FY2020 Office of Weather and Air Quality Research Programs

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FY2020 Office of Weather and Air Quality Research Programs: NOAA's Office of Weather and Air Quality (OWAQ) is soliciting proposals for weather, air quality, and earth-system modeling research reflecting multiple science objectives spanning time scales from hours to seasons, and from weather and water observations and earth system modeling to social and behavioral science. There will be three grant competitions from this notification valued at approximately $7,000,000 as follows: 1) Joint Technology Transfer Initiative (JTTI), 2) Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment - Southeast U.S. (VORTEX-SE), and 3) Climate Testbed (CTB). In alignment with the Weather Forecasting and Innovation Act of 2017 (Public Law 115-25), the funded projects should improve NOAA's understanding and ultimately its services of weather and water forecasting through engagement with the external scientific community on key science gaps of mutual interest. Through this funding opportunity, NOAA will support new weather, water, climate, earth system, and air quality observing and forecasting applications, including improved analysis techniques, better statistical or dynamic forecast models and techniques, and communication of that information to better inform the public. To achieve success with these objectives, selected projects should focus on advancing science and technology from the research stage to commercialization or prototype products that NOAA could further develop into practical applications and operations. For the purposes of NOAA-funded projects, the maturity of projects is broadly classified using Readiness Levels (RLs), as adopted by NOAA and other federal agencies. The numerical RL scale from 1 to 9 is designed to track project maturity across the progressive spectrum from research to development to demonstration to deployment. RLs are defined in the context of NOAA's overall process for transitioning funded research into operations, commercialization, or other applications in NOAA's Policy on Research and Development Transitions described in NOAA Administrative Order 216-105B at http://www.corporateservices.noaa.gov/ames/administrative_orders/chapter_216/216-105B.html, and in Appendix A. Depending on the program objectives, the individual competitions within this notice of funding opportunity may favor projects at specific stages of maturity as signified by their estimated current RL. Program-specific project maturity considerations for funding are included in Section I.A “Program Objective.” While all programs in this funding opportunity encourage an acceleration of research toward operationalization, commercialization, and/or other application, no program directly supports an actual research-to-NOAA operations transition (i.e., the RL 8-to-9 transition) itself; however, any projects that produce output that may be adopted into NOAA operations after their conclusion are expected to work with NOAA operational center representatives to develop strategies for the potential transition performed by NOAA. NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS) is also announcing a companion Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 federal grant funding opportunity to this OAR opportunity through their Collaborative Science, Technology, and Applied Research (CSTAR) Program in September 2019. Though there can be overlap, CSTAR funds research that is often directed toward local forecasting applications at individual or regional NWS Weather Forecast Offices (WFOs), while OWAQ funds research that is more often directed toward broadly applicable forecasting applications, such as at NWS national forecast centers or multiple WFOs. NOAA, OAR, and OWAQ encourage applicants and awardees to support the principles of diversity and inclusion when writing their proposals and performing their work. Diversity is defined as a collection of individual attributes that together help organizations achieve objectives. Inclusion is defined as a culture that connects each employee to the organization. Promoting diversity and inclusion improves creativity, productivity, and the vitality of the weather and water research community in which OWAQ engages.
Federal Grant Title: FY2020 Office of Weather and Air Quality Research Programs
Federal Agency Name: Department of Commerce (DOC)
Grant Categories: Environment Natural Resources Science and Technology
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-OAR-OWAQ-2020-2006188
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Numbers: 11.459
CFDA Descriptions: Information not provided
Current Application Deadline: November 20th, 2019
Original Application Deadline: November 20th, 2019
Posted Date: August 26th, 2019
Creation Date: August 26th, 2019
Archive Date: December 20th, 2019
Total Program Funding: $7,000,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $500,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $100,000
Expected Number of Awards: 23
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Last Updated: August 26th, 2019
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification.)
Additional Information on Eligibility
Applicants must ensure that they are eligible for the competition for which they are applying. If applicants are ineligible, the application(s) will be rejected. Applications from non-federal and federal applicants will be competed against each other. Eligible applicants are U.S. institutions of higher education; other nonprofits; U.S.-based commercial organizations; state, local and Indian tribal governments in the U.S.; and other U.S. non-profit organizations. Federal Government employees (including NOAA federal employees) may serve as co-PIs or co-Investigators (co-Is) but are ineligible for their salary costs and are required to partner with one or more eligible non-federal institution(s) who would submit the application for the competition through Grants.gov per instructions in Section IV.G “Other Submission Requirements”. Restrictions on requesting federal employee salary and other costs are described in Section IV.F “Funding Restrictions”. Any NOAA federal employee listed as a co-PI, co-I, or collaborator on the title page of a proposal (if eligible) must have provided explicit pre-approval to the PI to be identified as a contributor to the proposed project prior to submission of the application. Do not add a NOAA federal employee to the application without their explicit agreement to participate in your project. All funded investigators must assure and verify if requested that they will not be allocated for greater than 100% of their annual employment time should their proposal be selected for funding. NOAA will verify this requirement if funding is recommended.
Grant Announcement Contact
For general questions about this announcement, please contact OWAQ at oar.owaq.competitions@noaa.gov. For specific questions about a specific competition, please contact the designated Federal Program Office identified below for each competition:
JTTI: Dr. Chandra Kondragunta (chandra.kondragunta@noaa.gov; 301-734-1034)
VORTEX-SE: Richard Fulton (richard.fulton@noaa.gov; 301-734-1289)
Climate Testbed: Dr. Jessie Carman (jessie.carman@noaa.gov; 301-734-1022)
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