Request for proposals: California’s Fifth Climate Change Assessment

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In the last decade, Californians have endured severe drought, floods, historic wildfires, rising seas and record temperatures all driven by climate change. Fostering resilience to these impacts requires sustained investment in climate change research and science. With direction from Senate Bill 1320 (Stern, 2020), and building on the strong foundation set by previous Assessments, the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research is leading the implementation of California’s Fifth Climate Change Assessment, in partnership with the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA), the California Energy Commission (CEC) and the California Strategic Growth Council.

The California Institute for Energy and Environment at UC Berkeley, in partnership with CNRA and the Fifth Assessment team, is pleased to announce a new solicitation to fund a suite of research products that fill demonstrable gaps in the scientific literature related to understanding and adapting to climate change impacts in California. This suite of original climate research will help fill critical knowledge gaps and set a foundation used to inform subsequent Fifth Assessment products, including a series of regional synthesis reports, statewide topical synthesis reports and a statewide summary of Fifth Assessment findings and key takeaways.

Submissions are due July 17, 2023, at 5 p.m. PDT and should be submitted electronically to More information, including submission requirements, can be found on the CIEE website.