This year’s solicitation includes 6 competitions to advance understanding and prediction of climate and ultimately help Americans plan for and respond to risks and impacts. Approximately $8 million will be available for about 90 new awards, pending budget appropriations, with most awards funded between $50,000 and $300,000 per year. The competition topics include:
emissions, air quality, and heat in urban areas;
atmospheric impacts due to changes in anthropogenic activity during the COVID-19 pandemic;
new climate monitoring approaches and products for areas of climate risk;
metrics for evaluating physical processes in models to advance NOAA climate models and applications;
innovative ocean dataset/product analysis and development for support of the NOAA observing and climate modeling communities; and
advancing climate adaptation and coastal community resilience.
The rising frequency and severity of extreme weather and climate events are taking a heavy toll on the U.S. and worldwide. Since 1980, the annual number of billion-dollar disasters and total damages in the United States have more than quadrupled. By funding high-priority climate science through four major program areas, CPO provides actionable information to ensure better decision-making and enable people, businesses, and the environment to thrive in the face of a changing climate and its impacts.
Prior to submitting applications, investigators are highly encouraged to learn more about CPO and its programs, as well as specific program priorities for FY 2021. For details about the competitions, application information, CPO’s programs, and the names and contact information of relevant Competition Managers, please visit the FY 2021 Notice of Funding Opportunity page.
MISSION: The Climate and Fisheries Adaptation Program (CAFA) is a partnership between the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (NOAA Research) Climate Program Office, and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) Office of Science and Technology that supports targeted research to promote adaptation and resilience of the nation's valuable fisheries and fisheries-dependent communities in a changing climate. By bringing together NOAA scientists with many partners, CAFA addresses priority needs for information and tools identified in the NOAA Fisheries Climate Science Strategy, Regional Action Plans, and other sources.
ISSUE: Healthy fisheries are a significant component of the U.S. economy. Commercial and recreational marine fisheries generate over $200 billion in economic activity and support more than 1.8 million jobs annually (FEUS 2016). Fisheries also support working waterfronts and coastal communities, provide opportunities for commerce, are tied to rich cultures, and help meet the growing demand for seafood across the U.S. and the world.
Climate change is impacting fish stocks, fisheries, and fishing communities, and these impacts are expected to increase. Changing climate and ocean conditions (e.g. warming oceans, changing currents, coastal inundation, extreme events, etc.) can affect the abundance, distribution, and productivity of fish stocks that support economically important fisheries. Sustainable fisheries management requires an improved understanding of how climate, fishing, and other stressors interact to affect fish stocks (including their habitats and prey), fisheries and fishing-dependent communities.
PROGRAM HISTORY: The CAFA Program was established by the NOAA Research Climate Program Office and the NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology in 2014 to advance understanding of climate‐related impacts on fish stocks, fisheries and fishing communities. The partnership originated through the former Coastal and Ocean Climate Applications (COCA) Program and in 2021 was renamed the Climate and Fisheries Adaptation (CAFA) Program as part of the Climate Program Office Adaptation Sciences Program.
SPONSORS: Funding for the CAFA Program comes from the OAR Climate Program Office and the NMFS Office of Science and Technology, the Office of Sustainable Fisheries, and the Northeast Fisheries Science Center.
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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.
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