Welcome to the U.S. Coastal Research Program

A National coastal effort to coordinate Federal activities, strengthen academic programs, and build a skilled workforce.  

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Benefits of Membership

Contribute to a coordinated, coastal voice;

Receive the quarterly newsletter & mailing list announcements;

Inform future USCRP funding opportunities; 

Participate in three-way communication with agencies, academics, and stakeholders; 

Train the next generation of coastal scientists and engineers;

Connect agency, academic, and stakeholder research and funding needs; 

Network with other coastal researchers

U.S. Coastal Research Program

Building a U.S. Coastal Research Program


Motivation and Goal

Recognizing the growing need for a coordinated, National science plan to address societal needs along the coast, a community of researchers from Federal agencies, academia, industry, and NGOs developed a sustained and coordinated U.S. Coastal Research Program (USCRP)


Identify Future Directions

In March 2014, academic and Federal coastal researchers convened the Future of Nearshore Processes Workshop to develop a research vision that addresses societally-relevant science challenges. The resulting Nearshore Report outlined research priorities as well as recommendations for achieving the shared vision.  By 2016, nine federal agencies had agreed to collaborate to implement the recommendations including the development of a National coastal program.

The U.S. Nearshore Community Integrated Research Implementation Plan

A National Coastal Science Plan

To better understand and demonstrate the current commitment to coastal research in the US, over 260 Federal and non-federal, ongoing coastal science projects were identified, inventoried and categorized.  Existing and potential collaborations, as well as areas of societal interest where science is needed, were showcased in the National Plan. It also includes 11 research and infrastructure investment recommendations.

Federal Agency Partners