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In 2017, the Legislature passed Assembly Bill (AB) 109, which created a climate change research program within the Strategic Growth Council (SGC). The legislation allocates $11 million in Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund revenues to the SGC to develop a research program to support “research on reducing carbon emissions, including clean energy, adaptation, and resiliency, with an emphasis on California.”

There are five priority research areas:
1. Supporting and protecting vulnerable communities from the impacts of climate change
2. Integrating land use, conservation, and management into California's climate change programs
3. Increasing data accessibility and planning support for local and regional climate change planning
4. Accelerating and supporting transitions to climate smart communities
5. Low-GHG transformative technology development and deployment
Eligible Entities
Academic Institutions
Eligibility Notes
The lead applicant on each proposal must be affiliated with one of the following institutions:
- University of California,
- California State University,
- Federally-funded national laboratories, and
- Private, non-profit colleges and universities located in California.

Applicants are encouraged to include partners from community-based organizations, non-profit organizations, local or tribal governments, or other institutions (see Section V.C.). Entities located outside of California and forprofit businesses can be included as sub-recipients on a grant.
Due Date Notes
A suite of recommended Climate Change Research proposals is scheduled to go before the Council in the spring of 2018 for funding approval. All funds administered through this program must be encumbered by June 30, 2019 and closed out by June 30, 2021.
Most Recent RFP Release Date
Jan 29, 2018
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Preliminary Items
The Strategic Growth Council (SGC) approved the fiscal year 2017-18 Research Investment Plan for the Climate Change Research Program on January 29, 2018. The SGC will release the program’s grant solicitation and host a series of technical workshops for eligible applicants during the month of February 2018.
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Competition Notes
Research funding will be distributed through research project grants or research partnership grants.

Research project grants will be awarded to individual researchers or research groups examining a specific topic. There will be a maximum of 10 awards ranging from $100,000 to $1,000,000 per project.

Research partnership grants will be awarded to research consortia, collaboratives, centers, or institutes with a focus on a broader research priority area. There will be a maximum of five awards ranging from $1 to $4 million per partnership.
Further Information
For additional information about the Climate Change Research Program, contact us at:

Strategic Growth Council
ATTN: Elizabeth Grassi
1400 Tenth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 326-5362
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