JISAO's research is funded through various tasks:
TASK I, the Institute's "core" program, includes:
- Two to three postdoctoral fellows on annual appointments, renewable for a second year
- Senior visiting scientists on leave from their home institutions
- Honoraria and travel expenses for short-term visitors
- Education and outreach activities.
TASK II supports collaborative research efforts between NOAA and University scientists, and funds approximately 100 University of Washington scientists located at NOAA facilities in Seattle, Washington.
TASK III supports University research in areas compatible with the Institute's major research themes, and the Principal Investigators of these projects are UW faculty in many departments across campus.
TASK IV includes grants funded outside the Cooperative Agreement by other funding agencies and includes Principal Investigators who work at the UW and with NOAA scientists.