Research Initiatives and Partnerships

Multi-Campus Initiatives

Agricultural Research Initiative (ARI)
The California State University Agricultural Research Institute (ARI) is a comprehensive applied agricultural and environmental research program joining the CSU's four colleges of agriculture and the state's agriculture and natural resources industries and allied business communities.

The ARI fosters the development and evaluation of new and promising technologies that have the potential for improving food safety, environmental stewardship, economic performance, and long-term sustainability of California's agriculture industry. ARI projects and programs build upon a successful record of past applied research accomplishments and augment, enhance, and extend the basic research conducted by the nation's land grant universities.

Consortium of Applied Social Science Research Centers (CASSRC)
The Consortium of Applied Social Science Research Centers (CASSRC) is comprised of 13 research centers located throughout California State University campuses. While each center is an independent entity that conducts applied social science research, through CASSRC, the centers link together to provide tremendous research capacity and expertise.

CSU Council for Emergency Management and Homeland Security (CEMHS)
The CSU Council for Emergency Management and Homeland Security (CEMHS) was organized in 2008 to bring together an academic community of faculty and administrators eager to improve teaching and research opportunities within the critical fields of Emergency Management (EM) and Homeland Security (HS).

CEMHS is a California State University System faculty education and research affinity group whose primary objective is to enhance access, availability, and quality of Emergency Management and Homeland Security areas in respect to education, training, and research.

CSU Council on Ocean Affairs, Science and Technology (COAST)
The CSU Council on Ocean Affairs, Science and Technology (COAST) was established in 2008 to integrate system-wide resources and promote interdisciplinary multi-campus collaborations to advance our knowledge of California's natural coastal and marine resources and the processes that affect them. The coastal zone faces a number of economic, sociological, ecological and technological challenges that require innovative solutions. COAST is uniquely positioned to provide a statewide coordinated response to these challenges.

CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB)
CSUPERB’s mission is to develop a professional biotechnology workforce by mobilizing and supporting collaborative California State University (CSU) student and faculty research, innovating educational practices, and responding to and anticipating the needs of the life science industry.

CSUPERB provides grant funding, organizes an annual symposium, sponsors industry-responsive curriculum, and serves as a liaison for the CSU with government, philanthropic, educational, and biotechnology industry partners. The program involves students and faculty from Life, Physical, Computer and Clinical Science, Engineering, Agriculture, Math and Business departments at all 23 CSU campuses.

Social Science Research and Instructional Center (SSRIC)
The California State University Social Science Research and Instructional Center provides:

  • Support for CSU student, faculty, and staff users of subscription data bases from the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), the Field Poll, and the Roper Center, as well as of unrestricted data bases.
  • Workshops on use of these data, as well as on SPSS, SDA, GIS, and other topics as needed. Provided at no cost to CSU campuses. Other institutions: please contact SSRIC for more information.
  • The annual SSRIC Student Research Conference. Open to undergraduate and graduate students at CSU and to students at commmunity colleges.
  • Research and training opportunities through the Field Poll Faculty Fellowship and Question Credit programs and the ICPSR Summer Training Program.
  • Value-added teaching resources, including modules, exercises, and online textbooks. Most of these materials are freely available.

Water Resources and Policy Initiative (WRPI)
The Water Resources and Policy Initiative (WRPI) is designed to target the capabilities and resources within the twenty-three California State University campuses to provide academic preparation, applied research and policy development that addresses all aspects of water use. WRPI serves to focus synergistically with the many centers and programs of excellence within the CSU on water issues.