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

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.

ABOUT OUR ORGANIZATION

Americans’ health, security and economic wellbeing are tied to climate and weather. Every day, we see communities grappling with environmental challenges due to unusual or extreme events related to climate and weather. In 2017, the United States experienced a record-tying 16 climate- and weather-related disasters where overall costs reached or exceeded $1 billion. Combined, these events claimed 362 lives, and had significant economic effects on the areas impacted, costing more than $306 billion. Businesses, policy leaders, resource managers and citizens are increasingly asking for information to help them address such challenges.

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