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Grants to USA IHEs, Agencies, Nonprofits, and For-Profits for Research on Coastal Water Levels

Earth System Science and Modeling Research for Coastal Inundation

GrantWatch ID# 207342
Agency: Federal

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Commerce - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) - Climate Program Office (CPO)
CFDA Number: 11.431
Funding or PIN Number: NOAA-OAR-CPO-2023-2007559
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Important Dates
LOI Date: 01/27/23
Deadline: 03/17/23 5:00 PM ET Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA IHEs, agencies, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, and tribal governments for research projects on coastal water levels. Applicants are advised that it may take several weeks to complete required registrations. Funding is intended for projects that will provide data to inform future prediction systems.

This FY23 NOFO is being executed through CPO’s Earth System Science and Modeling (ESSM) Division, and two of its programs: the Climate Variability and Predictability (CVP) Program and the Modeling, Analysis, Predictions and Projections (MAPP) Program. Through this announcement, CPO is seeking applications for one individual competition in FY23. This competition solicits projects in response to H.R.3684 - Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, NOAA section, Provision 3:“... coastal and inland flood and inundation mapping and forecasting, …” that align with the goals of “A NOAA Capability for Coastal Flooding and Inundation Information and Services at Climate Timescales to Reduce Risk and Improve Resilience”.

The competition solicits projects “to improve the understanding and modeling of coupled—ocean, climate, land, hydrologic, hydrodynamic, wave—drivers/contributions to mean and extreme total water levels”, focused on key processes that are most important to the seasonal to annual time scale. Outcomes from these projects will be used for guidance informing the development of future versions of coastal inundation observations and prediction/projection systems on a national level.

The one competition covered by this announcement is as follows:

  • CPO Cross Program-CVP-MAPP - Improve the understanding and modeling of key processes of coupled drivers/contributions to seasonal to annual mean and extreme total water levels


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education, other nonprofits, commercial organizations, international organizations, and state, local and Indian tribal governments.

If applicants or NOAA cooperative institutes are interested in collaborating with NOAA labs/center employees, then cooperative institutes applicants should submit their applications directly to this NOFO. NOAA lab/center federal employees can participate by emailing the competition managers directly.

Federal agencies or institutions are not eligible to receive Federal assistance under this NOFO.

Fees and profits are not permitted.

Pre-Application Information
Letters of intent (LOIs) for all competitions should be received by email by 5:00 p.m.
Eastern Time on January 27, 2023.

While LOIs are strongly encouraged, applicants are not required to submit them and may submit a full application even if they have not submitted a LOI.

Full applications for all competitions must be submitted through and validated by on or before 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, on March 17, 2023. Due to limited staffing of federal offices, hardcopy applications will not be accepted.

CPO anticipates that funding decisions on applications will be made during summer 2023.

Each applicant (unless the applicant is an individual or Federal awarding agency that is excepted from those requirements under 2 CFR 25.110(b) or (c), or has an exception approved by the Federal awarding agency under 2 CFR 25.110(d)) is required to: (i) Be registered in SAM before submitting its application; (ii) Provide a valid unique entity identifier (UEI) in its application; and (iii) Continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a Federal awarding agency.

In order to submit an application through, an applicant must register for a 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.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
Funding of 4 to 6 projects is anticipated.

Estimated Size of Grant
It is anticipated that most awards will be at a funding level of up to $250,000 per year.

Term of Contract
It is anticipated that awards will be 3 years in duration.

Contact Information
LOIs must be submitted to the NOAA Competition Managers:
Daniel Barrie

Virginia Selz

Please visit the CPO website for further information at or contact the CPO Grants Manager, Diane Brown, at for general NOFO questions only.

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

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