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2017 Federal Funding Opportunity Executive Summary

Funding Opportunity Title: Climate Program Office FY 2017
Announcement Type: Initial
Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-OAR-CPO-2017-2004896
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 11.431, Climate and Atmospheric Research

NOAA’s Climate Program Office (CPO) supports competitive research through five major Programs: Climate Observations and Monitoring (COM); Atmospheric Chemistry, Carbon Cycle, and Climate (AC4); Climate Variability and Predictability (CVP); Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections (MAPP); and Climate and Societal Interactions (CSI).

Through this Announcement, CPO’s Programs are seeking applications for 7 individual competitions in FY 2017. Investigators are highly encouraged to learn more about CPO and its Programs, as well as specific Program priorities for FY 2017, prior to submitting applications. This information, along with the names and contact information of relevant Competition Managers, is provided in Program information sheets below.

We estimate that $10 million will be available through this Announcement in FY 2017 for approximately 100 new awards pending budget appropriations. It is anticipated that most awards will be at a funding level between $50,000 and $300,000 per year, with some exceptions for larger awards.

General Information

CPO manages competitive research programs through which NOAA funds high-priority climate science, assessments, decision support research, outreach, education, and capacity-building activities designed to advance the understanding of Earth’s climate system and to foster the application of this knowledge to enable effective decisions. CPO supports research that is conducted across the United States and internationally. In support of NOAA’s priorities across all Line Offices, CPO makes investments in observational infrastructure and environmental intelligence that help communities become more resilient. CPO also provides strategic guidance for the agency’s climate science and services programs and supports NOAA’s contributions to the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) and its National Climate Assessment and similar international endeavors.

FFO at a Glance



Letters of Intent

Letters of intent (LOIs) for all competitions (with the exception of the two MAPP Program competitions) should be received by email by 5:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday 8/24/2016.

Letters of Intent for the two MAPP Program competitions should be received electronically by 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, 8/26/2016. 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 two MAPP Program competitions) must be received by 5:00 p.m. ET on Monday, 10/24/2016.

Full applications for the two MAPP Program competitions must be received by 5:00 p.m. ET on Monday, 10/31/2016.

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

Applications must be submitted via For applications submitted through, the basis for determining timeliness is the receipt notice issued by, 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.


Climate Observations and Monitoring (COM) | Information Sheet (pdf)

Competition 1: Ocean Climate Information and Products

Number: 2606687
Manager: Saleem Arrigo |

Projects are solicited that utilize NOAA’s and others’ Ocean Observing assets to create global or regional ocean indices targeted toward the scientific community that will advance the monitoring and understanding of large-scale features and variability of the ocean climate system. Example targets could be (1) informing the understanding of regional ocean dynamics and (2) identifying model biases or improving performance in ocean processes, and proposals should clearly show a pathway by which information gained from these projects would benefit downstream (e.g. forecasting or decision making) applications.

Competition 2: Global Change Climate Indicators and Data Products for Assessment

Number: 2606654
Manager: Saleem Arrigo |

Projects are solicited that will develop and test indicators which could provide a clear and concise way of communicating to the public and decision makers the status and trends of physical drivers of the climate system. These projects will be part of a robust upstream effort of the USGCRP indicators system ( to produce sustained indicators of climate change and variability. This competition is co-supported by the CPO Assessments Program.

Earth System Research and Modeling (ESRM)

Competition 3: AC4 – Synthesis Research: Urban Emissions and Emissions from the Oil & Gas Sector
Information Sheet (pdf)

Number: 2606756
Manager: Monika Kopacz |

The FY17 AC4 announcement builds on the wealth of collected atmospheric measurements of emissions from oil & gas sector, as well as a number of studies focused on emissions from urban regions to support synthesis efforts, including analysis and modeling of emissions and chemistry. Multi PI projects synthesizing several aspects of a particular geographical region or those which involve a synthesis across several geographical regions with common science objectives are solicited.

Competition 4: CVP – Observing and Understanding Processes Affecting the Propagation of Intraseasonal Oscillations in the Maritime Continent Region
Information Sheet (pdf)

Number: 2606762
Manager: Sandy Lucas |

In FY17, the Climate Variability and Predictability (CVP) Program solicits proposals that aim to improve understanding of processes that affect the propagation (speed, intensity, disruption, geographic placement) of intraseasonal oscillations in the Maritime Continent and broader region by using a combination of in situ and remote observations, data analysis, modeling, and/or theoretical understanding of local and remote processes.

The NOAA CVP Program expects to partner with the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and US CLIVAR agencies (NOAA, NSF, NASA, DOE) to leverage activities of the Propagation of Intra-Seasonal Tropical Oscillations (PISTON) Departmental Research Initiative. The NOAA CVP effort is expected to coordinate with the ONR PISTON effort, the NASA Cloud-Aerosol-Monsoon Philippines Experiment (CAMPEx), and YMC observational campaigns to augment these planned activities. It is expected that the CVP component of the overall joint effort will include ship-based process-level field observations as well as modeling experiments.

The core work in the proposal should be three years in length however, if well-justified, one additional year to allow for sufficient time for pre-cruise preparation or post-field analysis and modeling will be considered. Projects will start either in FY17 or FY18, depending on the needs of the project and the availability of funding. Interactions, partnerships, or collaborations with NOAA laboratories and centers are encouraged.

Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections (MAPP) | Information Sheet (pdf)

Competition 5: Advancing Drought Understanding, Monitoring and Prediction

Number: 2606780
Manager: Daniel Barrie |

To enable societies to cope with drought, improved capabilities as part of the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) are needed. To improve drought capabilities, research proposals are solicited to advance the understanding, monitoring, and prediction of drought as part of NOAA’s Drought Task Force activities with a focus on improved understanding of predictability relevant to drought, model development activities, advancing operational monitoring and prediction systems, and developing new monitoring and forecast products.

Competition 6: MAPP – Research to Explore Seasonal Prediction of Coastal High Water Levels and Changing Living Marine Resources

Number: 2606787
Manager: Heather Archambaults |

Seasonal variations in ocean conditions can influence the frequency and severity of coastal flooding and alter the distribution and abundance of fish stocks and other economically valuable living marine resources. Exploratory research proposals are solicited to explore seasonal prediction of coastal high water levels and changing living marine resources to help establish foundational elements of emergent integrated information systems.

Climate and Societal Interactions (CSI) | Information Sheet (pdf)

Competition 7: COCA – Supporting Resilient Coastal Communities in a Changing Climate
Manager: Adrienne Antoine |

For FY17, COCA will support interdisciplinary applied research projects that 1) identify and assess key coastal community and ecosystem risks and vulnerabilities to climate variability and change, and 2) support the development of approaches to address intersecting climatic and non-climatic stressors to enhance coastal community resilience and sustainability in a changing climate. In this competition, COCA is specifically targeting coastal communities that have had difficulty integrating climate information in the past due to insufficient financial, institutional, or human capacity to access, understand and use climate information, as well as undertake significant climate adaptation efforts in their jurisdiction. COCA is focused on applied research on coastal adaptation in a changing climate.


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 Federal co-investigators must submit a proposal identical to the proposal lead’s but with personalized budget information.

Letters of Intent for Federal investigators should be received by the Competition Manager by 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday 8/24/2016 for all competitions, (with exception of MAPP competitions should be received by email by Friday, 8/26/2016 5:00 p.m.)

Full applications for all competitions (with the exception of the two MAPP Program competitions) must be received by 5:00 p.m. ET on Monday, 10/24/2016.

Full applications for the two MAPP Program competitions must be received by 5:00 p.m. ET on Monday, 10/31/2016.


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

Federal Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-OAR-CPO-2017-2004896

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.

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