Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO) activities are funded through a diversity of collaborative grants from public and private sources. PISCO was established in 1999 with major grants from The David and Lucile Packard Foundation to develop and conduct an integrated, cross-scale interdisciplinary program to study the nearshore portion of the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem (CCLME) with goals of new scientific discoveries, useful information for society, and unique opportunities to train students in interdisciplinary thinking. Beginning in 2005, a core set of research, policy and outreach, database, and education programs were funded by 5-year collaborative grants from The David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. This core support plus additional funding from diverse public (local, state, and federal) and private sources make the unique, multi-institutional partnership possible.
PISCO continues to seek and attract additional funds for its programs. In 2008, PISCO began a strategic planning project to chart future programs and diversify and stabilize long-term support for core activities. The consortium’s first decade proved that PISCO’s approach of integrating key scientific disciplines to study the ocean along the US West Coast over long time periods is feasible and tremendously valuable to decision makers. PISCO’s strategic plan for 2010-2014 is to expand PISCO’s research effort to inform new marine policy and management needs along the west coast that we believe are ripe for rapid progress using PISCO’s approaches. Funding the complete PISCO program will demand an even more diverse set of public and private funding sources.