Research Funding and Fellowships

Funding and Fellowship Opportunities

As part of its mission, the Delta Science Program supports scientific research and fellowship opportunities. To date, the Delta Science Program has supported hundreds of research projects that address key knowledge gaps and fundamentally advance the understanding of the Bay-Delta’s dynamic socio-ecological system. All projects are vetted through the Delta Science Program independent peer review processes, which safeguards decisions from potential bias or conflict of interest. More information about the Delta Science Program’s policies and procedures for research funding, and its Conflict of Interest Policy (Appendix L), is described in detail in the 2019 Delta Science Plan.

To better connect with the larger scientific and public communities, the Delta Science Program produces the Delta Breeze: a quarterly newsletter highlighting upcoming funding opportunities and research previously funded by the Delta Science Program and its partners.

Delta Science Proposal Solicitations

The Delta Science Program, in collaboration with stakeholders and independent scientists, has identified high-priority topics for scientific research in the 2017-2021 Science Action Agenda. The Delta Science Program and other funding partners regularly solicit the scientific community for proposals that address these management needs and science actions. Visit the Delta Science Proposal Solicitations web page for information about the latest Delta Science proposal solicitation.

Directed Action Science Investigations

Directed action science investigations are funded when the Delta Science Program determines that scientific research or advice is clearly defined and needed quickly or if an important opportunity would be lost if the proposal had to go through a lengthy competitive selection process.

Delta Science Fellows Program

The Delta Science Program oversees the Delta Science Fellows Program (previously known as the CALFED Science Fellowship), which is funded by the Council and administered by California Sea Grant on behalf of the Delta Science Program. The Delta Science Fellows Program provides up to two years of support to awardees to pursue research on key topics related to water management and ecosystem health in the Bay-Delta. These early-career scientists work collaboratively with academic and community mentors to address priority issues identified in the 2017-2021 Science Action Agenda.

Most recently, the Delta Science Fellows Program awarded the 2020 Delta Science Fellowship to 10 recipients, with the State Water Contractors providing additional funds to support three of these fellows. The recipients include eight University of California (UC) postdoctoral researchers and doctoral graduate students, one California State University (CSU) master’s student, and one postdoctoral researcher from Stanford University. To learn more about the 2020 Delta Science Fellowship recipients and their upcoming research projects, please visit California Sea Grant’s website.

Policy Fellows Program

The Delta Science Program also hosts policy fellows through the California Sea Grant State Fellows Program. This fellowship provides unique educational opportunities for graduate students who are interested in aquatic resources and the policy decisions affecting those resources. The program matches highly motivated and qualified individuals with hosts in municipal, state, and federal agencies in California for a 12-month paid fellowship. More information about the fellowship is available on the California Sea Grant website.