NOFO at a Glance
CPO supports competitive research through four major program areas: Earth System Science and Modeling (ESSM); Climate and Societal Interactions (CSI); Communication, Education and Engagement (CEE); and the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS). Through this announcement, CPO is seeking applications for eight individual competitions in FY22. Several of these competitions are relevant to high-priority climate risk areas. CPO is organizing some of its activities around these areas to improve science understanding and/or capabilities that result in user-driven outcomes. Four climate risk areas of particular interest to CPO are: Coastal Inundation, Marine Ecosystems, Water Resources, and Extreme Heat.
Prior to submitting applications, investigators are highly encouraged to learn more about CPO and its programs, as well as specific program priorities for FY22. In addition, interactions, partnerships, or collaborations with NOAA Laboratories and Cooperative Institutes are encouraged.
This information, along with the names and contact information of relevant Competition managers, is provided below.
In FY22, approximately $15 million will be available for approximately 90 new awards pending budget appropriations (see section I.B above). It is anticipated that most awards will be at a funding level between $50,000 and $300,000 per year with exceptions for larger awards, unless otherwise noted below. Federal funding for FY 2023 may be used to fund awards submitted under this Notice of Funding Opportunity. Current or previous grantees are eligible to apply for a new award that builds on, but does not replicate, activities covered in existing or previous awards. Current grantees should not apply for supplementary funding through this announcement.
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.
Links to Full NOFO and Grants.gov Listing
Letters of Intent
Letters of intent (LOIs) should be received by email by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on August 9, 2021.
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 must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, October 18, 2021.
Applications received after these dates and times will not be considered for funding.
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.
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.
For Federal Investigators
Federal lead investigators who wish to apply to this Announcement of Opportunity must prepare a proposal according to the NOFO guidelines and submit the proposal to the program manager directly, instead of to http://www.grants.gov. Federal co-investigators must submit a proposal identical to the proposal lead’s but with personalized budget information.
Letters of Intent should be received by Competition Manager by 5 p.m. Eastern Time, August 9, 2021.
Full applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, October 18, 2021.
Where to Submit
Notice of Funding Opportunity Number:
Applicants without Internet access:
Please send mail to:
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
List Of Competitions
NOAA is accepting individual applications for 8 competition.
AC4 – Fire and Smoke at the Wildland-Urban Interface
In FY22, the AC4 Program is soliciting research proposals for the following competition: Fire and smoke at the wildland-urban interface.
OAR/CPO/CVP – NWS/OSTI/Modeling Division Joint Competition to Advance Process Understanding and Representation of Precipitation in Models
In FY22, CVP and OSTI are interested in understanding, diagnosing and modeling of key processes for improving the simulation of subseasonal to seasonal (S2S) precipitation in weather and climate models. This timescale bridges the weather and climate continuum and is an expanding area of research interests in support of NOAA extended-range to seasonal operational forecast systems. Additionally, improving key processes associated with precipitation can provide benefits for information on timescales of weather through climate change.
CVP – Observation and Modeling Studies in Support of Tropical Pacific Process Studies, Pre-Field-II
In FY22, the CVP program solicits observationally-based and/or modeling projects that will build upon and 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). Outcomes from the proposed projects will be used to further the development of a possible field campaign in this region.
COM/MAPP/CSI – Improving Climate Understanding and Information For Marine Sanctuary Management Planning
In FY22, the COM and MAPP programs in collaboration with CSI programs are soliciting proposals for the following joint competition:
– Improving climate understanding and information for marine sanctuary management planning
The competition calls for research to improve understanding of long-term variability and change of physical or biogeochemical conditions in place-based managed ecosystems; climate-related impacts on biological/ecologically-relevant physical processes; and/or the consequential impacts to outcomes desired by the communities that Sanctuaries serve and potential solutions with co-benefits to coastal community resilience and ecosystem conservation. Type 1 proposals are project-based. Type 2 proposals should include a team plan to organize and lead Task Force activities.
ERB -Atmospheric aerosols and their potential roles in solar climate intervention methods
In FY22, ERB is soliciting proposals on atmospheric aerosols and their potential roles in solar climate intervention methods. The main focus areas of this competition are: improving numerical model representations of these proposed intervention approaches; and using models to assess the impacts of these aerosol perturbations on Earth’s radiative balance, atmospheric chemical processes, dynamics, weather, and climate.
CEE: Climate-Smart Communities Initiative
In FY22, the CEE Division is soliciting proposals for a U.S.-based academic, non-profit, or commercial organization to manage the CSCI Project, working very closely together with NOAA’s US Climate Resilience Toolkit (USCRT) team and its federal partners, via a 4-year cooperative agreement grant.
NIDIS CWD – Ecological Drought
In FY22, the Coping with Drought: Ecological Drought competition will be focused on research and tools to improve our understanding and management of drought risk in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems to inform more deliberate and expanded decision-making that supports sustainable, healthy and resilient ecosystems.
NIDIS CWD – Building Tribal Drought Resilience
In FY22, the Coping with Drought: Building Tribal Drought Resilience competition will be focused on the implementation of actions – together with research on those actions – to build tribal drought resilience contained in existing plans and strategies.