FY2021 Weather Program Office Research Programs

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FY2021 Weather Program Office Research Programs: NOAA’s Weather Program Office (WPO; formerly OWAQ, the Office of Weather and Air Quality) is soliciting proposals for weather, air quality, and earth-system modeling and observations 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, and economic science. There will be three grant competitions from this notification valued at approximately $7,750,000 as follows: 1) Joint Technology Transfer Initiative (JTTI), 2) Observations, and 3) Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBES). In alignment with the Weather Forecasting and Innovation Act of 2017 (Public Law 115-25), the funded projects should improve the weather community’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 transitionable outputs or prototype products that NOAA or external partners 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 and in Section VIII. Additional information can be found in the Procedural Handbook for NOAA’s Policy on Research & Development Transitions at https://www.noaa.gov/organization/administration/nao-216-105b-policy-on-research-and-development-transitions. 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 and/or other application, no program directly supports an actual research-to-NOAA operations transition (i.e., the RL 8-to-9 transition) itself; the funded projects are, however, expected to work with NOAA operational center representatives to develop strategies if future transitions to NOAA are anticipated. NOAA, OAR, and WPO 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 WPO engages.
Federal Grant Title: FY2021 Weather Program Office Research Programs
Federal Agency Name: Department of Commerce (DOC)
Grant Categories: Environment, Natural Resources, Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-OAR-WPO-2021-2006592
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Numbers: 11.459
CFDA Descriptions: Information not provided
Current Application Deadline: November 18th, 2020
Original Application Deadline: November 18th, 2020
Posted Date: August 12th, 2020
Creation Date: August 12th, 2020
Archive Date: December 18th, 2020
Total Program Funding: $7,750,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $500,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $100,000
Expected Number of Awards: 32
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Last Updated: September 30th, 2020
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification.)
Additional Information on Eligibility
Applicants are responsible for ensuring that they are eligible for the competition for which they are applying. If any applicants requesting funding are ineligible, the application(s) will be rejected without review. Eligible applicants are U.S. institutions of higher education; other nonprofits; Cooperative Institutes; U.S.-based commercial organizations; state, local and Indian tribal governments in the U.S.; and other U.S. non-profit organizations. No foreign (based outside of the U.S.) applicants may request funding. NOAA federal employees and contractors proposing to perform work directly for NOAA 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”. Eligibility also depends on the statutory authority that permits NOAA to fund the proposed activity. 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. Each collaborating NOAA federal institution (including NOAA centers, laboratories, and testbeds) should complete a NOAA Collaborator Acknowledgment Form (attached to this announcement; see Section IV.B.2.h) and attach it to the proposal upon submission. 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 the proposal is recommended for funding.
Grant Announcement Contact
For general questions about this announcement, please contact WPO at oar.wpo.competitions@noaa.gov. For specific questions about a specific competition, please contact the appropriate Federal Program Manager below:
JTTI: Dr. Chandra Kondragunta (chandra.kondragunta@noaa.gov; 301-734-1034)
Observations: Dr. Mark Vincent (mark.vincent@noaa.gov; 301-734-1026)
SBES: Dr. Gina Eosco (gina.eosco@noaa.gov; 301-734-1068)
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