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

LOIs for all competitions should be received via email by 5:00 p.m. ET on April 2, 2018.

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 must be received by 5:00 p.m. ET on May 18, 2018.

Applications must be submitted via http://www.grants.gov. For applications submitted through grants.gov, the basis for determining timeliness is the receipt notice issued by http://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.

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

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-2018-2005492

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.

Questions/Who to Contact

Diane Brown, CPO Grants Manager diane.brown@noaa.gov

Competition Description & Contact

CVP – Pre-Field Modeling Studies in Support of TPOS Process Studies, a Component of TPOS 2020

Contact: Sandy Lucas
In the First Report of TPOS 2020 (Tropical Pacific Observing System 2020, tpos2020.org), many recommendations and proposed actions were identified. The use of process studies that will inform further refinement of TPOS was noted as a critical part of the implementation process that can guide the development of the system design. Two of the studies that are recommended in the report are called “Pacific Upwelling and Mixing Physics (PUMP)” (section 6.2.1) and “Air–sea Interaction at the eastern edge of the Warm Pool” (section 6.2.3). Each of these studies focus on improved predictability of the overall evolution of the Pacific climate system on seasonal to interannual timescales (MJO, ENSO, etc.), which is beneficial to NOAA’s mission of improved environmental prediction. This solicitation is intended to contribute to the goals of TPOS 2020.

In FY 2018, the CVP program solicits modeling projects that will refine the current scientific understanding of the equatorial Pacific climate system with a specific focus on two process studies identified in the TPOS 2020 First Report, “Pacific Upwelling and Mixing Physics (PUMP)” (section 6.2.1) and “Air–sea Interaction at the eastern edge of the Warm Pool” (section 6.2.3). The CVP Program encourages a hierarchy of modeling approaches. Outcomes from these projects will be used for pre-cruise planning and field campaign development.

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-2018-2005492

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 investigator but with personalized budget information.

Letters of Intent for Federal investigators should be received by the Competition Manager by 5:00 p.m. ET on April 2, 2018 for all competitions.

Full applications for all Competitions must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, May 18, 2018.

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