Research Overview

The CALFED Science Program considers funding scientific research to be a critical component in achieving its mission of establishing unbiased and authoritative knowledge directly relevant to CALFED actions. The goal of funding this research is to invest in knowledge that will fundamentally advance the understanding of the complex environments/systems within the CALFED jurisdiction to aid policy-makers and managers.

Bond Freeze Research Projects Restarted!

We’re pleased to announce the July 1 restart of most Science Program research grants and contracts that were stopped by the December 2008 bond freeze. We expect our allotment from the recent bond sales to keep our projects going for 6 to 12 months.

State-mandated Suspension Freezes CALFED Science Research

As required by the state of California, CALFED issued suspensions on December 19, 2008, to recipients of 56 research grants and fellowships totaling $22 million. To read more about the affected grants, including detailed project descriptions, visit

The CALFED Science Program removes February deadline from the 2009 Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP).

The state’s current fiscal emergency has greatly impacted those likely to apply to the 2009 PSP. It is still our intention to award grants from this PSP as soon as it is feasible to proceed with proposal review and funding. However, due to the uncertainty of when bond funds will again be available and the hardships it has created, we have decided to remove the original deadline of February 27, 2009. The solicitation will remain open and available for proposal submission until after the financial uncertainties are resolved and a new firm proposal deadline is set. Ample time to complete proposal preparation and submission will be provided at the time a new deadline is set.

Science Program 2009 Focused Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP)

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Science Program makes $8 million available through 2009 PSP

The CALFED Science program is seeking to fund research that will fill critical gaps in our understanding of the current and changing Bay-Delta system. The new scientific information is meant to help resource managers and policymakers make informed decisions about current and future Delta water issues such as healthy ecosystems, water quality, and conveyance and supply.

For more information please view the 2009 PSP page.

2009 CALFED Science Fellows Announced

In conjunction with California Sea Grant, the Science Program would like to announce the 2009 Science Fellows...

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Funded Research

There are two main tools the science program uses to fund scientific research. The first tool is a Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP) where the CALFED Science Program, in collaboration with stakeholders and independent scientists, identify high priority focused topics for scientific research and solicits the scientific community for proposals to address the topics. The second tool is the innovative CALFED Science Fellows program that funds postdoctoral and graduate researchers to work with community and scientific mentors on targeted CALFED agency research priorities.

Each of these tools helps to develop new knowledge that is timely and highly relevant to CALFED decision-making by:

  1. identifying scientific unknowns of the highest priority to the CALFED community;
  2. soliciting for and supporting new scientific studies that closely investigate these scientific unknowns;
  3. thoroughly analyzing what is learned through unbiased scientific review;
  4. clearly articulating what is learned through publications, conferences, workshops, and web-sites.

The geographic area of focused research is the CALFED Bay-Delta System which includes California's Sacramento and San Joaquin River watersheds and the San Francisco Estuary with a focus on the Delta (Map of Bay-Delta System, Map of Delta)