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Climate Program Office 2020

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits,
IHEs, and Organizations for Research on Climate Change

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U.S. Department of Commerce - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) - Climate Program Office (CPO)

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Grants to USA, Canada, and International nonprofits, IHEs, commercial and international organizations, and state, local, and tribal governments for research projects on weather, climate systems, and climate change. Required registrations may take several weeks to complete.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is focused on providing the essential and highest quality environmental information vital to our Nation’s safety, prosperity and resilience. Toward this goal, the agency conducts and supports weather and climate research, oceanic and atmospheric observations, modeling, information management, assessments, interdisciplinary decision-support research, outreach, education, and partnership development.

CPO’s strategy addresses challenges in the areas of: (1) Weather and climate extremes, (2) Climate impacts on water resources, (3) Coasts and climate resilience, (4) Sustainability of marine ecosystems, and (5) Changing atmospheric composition and its impacts. Making progress in addressing climate-related societal challenges, and realizing benefits for NOAA’s public and private partners, requires that these mission-focused capabilities be integrated across CPO to align research, applications, transitions, and operations, and to meet the information needs for a resilient society. CPO works towards this objective of integration through a focus on climate intelligence and climate resilience, in support of NOAA’s goals.

CPO defines climate intelligence as the capabilities regarding: (1) Observations and monitoring, (2) Earth system science and modeling, (3) Climate and societal interactions, and (4) Communication, education, and engagement. Climate resilience leverages climate intelligence to advance capabilities for responding to the urgent and growing demand for reliable, trusted, transparent, and timely climate information needed to protect and sustain all sectors of our economy and environment.

CPO supports competitive research through three major program areas: Earth System Science and Modeling (ESSM); Climate and Societal Interactions (CSI); and Communication, Education and Engagement (CEE). The 10 competitions covered by this announcement are as follows: 

Earth System Science and Modeling (ESSM):

    1.  AC4: Urban atmosphere in a changing climate: chemistry, carbon and composition
    2. CVP - Climate and Changing Ocean Conditions - Process Research and Modeling to Support the Needs of NOAA Fisheries
    3. MAPP - Characterizing and Anticipating U.S. Droughts’ Complex Interactions 
    4. MAPP - Modeling Climate Impacts on the Predictability of Fisheries and Other Living Marine Resources
    5. MAPP - Constraining Models’ Climate Sensitivity
    6. COM - Developing terrestrial-, marine-, and ice-atmospheric boundary layer datasets through collaborations between observations and modeling communities
    7. Multi-program - Explaining Climate Extreme Events: Developing a Rapid Assessment Capability and Understanding the Causes and Mechanisms of Extreme Events
    8. Climate and Societal Interactions (CSI): Coastal and Ocean Climate Applications (COCA) Fisheries and Climate Program: Understanding Climate Impacts on Fish Stocks and Fisheries to Inform Sustainable Fisheries Management
    9. National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS):Coping with Drought
    10. Communication, Education Engagement (CEE):Evolving the Climate Resilience Ecosystem of Adaptation Service Providers

For details on each of the competitions, see the individual competition information sheets below, or:

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GrantWatch ID#: 184224

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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.

CVP - Awards will be between $150,000 and $225,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

Applications should use September 1, 2020, as the start date unless otherwise directed by the Competition Manager.

1. AC4 Projects are expected to last 2-3 years.
2. CVP - 3 years.
3. MAPP Projects across its three competitions are expected to last up to 3 years.
4. COM - Projects are expected to last 2 - 3 years.
5. Multi-program: Explaining Climate Extreme Events: type 1 awards expected to last up to 3 years, type 2 award expected to last up to 4 years.
6. COCA - Projects are expected to last up to 3 years
7. NIDIS CWD Projects are expected to last 2 years.
8. CEE - Project is expected to last 3 years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education, other nonprofits, commercial organizations, international organizations, and state, local and Indian tribal governments. Federal agencies or institutions are not eligible to receive Federal assistance under this notice.

Fees and profits are disallowed.

Pre-Application Information:

Letters of intent (LOIs) for all competitions should be received by email by 5:00 p.m.
Eastern Time on August 23, 2019.

Full Applications: Full applications for all competitions must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, October 28, 2019.

The purpose of the LOI process is to provide information to potential applicants on the relevance of their proposed project to the competition in advance of preparing a full application. Full applications will be encouraged only for LOIs deemed relevant. Applicants who have not been encouraged may still submit a full application. While LOIs are strongly encouraged, applicants are not required to submit them and may submit a full application even if they have not submitted an LOI.

A response to the LOI from the Competition Manager (e-mail or letter) will be sent to the investigator within three weeks after the LOI’s due date encouraging or discouraging a full application based on its relevance to the targeted competition. It is then entirely up to the investigator whether to submit a full application.

All applications must have a DUNS (Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System) number when applying for federal grants. No application is deemed complete without the DUNS number, and only the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) may grant exceptions.

In order to submit an application through, an applicant must register for a Notice of Federal Funding Page 19 of 30 user ID and password. Note that this process can take between three to five business days or as long as four weeks if all steps are not completed correctly. To avoid delays, applicants are strongly encouraged to start early and not wait until the approaching application deadline before registering, logging in, reviewing the application instructions, and applying. Information about the registration process for organizations can be found at

All CPO programs have no cost sharing or matching criteria EXCEPT the CEE competition. CEE requires matching funds of between $150,000 and $250,000 per year, for each of the 3 years of this grant award. The non government entity shall provide proof of Notice of Federal Funding Page 14 of 30 matching funds for the first year, prior to disbursement of CPO/CEE funds.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Diane Brown, CPO Grants Manager
NOAA Climate Program Office (R/CP1), SSMC3, Room 12734
1315 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Monika Kopacz: Competition 1

Sandy Lucas, Competition 2,

Daniel Barrie, Competition 3, 4, 7

Annarita Mariotti, Competition 5

Virginia Selz, Competition 6:

Adrienne Antoine, Competition 8

Britt Parker, Competition 9

David Herring, Competition 10

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