NOAA's Climate Program Office Announces New Funding Opportunity

Learn more about the Office's Fiscal Year 2021 grant competitions

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.

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