Cooperative Institute for Alaska Research

What Is CIFAR?

The Cooperative Institute for Alaska Research (CIFAR) conducts ecosystem and environmental research related to Alaska and its associated Arctic regions, including the Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Chukchi/Beaufort Seas, and Arctic Ocean. Read more about CIFAR.


STEMSEAS aims to provide ship-based, 6-10 day exploratory experiences for undergraduates from diverse backgrounds aboard NSF-funded research vessels. Students will sail with experienced faculty mentors and engage in geoscience and oceanography activities (while also having fun)! Most expenses (travel to/from the ports of call, materials, and living expenses while on the ship) will be paid by the program- there is very little cost to participants. Want to see what a STEMSEAS cruise is like? Watch a video made by one of participants in 2016! Apply today.

Uncertainty in Radar Retrievals, Model Parameterizations, Assimilated Data and In-situ Observations: Implications for the Predictability of Weather Workshop on Predictability and Uncertainty in Models and Retrievals
Date: 31 October 2018 to 2 November 2018
Location: National Weather Center, Norman, OK
Motivation: The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS), the School of Meteorology, NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) and other entities at the National Weather Center (NWC) are hosting a workshop on uncertainty and predictability as relates to precipitation at the University of Oklahoma. The workshop will bring together diverse communities working in radar, in-situ measurements, data assimilation, modeling at different spatial and temporal scales (e.g., large eddy simulation, numerical weather prediction and earth system models), and those who use these products to produce actual forecasts. The end result of the workshop is expected to be the generation of a document that identifies priorities for interdisciplinary research that will help reduce and interpret uncertainty and predictability so as to foster future collaborations between different entities that are working to establish the implications of such uncertainties. If you are interested in attending or being placed on the workshop email list, please email Missy Coulson (

The Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation is excited to announce plans for the JCSDA Summer Colloquium, July 22 - August 3, 2018, in Bozeman, Montana.


In the Alaska region, where rapid environmental and socio-economic changes are occurring, CIFAR places priority on education and two-way outreach between scientists, managers, communities, and local stakeholders. Read more about education.

Research Priorities

CIFAR research focuses on a number of high priority issues for the Alaska region, specifically, marine ecosystems, coastal hazards, and climate change and variability. Read more about research.


Submitting a proposal to CIFAR? Find out useful information to help in preparing your proposal.

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Funding Opportunities

Current competitions and calls for proposals include the following:

Details regarding each of these opportunities can be found here .