In FY17 AC4 supported two unique efforts: (1) Regional and Global Environments Experiment (FIREX) and (2) Synthesis and Analysis Research relating to Urban Emissions

Regional and Global Environments Experiment (FIREX)

In FY17 the AC4 program funded an additional 10 new projects consisting of 14 individual grants totaling $5.0 million to universities and non-Federal research laboratories in support of the Fire Influence on Regional and Global Environments Experiment (FIREX) led by NOAA’s Chemical Science Division. FIREX will study emissions and chemical transformation resulting from wildfire burning in Western United States which started in FY16 and runs through FY20.

The FY17 awards are three-to-four years long. All in preparation for the intensive field phase in FY19, the projects focus on:

  • Instrument and model development and initial lab and field experiments,
  • Participation in studies at the Missoula Fire Science laboratory,
  • Simulation chamber studies,
  • Field observations from mobile laboratories and ground sites, and
  • Data assimilation into models and incorporation in inventories.

The new competitively selected projects funded by the AC4 program in FY17 are:

  • “Investigating the Chemistry and Fate of Reactive Nitrogen (NOy) Species in Biomass Burning Smoke using FIREX Data” — PI: Matthew J. Alvarado, Atmospheric & Environmental Research.
    “CrIS/OMPS and TES Ozone Retrievals in Support of the FIREX Intensive Campaign” — PIs: Kevin Bowman, Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Brad Pierce, NOAA Center for Satellite Applications and Research.
  • “Near-field Characterization of Biomass Burning Plumes” — PI: Delphine Farmer, Colorado State University.
  • “Wildfire Impacts on O3 and Particulate Matter in Urban Areas of the Western US” — PI: Dan Jaffe, University of Washington Bothell.
  • “Modeling the Complex and Dynamic Physico-Chemical Evolution of Primary and Secondary Organic Aerosol from Wildfire Smoke” — PI: Shantanu Jathar, Colorado State University.
  • “Aerosol Size Distribution and Composition Evolution During FIREX Activities: Closure Analyses and Climate Impacts” — PIs: Jeffrey Pierce, Colorado State University, Matthew J. Alvarado, Atmospheric & Environmental Research.
  • “Remote Sensing of Radical Precursors in Biomass Burning Plumes” — PI: Jochen Stutz, University of California, Los Angeles.
  • “Chemical Characterization of Biomass Burning Smoke: Emissions and Multi-phase Evolution of Oxidant and SOA Precursors” — PI: Joel Thornton, University of Washington.
  • “Emissions and Chemistry of Formaldehyde in Biomass Burning Plumes” — PI: Glenn M. Wolfe, University of Maryland Baltimore County.
  • “Building and Testing the Framework to Integrate Detailed Chemical Measurements and Predictive Biomass Burning Models” — PIs: Christine Wiedinmyer, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Kelley Barsanti, University of California, Riverside, Ann Marie Carlton, University of California, Irvine.

Synthesis and Analysis Research Relating to Urban Emissions

In addition in FY17, the AC4 program funded one new project totaling $1.5 million to conduct Synthesis and Analysis Research relating to Urban Emissions.

The new competitively selected project funded by the AC4 program in FY17 is:

“CO2 Urban Synthesis and Analysis ("CO2-USA") Network” — PIs: John C. Lin, University of Utah, Lucy Hutyra, Boston University, Steven Wofsy, Harvard University, Christopher P. Loughner, University of Maryland.

The proposed work is composed of 6 related activities:
  1. Conduct workshops for idea exchange, data harmonization & integration, inventory comparison, stakeholder outreach, network design, inverse modeling, collaboration
  2. Create publicly available CO2 and CH4 mixing ratio datasets that have undergone consistent QA/QC and formatting for multiple urban areas
  3. Develop and disseminate anthropogenic and biospheric flux inventories that would be compared against one another and validated against local bottom-up information
  4. Develop a powerful new cross-city atmospheric modeling system, with inputs based on [1], [2], and [3], and on new high resolution operational meteorological products, designed to be operable, scalable, widely applicable, and web-available.
  5. Estimate carbon emissions in different U.S. cities, by applying [4] and [3].
  6. Engage stakeholders including city and state-level officials and NGOs, including: assessing user needs, building a learning community at public agencies, and creating conduits for data exchange between policymakers and scientists.

2018 Federal Funding Opportunities at a Glance

Important Dates/Deadlines

Letters of Intent

(LOIs) for all three competitions should be received through email by 5:00 p.m. ET on January 5, 2018

Full Applications

Full applications for the RISA competition must be received by 5:00pm on March 5, 2018.

Full applications for COCA/RISA and IRAP competitions must be received by 5:00 p.m. ET on March 16, 2018.

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.

For 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.

Competitions/Information Sheets

Competition 1: RISA – South Central Region

Contact: Meredith Muth
Applicants should consider tackling interconnections among multiple issues relevant to a region as opposed to an individual project addressing site-specific analysis. Climate will have implications for a myriad of interconnected management and planning decisions in the region. From their own research and interactions with decision makers, applicants should identify the most important climate-sensitive issues and management challenges for their proposed region. Special consideration should be given to those communities or stakeholders in the regions for whom there is currently less direct engagement with climate information science and service providers/entities. Applicants should also consider NOAA mission-oriented topics that could benefit from the work of a RISA who could integrate information from and work across multiple issues. RISA activities should address a number of the societal challenges identified in NOAA’s Next-Generation Strategic Plan (NGSP): i) climate impacts on water resources; ii) coasts and climate resilience; iii) sustainability of marine ecosystems; and iv) changes in the extremes of weather and climate. These efforts support NOAA’s vision to create and sustain enhanced resilience in ecosystems, communities, and economies, as outlined in the NGSP. We do not, however, anticipate that a proposed RISA would work solely in these areas.

Competition 2: COCA/RISA – Pilot on Coastal Climate Extension Competition

Contact: Adrienne Antoine / Lisa Vaughan
The COCA and RISA programs are collaborating on a two-year pilot project to support and expand coastal climate extension within the RISA network. For FY18, the COCA program is soliciting proposals for coastal climate extension specialists in up to two RISA coastal regions (Mid-Atlantic and South Central).

Competition 3: IRAP - Decision Support Research on Climate-Sensitive Health Risks

Contact: Lisa Vaughan
IRAP will consider proposals for interdisciplinary, applied science, stakeholder engagement, and capacity building that advances the integration of weather and climate research, assessments and services in practical risk management settings related to health risks that affect US interests at home and abroad. Health risks of particular interest include: temperature-related mortality and illness; infectious and vector borne diseases; flooding due to extreme events such as hurricanes; air quality impacts; water and food-borne illnesses; nutrition, and food and water distribution. Specifically, IRAP will consider proposals related to the following: 1) Decision Support Research and Application on Climate-Sensitive Health Risks in Transboundary Regions of the United States, in Partnership with the NOAA/CSI Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessment Program; and 2) Developing and Using Subseasonal and Seasonal Global Health Risk Maps, Prediction Tools and Information to Anticipate and Manage Climate-Sensitive Health Risk.

Where to Submit

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

Federal 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.

For Federal Investigators

Federal lead investigators who wish to apply to this Announcement of Opportunity must prepare a proposal according to the FFO guidelines and submit the proposal to the program manager directly, instead of to Federal co-investigators must submit a proposal identical to the proposal lead's but with personalized budget information.

Letters of Intent for Federal investigators should be received by the Competition Manager by 5:00 p.m. ET on January 5, 2018 for all competitions.

Full applications for the RISA competition must be received by 5:00pm on March 2, 2018. Full applications for COCA/RISA and IRAP competitions must be received by 5:00 p.m. ET on March 13, 2018.


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