Funding Opportunity Title: NOAA Climate Program Office's Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) Program
Announcement Type: Initial
Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-OAR-CPO-2013-2003599
CCatalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 11.431, Climate and
NOAA is accepting individual applications for twp competitions, organized around the Climate Program Office's Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) Program. Letters of intent are due by 5 p.m. Eastern Time, February 5, 2013, and the deadline for final applications is 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, April 8, 2013.
The Climate Program Office was established in October 2005 to oversee the agency's climate portfolio and to manage the competitive research program that funds high-priority science to advance the understanding and prediction of the Earth system and associated climate processes. CPO also supports multi-disciplinary research and assessments designed to foster the effective use of climate information for informed decision making.
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- General Information
The NOAA Climate Program Office's (CPO) Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program supports research teams that conduct innovative, interdisciplinary, user-inspired, and regionally relevant research that informs resource management and public policy. CPO funds eleven different RISA teams across the United States (US) and Pacific Islands, many of which are a model for interdisciplinary science and assessment. NOAA's RISA program is overseen by CPO's Climate and Societal Interactions (CSI) division. CSI provides leadership and support for decision support research, assessments and climate services development activities in support of adaptation. In addition to RISA, CSI's programs include the International Research and Applications Project (IRAP), the Sectoral Applications Research Program (SARP), the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), and the Coastal and Ocean Climate Applications program (COCA). CSI is also an active partner in the NOAA National Climate Data Center's (NCDC) efforts to build an integrated regional climate services partnership. NCDC employs six Regional Climate Services Directors (RCSDs) to coordinate and lead this partnership bringing together NOAA offices and close external partners such as RISA teams, Regional Climate Centers, State Climatologists, and Sea Grant. The partnership will help make climate information relevant and accessible to people across the US. NOAA seeks to marshal climate assets and partners towards the common goal of assessing regional needs and vulnerabilities and then supporting the development and delivery of timely climate services that aid adaptation and mitigation choices. RISA and CSI activities address the societal challenges identified in NOAA's Next-Generation Strategic Plan (NGSP): i) climate impacts on water resources; ii) coasts and climate resilience; iii) sustainability of marine ecosystems; and iv) changes in the extremes of weather and climate. These efforts support NOAA's vision to create and sustain enhanced resilience in ecosystems, communities, and economies, as outlined in the NGSP.
In FY2013, NOAA CPO and its partners are holding two competitions for research funding under its RISA program. Competition 1 is soliciting proposals to two priorities: one RISA team focused on the South Central region of the US (Priority 1); and one RISA team focused on the upper Midwestern US (Priority 2). For Competition 1, we estimate that $3.5 million over five years will be available for each priority pending budget appropriations. Awards will be at a funding level of approximately $700,000 per year. Competition 2 is soliciting proposals only from RISA teams and their partners to conduct projects relevant to one of four priorities: Preparing for floods in urban coastal communities (Priority 3); Scenario and management planning processes (Priority 4); Drought monitoring and prediction products to support decision making (Priority 5); and Climate impacts on marine and Great Lakes ecosystems (Priority 6). For Competition 2, we estimate that $500 thousand to $3 million will be available for approximately 5 to 15 awards. Awards will be at a funding level between $75,000 and $200,000 per year. Please download the RISA Information Sheet for more detailed information about each priority.
NOAA will accept individual applications for two competition organized around the Climate Program Office's Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) Program. Listed below is the program's information sheet which is essential to read prior to submitting a letter of intent or proposal.
Competition 1 - New RISA awards is soliciting proposals to two priorities: one RISA team focused on the South Central region of the US (Priority 1); and one RISA team focused on the upper Midwestern US (Priority 2)
Competition 2 – Regional Research Partnerships is soliciting proposalsvfrom RISA teams and their partners to conduct projects relevant to one of four priorities: Preparing for floods in urban coastal communities (Priority 3); Scenario and management planning processes (Priority 4); Drought monitoring and prediction products to support decision making (Priority 5); and Climate impacts on marine and Great Lakes ecosystems (Priority 6).
- Important Dates
Letters of Intent: February 5, 2013
Letters of Intent for all Competitions should be received by the Competition Manager by 5 p.m. Eastern Time, February 5, 2013. Applicants who have not received a response to their Letter of Intent within four weeks should contact the Competition Manager.
Full Applications: April 8, 2013
Full applications for all Competitions must be submitted via grants.gov and received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, April 8, 2013. Applications received after these times will not be considered for funding. Once an application is submitted, a date and time receipt indication is sent to the applicant and will be the basis of determining timeliness. For those who do not have internet access, hard copy submissions my be mailed to the Climate Program Office. All mailed applications will be date and time stamped when they are received in the Climate Program Office. We suggest that you submit your applications well before the deadline as many applicants apply near the deadline and as a result, some receive date stamps after the rigid deadline and can not be accepted. Faxed or emailed copies of applications will not be accepted.
- Where to submit
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-2013-2003599
Applicants without Internet access:
Please send mail to:
CPO Grants Manager
NOAA Climate Program Office (R/CP1), SSMC3, Room 12112
1315 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Please allow two weeks after receipt for a response.
- Questions/Who to Contact:
Diane Brown, CPO Grants Manager
Specific questions about
the RISA program
Competition 1 - New RISA awards
1.a. - Adam Parris (email@example.com)
1.b. – Caitlin Simpson (Caitlin.firstname.lastname@example.org)
Competition 2 – Regional Research Partnerships
Priority 3: Preparing for floods in urban coastal communities
Adam Parris (email@example.com)
Priority 4: Scenario and management planning processes
Caitlin Simpson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Priority 5: Drought monitoring and Prediction products to support decision making
Daniel Barrie (Daniel.email@example.com)
Priority 6: Climate impacts on marine and Great Lakes ecosystems
Laura Petes (firstname.lastname@example.org)