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Delta Science Proposal Solicitation


The Delta Science Program funds scientific research critical to establishing authoritative knowledge relevant to managing the Delta. In 2010, 13 research projects were funded through a competitive proposal solicitation. This effort resulted in more than 70 peer-reviewed papers and have influenced key Delta decisions.


Highlights of the 2010 research grants program


2019 Delta Science Competitive Research Awards

In October 2018, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the Delta Science Program, with support from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), accepted applications for a Delta Science Proposal Solicitation. This multi-agency solicitation awarded nearly $17 million focused on Delta scientific studies.


The Delta Science Program is providing $9.6 million in funding for the 15 projects listed below, with Reclamation contributing almost $2 million toward four of the projects (denoted by *). CDFW awarded $7.3 million in Proposition 1 funding for 11 projects. More information about CDFW’s awarded projects can be found here.


Access the joint news release announcing the competitive research awards here.

Download the 2019 competitive research awards fact sheet here.


Next generation multi-hazard levee risk assessment

Scott Brandenberg, University of California, Los Angeles




Resolving contradictions in foodweb support for native pelagic fishes

Wim Kimmerer, San Francisco State University






*Improving green sturgeon population and migration monitoring

Ethan Mora, University of California, Santa Cruz








Solicitation Focus:

The Science Action Agenda (SAA) forms the foundation for Delta Science Program’s focus:

  • Human dimensions of resource management
  • Science synthesis
  • Support and evaluate habitat restoration
  • Interactions between stressors, managed species, and communities
  • Modernizing monitoring, data management, and modeling


CDFW’s focus:

  • Support and evaluate habitat restoration
  • Habitat requirements of Delta estuarine and migratory aquatic species to support management decisions
  • Interactions between stressors, managed species, and communities


Funding Sources

The Delta Science Program, CDFW, and Reclamation leveraged resources toward a multi-agency solicitation on Delta scientific studies:

  • CDFW Proposition 1 Restoration Grants Program (up to $7.4M)
  • Delta Stewardship Council contracts ($9.6M)
    • California State General Fund and Environmental License Plate Fund ($7.8M)
    • U.S. Bureau of Reclamation ($1.8M)

All proposals submitted were jointly considered by the Delta Science Program and CDFW through a uniform review process and coordinated selection process. Any eligible applicant who responded to this Solicitation was considered for Proposition 1 funds and/or for contract opportunities separate from Proposition 1 through the Delta Stewardship Council.



Past Events

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)