Institute for Sustainable Development
Oak Tree photo

When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world .”

- John Muir


Our Sustainable Future - CSU, Chico

Research Grants

Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve Student Research Grants

RAMS - Reserves Access Management Request
If you are interested in accessing the reserves for use, student research, classroom outdoor education, conference center use, or just a weekend hike, you must first complete the access management request form via the link above.

The goal of the student research grant program is to promote undergraduate and graduate student research projects on the BCCER. Awards up to $3,000 will assist students with project costs, equipment, transportation, printing, and other expenses directly related to the project. The student must have a faculty advisor assisting with the design, development, and implementation of the project.  All projects must conform to the BCCER’s research protocol which may be found on the BCCER website.   The funds for this program are generated through donations from the Chico community.  The community donates because they believe in our mission and our ability to maintain the highest ethical standards. (See story on bird banding workshop from January 2007).

The deadline for submitting proposals for 2011/2012 is now closed.

CSU Agricultural Research Initiative

The CSU Agricultural Research Initiative (ARI) is a funding program that supports high-impact applied agricultural and natural resources research,  development, technology transfer, public and industry education, and  outreach important to Northern California. With a focus on agricultural  business management, biodiversity, biotechnology, food safety and  processing, irrigation management and technology, natural resource  management, production management systems, and public policy development, ARI projects and programs improve the economic efficiency, productivity,  profitability, and sustainability of California agriculture and its allied  industries.

Rawlins Environmental Fellowship

The College of Natural Sciences is now accepting proposals for the Rawlins Environmental Fellowship. $6000 will be awarded to the Spring 2009 recipient. For more information please visit