Cooperative Institute for Alaska Research

What Is CIFAR?

Founded in 2008, 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.


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 .