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Funding and Fellowship Opportunities

The Delta Science Program offers funding for scientific research and fellowship opportunities through the mechanisms described below. More information about the policies and procedures for research funding can be found in the Delta Science Plan.  


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

View our previously funded PSPs

2018 Delta Science Proposal Solicitation      



Directed Action Science Investigations
Directed action science investigations are funded when the scientific research or advice is clearly defined and needed quickly or an important opportunity would be lost if the proposal had to be go through a competitive bid funding process. With Directed Actions, there is typically only one entity (individual or team) that is qualified and available to do the work within the desired timeframe.

View our currently funded Directed Action Science Investigations





Science Fellowship Program
Through a collaborative effort with California Sea Grant, the Delta Science Fellowship (previously known as the CALFED Science Fellowship) funds pre-doctoral students and post-graduate researchers to work with community and scientific mentors on implementing the Science Action Agenda. (Currently, we are not accepting applications for Delta Science Fellowships. Depending on funds, we hope to request applications in August 2019.)

More information about the fellowship

Current and previous Delta Science Fellowship Projects



Policy Fellowship Program
The Delta Science program 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 graduate students with hosts in municipal, state and federal agencies in California for a 12-month paid fellowship.

More information about applying to this program

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)