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Research Overview

The Delta Science Program considers funding scientific research to be a critical component in establishing unbiased and authoritative knowledge directly relevant to Delta management actions. This knowledge will fundamentally 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.


Through Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP) research grants and Delta Science Fellowships (previously known as CALFED Science Fellowships), the Science Program has funded over 108 research projects totaling over $34 million; the 2004 Full, 2006 Focused, 2007 Supplemental and 2010 Full PSPs resulted in combined funding of 40 proposals for a total of over $25 million while the Science Fellows effort has resulted in a total of 68 fellows projects for a total of over $9 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.


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


Science Fellowship Program

The innovative Delta Science Fellows (formerly known as CALFED Fellows) Program, began with the class of 2003, funds postdoctoral and graduate researchers to work with community and scientific mentors on targeted Bay-Delta research priorities and is administered in conjunction with the California Sea Grant Program.


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)