Support ECU Integrated Coastal Programs and the Coastal Studies Institute on March 17, 2021, during our annual “Pirate Nation Gives” fundraising event.

ECU’s Day of Giving, known as Pirate Nation Gives, is a 24-hour online fundraising event that brings the ECU community together to engage with and give back to the university. Alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends are encouraged to donate to the college, fund, or program of their choice. This is the fifth year of Pirate Nation Gives. The date of this year’s day of giving is Wednesday, March 17, 2021. 

Your generous gift will support Coastal Studies Scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students focused on coastal and marine sciences on our ECU Outer Banks Campus. In addition, your donation could support a variety of academic and research programs of ECU and CSI.

Led by East Carolina University (ECU), The Coastal Studies Institute is a multi-institutional research and educational partnership of the UNC System including North Carolina State University, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC Wilmington, and Elizabeth City State University.


Based at the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI), the North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy Program (NCROEP) advances inter-disciplinary marine energy solutions across UNC System partner colleges of engineering at NC State University, UNC Charlotte, and NC A&T University.


ECU's Integrated Coastal Programs (ECU ICP) is a leader in coastal and marine research, education, and engagement.   ECU ICP includes the Coastal Studies Institute, ECU's Department of Coastal Studies, and ECU Diving and Water Safety.


The faculty and staff at the Coastal Studies Institute come from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines, as well as departments and organizations including ECU Department of Biology, ECU Department of Coastal Studies, NC Sea Grant, the North Carolina Renewable Energy Program, and the UNC Institute for the Environment.


Tour the ECU Outer Banks Campus and learn about the research, education, and engagement projects of CSI and ECU Integrated Coastal Programs through our 360 virtual tour.


The ECU Outer Banks campus is home to the Coastal Studies Institute.
Located on Roanoke Island along the banks of the second largest estuary
in the United States, this coastal campus spans 213 acres of marshes, scrub wetlands, forested wetlands, and estuarine ecosystems.