of 48 proposals for a total of over $27 million.


For more information about our grant program please view our Research Grants Program page.


Science Fellowship Program

The Delta Science Program is currently in the process of selecting a 2018 class of Delta Science Fellows. Awardees will be announced in early 2018.


Science Fellowships have been provided through a collaborative effort with California Sea Grant. Titled the “Delta Science Fellowships” (previously known as CALFED Science Fellowships), the Program began with the class of 2003 and has funded pre-doctoral students and post-graduate researchers to work with community and scientific mentors on high impact science actions in the Bay-Delta system.


A total of 86 Delta Science Fellowship projects have been funded since 2003 for a total of over $11.5 million. Other agencies including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Marine Fisheries Service Southwest Fisheries Science Center, and most recently, the State and Federal Contractors Water Agency and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, have contributed over $1.3 million to fund 10 of these proposals.


For more information about the Delta Science Fellows program, please view our Fellows Program page.


Coequal goals

The Delta Stewardship Council was created in legislation to achieve the state mandated coequal goals for the Delta. "'Coequal goals' means the two goals of providing a more reliable water supply for California and protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Delta ecosystem. The coequal goals shall be achieved in a manner that protects and enhances the unique cultural, recreational, natural resource, and agricultural values of the Delta as an evolving place." (CA Water Code §85054)