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Climate and Societal Interactions (CSI) Division — Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) 2023 Funding Opportunity

Federal Agency Name(s): Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce

Notice of Funding Opportunity Title: Climate Program Office (CPO), Climate and Societal Interactions (CSI) Division — Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL)

Announcement Type: Initial

Notice of Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-OAR-CPO-2023-2007771

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 11.431, Climate and Atmospheric Research

NOFO at a Glance

The Climate Adaptation Partnerships (CAP) Program, formally the Regional Integrated Science and Assessments (RISA) Program, in CPO’s Division of Climate and Societal Interactions (CSI), is an applied research and engagement program that expands society’s regional capacity to adapt to climate impacts in the U.S. The CAP/RISA program supports sustained, collaborative relationships that help communities build lasting and equitable climate resilience. Funded by 5-year cooperative agreements with NOAA, the work is accomplished by teams of research institutions, nonprofit organizations, and state/local/Tribal governments in multi-state regions. CAP/RISA teams engage in a variety of applied and co-developed research and partnerships with communities. A central tenet of the CAP/RISA program is that learning about climate adaptation and resilience is facilitated by and sustained across a wide range of experts, practitioners, and the public. Learning about and doing adaptation happens within social contexts. As such, the CAP/RISA program supports networks of people working together to plan for and adjust to change using science and local knowledge) (learn more about CAP/RISA).

The goal of this Notice of Federal Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is to support collaborative research and community engagement projects that improve climate adaptation planning and action. Collaborative research and community engagement are defined here as the process of developing trusted and sustained partnerships between scientists, decision-makers, and communities that lead to shared understandings of climate adaptation needs and the co-generation of credible and actionable climate knowledge to support community defined plans, including implementable solutions. Outcomes from this work will support and inform the identification of equitable and inclusive infrastructure investments that mitigate flooding and wildfire risks. Projects will work across existing CAP/RISA teams and expansion activity regions to test, scale, and transfer knowledge to build national adaptation capacity. The Principal Investigator of the proposal must be a member of a current CAP/RISA team.

This initiative supports National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) activities within the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). Through BIL, NOAA aims to improve capabilities to better inform decisions to protect life and property, and mitigate flooding and wildfire impacts to the U.S. population and economy. Specifically, outcomes of grants funded through this opportunity will support national adaptive capacity by 1) generating new, locally relevant knowledge and strategies to reduce risks from flooding and wildfire in frontline communities, 2) testing and evaluating the scalability and transferability of existing methods of engagement and/or approaches for integrating social and interdisciplinary knowledge into climate adaptation planning for flooding and wildfire, and 3) piloting new methods of engagement and/or approaches for integrating social and interdisciplinary knowledge into climate adaptation planning for flooding and wildfire.

Through this NOFO, the CAP/RISA program in the CSI division of the Climate Program Office is soliciting applications for three competitions, with approximately $3.6 Million available in FY22/23.

CPO’s grant programs manage a competitive process through a NOFO announcement to make awards supporting high-quality research conducted across the United States and internationally on the most urgent climate science questions. While each program area has its own focus, together they advance understanding of Earth’s climate system through interdisciplinary, integrated scientific research, and leverage the resulting knowledge, data, and systems to enhance society’s ability to plan and respond to climate variability and climate change. Toward this end, CPO also supports partnerships that build end-to-end pipelines of information (e.g., integrated information systems) flowing from scientists to decision-makers.

etters of Intent

Letters of intent (LOIs) should be received by email by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on February 1, 2023.

Full Applications

Full applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, March 29th, 2023.

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.

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.

Federal employees who wish to engage in this Announcement of Opportunity must collaborate as unfunded collaborators. Funding is not available for Federal investigators through this announcement. All proposals must be submitted by institutions or other organizations through following the instructions in the NOFO. No applications will be accepted via email.

Letters of Intent should be received by Competition Manager by 5 p.m. Eastern Time, February 1, 2023.

Full applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, March 29, 2023.

Application packages:

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

Notice of Funding Opportunity Number:


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.

Diane BrownCPO Grants Manager   

List of Competitions

NOAA is accepting individual applications for 3 competitions.

Program Manager(s):

The goal of this initiative is to evaluate and improve engagement methods to support comprehensive planning activities related to coastal climate resilience and implementable climate adaptation solutions related to flooding and inundation. CAP/RISA teams will collaborate, across regions, to assess how a variety of engagement approaches can be applied broadly to coastal communities throughout the Nation.

Program Manager(s):

The goal of this initiative is to develop new or improved approaches for identifying and assessing tradeoffs and co-benefits of flood mitigation infrastructure options in communities impacted by coastal inundation and/or inland flooding. CAP/RISA teams will collaborate, across regions, to enhance the integration of social, economic, and physical information and knowledge to contribute to climate adaptation and infrastructure planning that is equitable and identifies solutions that are fiscally implementable.

Program Manager(s):

The goal of this initiative is to advance actionable knowledge of the interactions between wildfire risk and social infrastructures in order to develop relevant solutions to improve climate resilience and reduce wildfire risk in frontline communities. CAP/RISA teams will collaborate, across regions, to improve understanding of and communication about the relationships between long-term and complex wildfire risks, social infrastructure and mitigation efforts in order to build local adaptive capacity.

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