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 and download our fact sheet.

As of June 30th, 2018, CIFAR will reach the end of its 10-year life cycle. CIFAR has requested and received a one year no-cost extension in order to allow currently funded projects to operate, as needed and appropriate. We are waiting to hear more about what funding mechanisms will be available for future collaborations between NOAA and UAF. We will update this website accordingly.


Funding Opportunity for Graduate Students We are soliciting proposals to support graduate students who are conducting NOAA‐relevant research. The funds can be used for student salaries, tuition, publication page charges, and/or student travel to a conference. More details here .

Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 Graduate Climate Conference Graduate students associated with University of Washington’s Program on Climate Change are pleased to announce the 12th Annual Graduate Climate Conference (GCC), which will be held November 2-4, 2018 at the University of Washington Pack Forest Conference Center.
The GCC is an interdisciplinary conference run by graduate students, for graduate students. The organizers of GCC strive to feature a diverse representation of students and research topics to create a broader, more inclusive community for emerging leaders in climate-related fields.
We encourage students from all backgrounds and stages of their graduate careers to apply.
GCC highlights climate research from a variety of disciplines from the physical, natural, and social sciences and humanities, including anthropology, atmospheric sciences, biology, communication, environmental sciences, economics, engineering, ethics, geography, geology, law, oceanography, public policy, resource management, and more.
We highly encourage abstracts from students with traditionally underrepresented backgrounds.
Applications for GCC 2018 are now open. The deadline for abstract submission is June 1. Lodging and meals are covered for all participants. Limited travel funding will also be awarded on an as-needed basis to as many participants as possible.
For more information and access to the application, please see here .
Please contact the organizing committee with any questions at
We hope to see you in November!
The GCC 2018 Organizing Committee

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.

Read more about proposals.

Funding Opportunities

Current competitions and calls for proposals include the following:

Details regarding each of these opportunities can be found here .