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Grants Program

The Delta Science Program has funded 48 research grants totaling more than $27 million. The Science Program considers funding scientific research to be a critical component in establishing unbiased and authoritative knowledge directly relevant to Bay-Delta actions. This knowledge will fundamentally advance the understanding of the complex environments and ecosystems within the Bay-Delta system to aid policy-makers, managers and other decision-makers.


The Delta Science Program funds research grants through a Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP) process. The Science Program has had awarded grants through four PSPs: 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2010.


The California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW) and the Delta Science Program (DSP) are leveraging resources toward a multi-agency solicitation of up to $12 million focused on Delta scientific studies. Funding sources include:

  • CDFW Proposition 1 Restoration Grants Program
  • Delta Stewardship Council contracts, supplemented with funds from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

All proposals submitted may be jointly considered by CDFW and DSP through a uniform review process and coordinated selection process. Any applicant responding to this Solicitation will be considered for Proposition 1 funds and/or for contract opportunities separate from Proposition 1 through the Delta Stewardship Council.


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)