CeNCOOS is continuously looking for funding opportunities to support regional ocean observing efforts. Please contact us if your organization would like to be involved.

Current Funding

CeNCOOS received $2,323,054 for the fourth year (1 June 2014 – 31 May 2015) of the current five-year award from the U.S. IOOS® program. These funds are distributed among 18 different Principal Investigators to carry out the CeNCOOS mission. About 65% of our IOOS funds go to ocean observations and modeling, 20% to our centralized data management and communications (DMAC) and product development, and 15% to governance and administration. While the IOOS program is likely to be level funded by Congress over the next couple of years, CeNCOOS is hopeful it will be able to sustain and expand its activities through external funding.

As part of the NASA funded proposal "Merging Satellite and Numerical Model Data in the California Current to Create Continuous Imagery and Forecasts of Harmful Algal Blooms", CeNCOOS will receive $42,218 to assist with the development and operation of a predictive Harmful Algal Bloom model (12/13/2013 - 3/31/2015).  More information on this project can be found on the Harmful Algal Bloom Model page.

Past Funding


  • CeNCOOS received $2,337,252 for the third year (1 June 2013 – 31 May 2014) of the current five-year award from the U.S. IOOS program. These funds were distributed among 16 different Principal Investigators and a supporting Program Office to carry out the CeNCOOS mission. .


  • CeNCOOS received $2.09 million from U.S. IOOS® for operations from June 1, 2012 - May 31, 2013. CeNCOOS began the 2nd year of a 5-year (2011-2016) competitive grant from the U.S. IOOS® office. Year 2 funding has been distributed to 15 Principal Investigators and a supporting Program Office to continue and enhance ocean observing and modeling activities from Year 1.


  • On August 15th, 2011, CeNCOOS received $1.67 million from NOAA IOOS. This award was given in response to our proposal entitled "CeNCOOS: Integrating Marine Operations for Decision Makers and the General Public." These funds will support CeNCOOS office and staff, our data management and communications efforts and observing assets and maintenance throughout our region.


  • In July 2010 CeNCOOS received funding from NOAA IOOS in the amount of $1,352,000 for the third and final year (2010) of the observing system implementation program. This grant brings CeNCOOS operating funds to $1,802,000 for FY2010. CeNCOOS staff and partners are preparing the next implementation program proposal for the 2011-2014 time period.
  • In May 2010, CeNCOOS received an annual coordination grant from NOAA IOOS for fiscal year 2010. This administrative grant ($400,000) represents the third and final year of a three-year funding cycle. The grant primarily supported CeNCOOS staff salaries, travel, education and outreach activities, office supplies and indirect costs.


  • In August 2008, NOAA IOOS awarded CeNCOOS $1,395,763 in fiscal year 2008 funding as part of a 3-year grant to support ocean observing efforts. A similar amount was awarded in fiscal year 2009.


  • On September 28, 2005, CeNCOOS received funding for FY06-08 from the NOAA Coastal Services Center.  Funding was $700,000 for FY06 and $400.000/year for FY07 and 08.  The award included support for CeNCOOS staff (one full and two half-time), the Center for Integrated Marine Technology, data integration and product development efforts, supplies, outreach, and travel.


  • The Coastal Ocean Currents Monitoring Program (COCMP) project was administered by the State of California through the Coastal Conservancy and the State Water Resources Control Board. Funding for the project was provided by two voter approved initiatives: the California Clean Water, Clean Air, Safe Neighborhood Parks, and the Coastal Protection Act of 2002 and the Water Security, Clean Drinking Water, Coastal and Beach Protection Act of 2002.