CEINC helps partners realize our shared objectives by connecting them with funding opportunities, science, and resources.  Contact a member of our Board of Directors to get involved or to find out if your project qualifies for CEINC services including:

  • Fiscal sponsorship and Administrative Services
  • Peer review
  • Strategic planning
  • Project support

Fiscal Sponsorship and Administration

CEINC can provide fiscal sponsorship & administrative services for collaborative projects throughout California’s north coast that aim to advance communication, collaboration, and conservation through applied science and promoting ecosystem-based management. CEINC’s fiscally sponsored projects are an integral part of CEINC and aid us in meeting our mission of promoting and interpreting coastal ecosystem science. CEINC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and therefore may receive charitable donations and grants on behalf of our fiscally sponsored projects. We maintain the necessary legal and financial infrastructure for all project activities and provide administrative project management and other services such as partner building and meeting facilitation. Our services enhance collaboration and allow project leaders to focus on ensuring vibrant and resilient coastal ecosystems and communities through applied coastal ecosystem science.

Contact a member of our Board of Directors [link] to get involved or to find out if your project qualifies for our low-overhead administrative services.  CEINC’s overhead rate is usually less than 15%. We do not support proposals that take sides on environmental issues nor do we have any political or financial interest in project outcomes.


Peer Review

We believe strong coastal ecosystem science is imperative for strong coastal communities. Peer review is the evaluation of work by one or more qualified individuals working within the same or similar fields of study. Peer review is an important part of the scientific process, but often only occurs when a study is published in a scientific journal. A tremendous amount of research and monitoring data exists as informally published reports or white papers, often called “grey literature,” and these documents are often used by managers and policy makers to inform decisions about coastal ecosystems. At CEINC, we want to ensure that the science that impacts the health and resiliency of coastal communities meets a standard of quality and received the credibility provided by peer review. Please contact CEINC at admin@coastalecosystemsinstitute.org to discuss a review of your study’s methods, results, or draft report.


Strategic Planning and Project Support

CEINC recognizes that science needs to play a larger role in management decisions and is able to facilitate or be directly involved in projects that promote or develop management relevant science.  The CEINC Board of Directors, based on a pre-proposal or presentation by a project leader, votes on whether or not to be involved in the project. If accepted, then a range of financial arrangements are possible, including CEINC being the financial receiver for smaller grants, or being a subcontractor to Humboldt State University for larger, multi-party grants.