Supporting regional preparedness and risk management: RISA announces FY17 awards

NOAA’s Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) Program is announcing two new five-year awards totaling $7.3 million to research institutions in Arizona/New Mexico and California/Nevada to improve the expertise and ability of decision makers to prepare and plan for hazards and extreme events.The interagency National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) co-funds drought components of these awards.

For more than 20 years, the NOAA Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) Program has been producing actionable weather and climate research, helping to reduce economic damages that Americans face every year due to droughts, floods, forest fires, vectorborne diseases, and a host of other climate and extreme weather impacts. The network of eleven RISA teams across the country work hand-in-hand with stakeholders and decision makers in regions across the United States to ensure that research and information is responsive to their needs.The sustained regional presence of RISA enables teams to effectively support responses to extreme events.

The two regional teams funded in FY17, chosen competitively by an independent, expert review panel, will work closely with communities, resource managers, land planners, public agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to advance new research on how weather and climate will impact the environment, economy, and society. These teams will also develop innovative ways to integrate climate information into decision-making. Over the next five years, the teams will build upon their ongoing relationships with decision makers in their regions and develop new partnerships. Both regional teams have been part of the RISA network for over 15 years.

The new awards cover a range of topics, including water and coastal resources, fire management, energy, drought, agriculture, human health, transportation, and resilience of urban and rural communities to extreme events. Each team focuses on the topics of most importance to their region, which they identify through iterative engagement, research and partnerships with regional stakeholders.

The two new RISA FY17 awards include:

  • California and Nevada region: lead institutions are the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Desert Research Institute; focus on water resources management, wildfires, drought and flooding, sea level rise and coastal communities.
  • Arizona and New Mexico region: lead institutions are the University of Arizona and New Mexico State University; focus on water resources management, drought, farming and ranching, urban heat, transportation, and human health.

RISAs represent an effective method to co-design and co-develop knowledge about climate and its impacts through partnerships among scientists and decision-makers. RISA teams work closely with NOAA entities including National Weather Service offices and the NOAA-supported Sea Grant network and Regional Climate Centers as well as its federal, state, and local partners. The teams have strong connections with federal initiatives such as the Department of Interior’s Climate Science Centers and Landscape Conservation Cooperatives and USDA’s Climate Hubs. They are also significant contributors to the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) Regional Drought Early Warning Systems.

The new RISA partnerships join a network of 9 currently funded RISAs including:

RISA is a program in the Climate Program Office, within NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research. Research produced by the RISA program has educated, informed, and closely interacted with thousands of decision makers across the nation, helping them build the expertise to better plan and prepare for extreme weather events and climate variability. Learn more about the RISA program and teams.

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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