Published: October 25, 2022
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In addition to their core awards, CAP/RISA is funding small grant components to better connect CAP/RISA climate expertise with community organizations serving frontline and underserved communities. The competitively selected CAP/RISA teams total $12,177,656 in cooperative agreements over the five-year period.
The competitively-selected projects total $3.7 million in awards over three years1. This set of funded projects is the result of the work of the CPO Marine Ecosystem Risk Team, and is a major achievement for the CPO Risk Area Initiative.
CPO’s Earth’s Radiation Budget (ERB) Program is announcing 6 new 3-year projects in Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 that aim to improve the model representation of aerosols and their roles in solar radiation management. The competitively selected projects total $4.2 million in grant awards.
NOAA’s Climate Program Office announced today a total annual award of $15.2 million to support 63 new, innovative, and impactful projects that will improve our nation’s resilience at a critical time in the fight against the climate crisis.
“The window of time to avoid costly, deadly, and irreversible future climate impacts is quickly dwindling,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. “The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to bold action and these new awards from NOAA are critical economic and research investments that will improve data, tools, and resources needed to mitigate the impacts of climate change while building better, more resilient communities across America.”
Over the next year, universities, other research institutions, and agency partners across the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, will conduct newly-funded projects in partnership with NOAA programs, laboratories and research centers. For example, this is the first time Climate Adaptation Partnerships/Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (CAP/RISA) is funding a full five-year team in the Caribbean. CPO is committed to funding these awards for three years, and in some cases up to five years, conditional on appropriations.
“These grants will spur the knowledge and innovation needed to tackle the climate crisis which is a top priority for the Department of Commerce and NOAA,” said NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad, Ph.D. “These new NOAA investments are essential to improve understanding of climate change, how to mitigate increasing impacts, and bolster community resilience. All of these substantive steps work together towards our goal of building a Climate-Ready Nation.”
CPO’s peer-reviewed competitive funding process ensures that proposals chosen to receive funding meet high standards of scientific rigor, quality, relevance to societal challenges, NOAA’s mission and equity. Research inside and outside of NOAA is supported. These projects conducted by external partners expand the reach of NOAA’s mission and the frontiers of scientific inquiry. While CPO funds new projects each fiscal year, CPO continues to support multi-year initiatives funded in previous years.
“CPO funds research to advance climate science and climate adaptation, as well as climate engagement, education, assessment, and integrated information systems,” said Wayne Higgins, Ph.D., director of NOAA’s Climate Program Office. “These investments in climate science lead to credible and actionable information to enhance our nation’s resilience.”
CPO’s annual awards adapt to meet changing climate challenges. This year, the awards address several new and urgent priorities including offering a competition that focuses on Tribal Nations for the first time through the National Integrated Drought Information System. Additionally, this year marks the first round of grants awarded as part of the Earth’s Radiation Budget program.
Some of the new funding will also support research investments with the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries to further their climate goals. The investment in sanctuaries contributes to the America the Beautiful initiative by advancing climate-informed management of sanctuaries and contributing to the effective conservation of 30% of U.S. waters by 2030.