In FY17 AC4 supported two unique efforts: (1) Regional and Global Environments Experiment (FIREX) and (2) Synthesis and Analysis Research relating to Urban Emissions

Regional and Global Environments Experiment (FIREX)

In FY17 the AC4 program funded an additional 10 new projects consisting of 14 individual grants totaling $5.0 million to universities and non-Federal research laboratories in support of the Fire Influence on Regional and Global Environments Experiment (FIREX) led by NOAA’s Chemical Science Division. FIREX will study emissions and chemical transformation resulting from wildfire burning in Western United States which started in FY16 and runs through FY20.

The FY17 awards are three-to-four years long. All in preparation for the intensive field phase in FY19, the projects focus on:

  • Instrument and model development and initial lab and field experiments,
  • Participation in studies at the Missoula Fire Science laboratory,
  • Simulation chamber studies,
  • Field observations from mobile laboratories and ground sites, and
  • Data assimilation into models and incorporation in inventories.

The new competitively selected projects funded by the AC4 program in FY17 are:

  • “Investigating the Chemistry and Fate of Reactive Nitrogen (NOy) Species in Biomass Burning Smoke using FIREX Data” — PI: Matthew J. Alvarado, Atmospheric & Environmental Research.
    “CrIS/OMPS and TES Ozone Retrievals in Support of the FIREX Intensive Campaign” — PIs: Kevin Bowman, Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Brad Pierce, NOAA Center for Satellite Applications and Research.
  • “Near-field Characterization of Biomass Burning Plumes” — PI: Delphine Farmer, Colorado State University.
  • “Wildfire Impacts on O3 and Particulate Matter in Urban Areas of the Western US” — PI: Dan Jaffe, University of Washington Bothell.
  • “Modeling the Complex and Dynamic Physico-Chemical Evolution of Primary and Secondary Organic Aerosol from Wildfire Smoke” — PI: Shantanu Jathar, Colorado State University.
  • “Aerosol Size Distribution and Composition Evolution During FIREX Activities: Closure Analyses and Climate Impacts” — PIs: Jeffrey Pierce, Colorado State University, Matthew J. Alvarado, Atmospheric & Environmental Research.
  • “Remote Sensing of Radical Precursors in Biomass Burning Plumes” — PI: Jochen Stutz, University of California, Los Angeles.
  • “Chemical Characterization of Biomass Burning Smoke: Emissions and Multi-phase Evolution of Oxidant and SOA Precursors” — PI: Joel Thornton, University of Washington.
  • “Emissions and Chemistry of Formaldehyde in Biomass Burning Plumes” — PI: Glenn M. Wolfe, University of Maryland Baltimore County.
  • “Building and Testing the Framework to Integrate Detailed Chemical Measurements and Predictive Biomass Burning Models” — PIs: Christine Wiedinmyer, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Kelley Barsanti, University of California, Riverside, Ann Marie Carlton, University of California, Irvine.

Synthesis and Analysis Research Relating to Urban Emissions

In addition in FY17, the AC4 program funded one new project totaling $1.5 million to conduct Synthesis and Analysis Research relating to Urban Emissions.

The new competitively selected project funded by the AC4 program in FY17 is:

“CO2 Urban Synthesis and Analysis ("CO2-USA") Network” — PIs: John C. Lin, University of Utah, Lucy Hutyra, Boston University, Steven Wofsy, Harvard University, Christopher P. Loughner, University of Maryland.

The proposed work is composed of 6 related activities:
  1. Conduct workshops for idea exchange, data harmonization & integration, inventory comparison, stakeholder outreach, network design, inverse modeling, collaboration
  2. Create publicly available CO2 and CH4 mixing ratio datasets that have undergone consistent QA/QC and formatting for multiple urban areas
  3. Develop and disseminate anthropogenic and biospheric flux inventories that would be compared against one another and validated against local bottom-up information
  4. Develop a powerful new cross-city atmospheric modeling system, with inputs based on [1], [2], and [3], and on new high resolution operational meteorological products, designed to be operable, scalable, widely applicable, and web-available.
  5. Estimate carbon emissions in different U.S. cities, by applying [4] and [3].
  6. Engage stakeholders including city and state-level officials and NGOs, including: assessing user needs, building a learning community at public agencies, and creating conduits for data exchange between policymakers and scientists.

2018 Federal Funding Opportunities at a Glance

Important Dates/Deadlines

Letters of Intent

Letters of intent (LOIs) for all competitions (with the exception of the three MAPP Program competitions) should be received by email by 5:00 p.m. ET on June 14, 2017.

Letters of Intent for the three MAPP Program competitions should be received electronically by 5:00 p.m. ET on June 28, 2017.
A response to the LOI from the Competition Manager (e-mail or letter) will be sent to the investigator within four weeks after the LOI’s due date encouraging or discouraging a full application based on its relevance to the targeted Competition.

Full Applications

Full applications for all competitions (with the exception of the three MAPP Program competitions) must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, August 14, 2017.

Full applications for the three MAPP Program competitions must be received by 5:00 p.m. ET on September 25, 2017

Applications received after these dates and times will not be considered for funding.

Applications must be submitted via www.grants.gov. For applications submitted through grants.gov, the basis for determining timeliness is the receipt notice issued by www.grants.gov, which includes the date and time received.

For applicants without internet access, please contact the CPO Grants Manager Diane Brown by mail at NOAA Climate Program Office (R/CP1), SSMC3, Room 12734, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910 to obtain an application package. Please allow two weeks after receipt for a response. Hard copy submissions will be date and time stamped when they are received in the Climate Program Office.

Emailed or faxed copies of applications will not be accepted.

Competitions/Information Sheets

EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCE AND MODELING DIVISION (ESSM)

Competition 1 - AC4: The Role of Reactive Nitrogen in Biogenic VOC Oxidation and Aerosol Formation
Contact: Monika Kopacz
Aerosols and aerosol formation have a significant influence on both climate and air quality. There are, however, a number of uncertainties in fully understanding and representing reactive nitrogen processes in the atmosphere as they relate to aerosol formation. In FY18, as part of its continuing interest in the nitrogen cycle, the AC4 program announcement focuses on laboratory, modeling, and analysis studies (of existing field data) that investigate the mechanisms of BVOC oxidation involving reactive nitrogen species.

 

Competition 2 - MAPP: Advancing Earth System Data Assimilation
Contact: Heather Archambault
The MAPP Program solicits exploratory projects on coupled data assimilation in support of NOAA’s plans for unified modeling and prediction across scales. Additional foci include improving data assimilation or data assimilation-based monitoring products for individual components of the Earth system (i.e., the cryosphere, ocean, including biogeochemistry, land surface, and atmospheric chemistry).

Competition 3 – MAPP: Addressing Key Issues in CMIP6-era Earth System Models
Contact: Daniel Barrie
The MAPP program is soliciting projects that address key issues in the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project - Phase 6 (CMIP6) Earth System Models -- in particular, systematic biases in these models. Projects will utilize CMIP-6 model data to examine and improve the representation of processes associated to the cryosphere, weather and climate extremes, and sea level and coastal dynamics.

Competition 4 – MAPP: Climate Test Bed - Advancing NOAA's Operational Subseasonal to Seasonal Prediction Capability
Contact: Heather Archambault
The objective of this competition is to involve the external community in advancing the NOAA/NCEP/NWS Climate Prediction Center’s operational subseasonal to seasonal prediction capabilities as part of the NOAA Climate Test Bed. Priorities include optimizing the North American Multi-Model Ensemble system to meet operational requirements, and testing experimental subseasonal-to-seasonal prediction methodologies (e.g. new calibration or post-processing techniques) developed in the broader community for operational purposes.

OCEAN OBSERVING AND MONITORING (OOM)

Competition 5 - High-quality data sets for enhancing predictions and informing stakeholders
Contact: David Legler
The OOM Monitoring Program is soliciting projects that will develop long term, climate quality data sets and products that will address key climate processes and uncertainties, particularly those that can reduce uncertainty in key processes in climate models, and those that inform our understanding, monitoring and projections of the frequency and occurrence of weather and climate extremes.

CLIMATE AND SOCIETAL INTERACTIONS (CSI)

Competition 6 – Extreme Events Preparedness, Planning and Adaptation Within the Water Sector
Contact: Nancy Beller-Simms
SARP will award grants focused on developing strategies for increasing community resilience in U.S. towns, municipalities or small cities planning for the impacts of extreme precipitation events (too much or too little water) on their civilian population. Proposals should focus on the impact of extreme events on water resources and water-resource dependent activities (e.g., land use, watershed and water utility planning, emergency preparedness), specifically the connection between communication of risk and the design and implementation of risk mitigation and reduction strategies.

Competition 7 – Coping with Drought in Support of the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS)
Contact: Nancy Beller-Simms
The SARP portion of the Coping with Drought Initiative will focus on advancing NIDIS regional drought early warning systems through a better understanding of how to better provide early warning through enhanced language, metrics and joint decision spaces (e.g., calendars, etc.).

Where to Submit

Application packages:
Visit Grants.gov and
click on Apply for Grants. You may also directly view the Grants.gov listing here.

Federal Funding Opportunity Number:
NOAA-OAR-CPO-2018-2005133

Applicants without Internet access:
Please send mail to:
Diane Brown
CPO Grants Manager
NOAA Climate Program Office (R/CP1), SSMC3, Room 12734
1315 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Please allow two weeks after receipt for a response.

For Federal Investigators

Federal lead investigators who wish to apply to this Announcement of Opportunity must prepare a proposal according to the FFO guidelines and submit the proposal to the program manager directly, instead of to Grants.gov. Federal co-investigators must submit a proposal identical to the proposal lead's but with personalized budget information. Letters of intent (LOIs) for all competitions (with the exception of the three MAPP Program competitions) should be received by email by 5:00 p.m. ET on June 14, 2017.

Letters of Intent for the three MAPP Program competitions should be received electronically by 5:00 p.m. ET on June 28, 2017.

Full applications for all competitions (with the exception of the three MAPP Program competitions) must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, August 14, 2017.

Full applications for the three MAPP Program competitions must be received by 5:00 p.m. ET on September 25, 2017

Questions/Who to Contact:

General Questions:
Diane Brown, CPO Grants Manager
Email: diane.brown@noaa.gov


Earth System Science and Modeling Division (ESSM)

Competition 1 - AC4: The Role of Reactive Nitrogen in Biogenic VOC Oxidation and Aerosol Formation
Contact: Monika Kopacz
Email: monika.kopacz@noaa.gov

Competition 2 - MAPP: Advancing Earth System Data Assimilation
Contact: Heather Archambault
Email: heather.archambault@noaa.gov

Competition 3 - MAPP: Addressing Key Issues in CMIP6-era Earth System Models
Contact: Daniel Barrie
Email: daniel.barrie@noaa.gov

Competition 4 - MAPP: Climate Test Bed - Advancing NOAA's Operational Subseasonal to Seasonal Prediction Capability
Contact: Heather Archambault
Email: heather.archambault@noaa.gov


Ocean Observing and Monitoring (OOM)

Competition 5 - High-quality data sets for enhancing predictions and informing stakeholders
Contact: David Legler
Email: david.legler@noaa.gov


Climate and Societal Interactions (CSI)

Competition 6 - Extreme Events Preparedness, Planning and Adaptation Within the Water Sector
Contact: Nancy Beller-Simms
Email: Nancy Beller-Simms@noaa.gov

Competition 7 - Coping with Drought in Support of the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS)
Contact: Nancy Beller-Simms
Email: Nancy Beller-Simms@noaa.gov

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