FY 2020 Notice of Funding Opportunity

Federal Agency Name(s): Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Oceanic and Atmospheric Research , Climate Program Office

Notice of Funding Opportunity Title: Climate Program Office FY2020

Announcement Type: Initial

Notice of Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-OAR-CPO-2020-2006076

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 11.431, Climate and Atmospheric Research

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). Through this announcement, CPO is seeking applications for 10 individual competitions in FY20. Prior to submitting applications, investigators are highly encouraged to learn more about CPO and its programs, as well as specific program priorities for FY20. 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 in information sheets which can be found at the bottom of this page.

In FY20, approximately $13 million will be available for approximately 90 new awards pending budget appropriations. 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 2021 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.

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Links to Full NOFO and Grants.gov Listing

Important Dates/Deadlines

Letters of Intent

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

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

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

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 Grants.gov. Federal co-investigators must submit a proposal identical to the proposal lead's but with personalized budget information.

Letters of Intent for all competitions should be received by Competition Manager by 5 p.m. Eastern Time, August 23, 2019.

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

Where to Submit

Application packages:

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

Notice of Funding Opportunity Number:

NOAA-OAR-CPO-2020-2006076

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.

General Information

CPO manages competitive research programs through which NOAA funds high-priority climate science, assessments, decision support research, outreach, education, and capacity-building activities designed to advance the understanding of Earth’s climate system and to foster the application of this knowledge to enable effective decisions. CPO supports research that is conducted across the United States and internationally. CPO also provides strategic guidance for the agency’s climate science and services programs and supports NOAA’s contributions to the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) and its National Climate Assessment and similar international endeavors.

NOAA is accepting individual applications for 10 competitions.

 

List of Competitions

Competition 1: AC4 - Urban atmosphere in a changing climate: chemistry, carbon and composition

Competition Number: 2808174

Manager(s):
Monika Kopacz   

In FY20, to continue and expand its investments in the urban atmosphere, the AC4 program invites proposals focused on one or more of the following:

Research that builds on previously developed resources, e.g. CO2-USA network, or existing infrastructure to analyze or otherwise explore in depth recently studied cities across the United States

Multispecies approach to understanding the urban environment

Research with the potential to inform mitigation strategies, especially with regard to co- benefits for air pollution and greenhouse gas reduction

Participation in upcoming field efforts in U.S. cities or exploration of novel chemistry and tracers of urban air, although an FY21 solicitation for field efforts is also anticipated

Investigation of the evolution of urban air composition in a warming climate


Competition 2: CVP - Climate and Changing Ocean Conditions - Process Research and Modeling to Support the Needs of NOAA Fisheries

Competition Number: 2808172

Manager(s):
Sandy Lucas   

In FY20, CVP is interested in coupled- or ocean-model process studies linked with observational data analysis to better understand physical changes in the ocean in direct support of the needs of NOAA Fisheries research in one or both of the following Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs): California Current, and/or Northeast U.S. Continental Shelf. Specifically, CVP seeks focused studies to better understand the following questions with respect to physical properties of the ocean (such as heat, freshwater, and momentum, the two-way exchange with the atmosphere; globally and/or regionally) and the impact on marine ecosystems:  1) how does a particular climate phenomenon (with a timescale of months or longer, e.g., ENSO, PDO, AMO/AMV, NAO, etc.) drive physical ocean conditions (sea surface and subsurface temperature, salinity and currents)? and, 2) how are ocean conditions changing in response to changing climate conditions and why? The goal of this work is to strengthen the fundamental understanding of physical mechanisms that affect ocean conditions in the context of climate variability and change, and how it impacts marine ecosystems. Outcomes of this project should clearly describe how changing climate conditions may affect marine ecosystems and habitats for living marine resources (e.g., protected species and U.S. fisheries) in one or both Large Marine Ecosystem (LME) regions: California Current and/or Northeast U.S. Continental Shelf.

[Note, there are additional coordinated solicitations through the Modeling, Analysis, Predictions and Projections (MAPP) Program and the Coastal and Ocean Climate Applications (COCA) Program. Please see these Programs’ Information Sheets for details.]


Competition 3: MAPP - Characterizing and Anticipating U.S. Droughts’ Complex Interactions

Competition Number: 2808167

Manager(s):
Daniel Barrie   

In FY 2020, the MAPP program will continue to support NIDIS development via a new set of DTF activities that focus on emerging priorities. As climate and human systems evolve, the face of U.S. drought changes in ways that we don’t fully understand and anticipate. Droughts are triggering chains of complex interactions that involve natural and human systems. Some of these interactions may also affect the way drought itself evolves. For example, drought conditions can favor wildfire occurrence; in turn fire occurrence can affect snowpack and hydrology, and also air quality which in turn can affect clouds and precipitation. Long term surface temperature increases also importantly influences such processes. Drier land surface and decreased snowpacks can exacerbate droughts by triggering an array of Earth system processes.

 

MAPP Programmatic Webinar: The MAPP Program and its FY20 Competitions: https://youtu.be/ytLSiFoDYIA


Competition 4: MAPP - Modeling Climate Impacts on the Predictability of Fisheries and Other Living Marine Resources

Competition Number: 2808168

Manager(s):
Daniel Barrie   

In FY 2020, the Climate Program Office (CPO) MAPP Program in partnership with the NMFS Office of Science and Technology solicits proposals for research to improve the modeling of how climate impacts the predictability of fisheries and other living marine resources across timescales. [See the CVP and COCA programs solicitations Information Sheets for related research opportunities]. Proposals can focus on one or more of the Priority Areas A-C below:

A. Identify key climate/oceanic processes that affect ocean biogeochemistry of relevance to fisheries and other living marine resources in NMFS areas of interest across climate timescales. Proposals will use state-of-art models and observations to examine and identify dominant interactions that impact ocean dynamics and drive biogeochemical changes of key relevance to marine ecosystems, considering both local and remote factors.

B. Develop model metrics/diagnostics to evaluate models’ ability to represent processes underpinning climate-ocean linkages of key importance for the predictability of fisheries and other living marine resources. Metrics/diagnostics will be to: 1) accelerate model development/improvement; to this end proposers are encouraged to leverage the process-level diagnostics approach and framework of the MAPP Model Diagnostic Task Force and contribute new relevant metrics; and 2) inform uncertainty quantification and model suitability for the representation of processes as in Priority A (described above) and relevant NMFS applications (e.g. prediction, projection etc.).

B. Improve the modeling of climate-ocean predictability pathways and its representation in prediction/projection systems. This includes exploratory studies with improved/new predictions/projections methodologies, e.g., assessing the advantages of higher resolution, more complex process representation and larger ensembles for specific applications; considering the impacts on the representation of predictability sources from using improved/new data for the initialization of the predictions/projections.

MAPP Programmatic Webinar: The MAPP Program and its FY20 Competitions: https://youtu.be/ytLSiFoDYIA

 

 


Competition 5: MAPP - Constraining Models’ Climate Sensitivity

Competition Number: 2808175

Manager(s):
Annarita Mariotti   

In FY 2020, the OAR/Climate Program Office (CPO) MAPP Program solicits research investigations to constrain climate model sensitivity focusing on clouds, convection and aerosol processes and their role within the coupled Earth system, with the goal of reducing overall uncertainties in future climate projections.

Proposals can focus on one or more of the Priority Areas A-C below:

A. Assess climate model sensitivity and uncertainties associated with prescribed increases in GHG involving clouds, convection and aerosols in CMIP6 generation models. To this end, develop new/improved methodologies and integrate new understanding and data to improve our understanding and assessment of climate sensitivity, explaining differences in sensitivities among models and generations of models.

B. Define key process-level metrics/diagnostics using relevant observations to accelerate the improvement of models’ representation of processes as in Priority A. To this end proposers are encouraged to leverage the process-level diagnostics approach and framework of the MAPP Model Diagnostic Task Force and contribute new metrics to the software framework.

C. Use observations to develop direct and indirect constraints on models’ climate sensitivity and apply them to reduce model projections’ uncertainty focusing on temperature projections at the global and regional level, as feasible.

 

MAPP Programmatic Webinar: The MAPP Program and its FY20 Competitions: https://youtu.be/ytLSiFoDYIA


Competition 6: COM - Developing terrestrial-, marine-, and ice-atmospheric boundary layer datasets through collaborations between observations and modeling communities

Competition Number: 2808170

Manager(s):
Virginia Selz   

In FY20, the COM program is soliciting proposals that develop, or significantly improve upon, oceanic, atmospheric, sea-ice, and/or terrestrial, physical or biogeochemical datasets from existing observations that will advance modeling efforts (development/improvement, assessment, and/or performance evaluation) of the terrestrial-, marine-, or sea ice-atmosphere boundary layer (BL), advancing understanding and representation of the BL in models. Projects should promote collaboration and coordination between the observation and modeling communities and include at least one named collaborator with modeling expertise. Proposed dataset development should focus on at least one of the priority areas: (a) Explore and apply state-of-art techniques to upscale surface-based network data and point data for model use, (b) Integrate observations from different platforms for model use (e.g. in-situ, satellite), (c) Enable implementation of new metrics, such as process-based model diagnostics. Please see the information sheet for a detailed description of specific requirements.


Competition 7: Multi-program - Explaining Climate Extreme Events: Developing a Rapid Assessment Capability and Understanding the Causes and Mechanisms of Extreme Events

Competition Number: 2808169
 

Manager(s):
Daniel Barrie   

In FY20, a number of CPO programs (CVP, COM, Assessments) are collaborating to support research and development activities around the topic of explaining extreme events. Two types of research proposals are solicited under this effort: 1) small individual proposals that increase our process-based understanding of the climate mechanisms that influence particular extreme events, and 2) a large proposal that develops and tests a potential rapid event analysis and assessment capability. Proposed research for both types of proposals should focus on particular types of extreme events -- extreme heat or cold events, droughts, and/or marine extremes impacting the Nation’s blue economy, and should focus on the United States and outlying territories.


Competition 8: COCA Fisheries and Climate Program: Understanding Climate Impacts on Fish Stocks and Fisheries to Inform Sustainable Fisheries Management

Competition Number: 2808176

Manager(s):
Adrienne Antoine   

For FY20, COCA, in partnership with the NMFS Office of Science and Technology, is soliciting proposals for multidisciplinary projects to better understand the impacts of climate variability and change on marine ecosystems and implications for fish stocks, fisheries and the communities and economies that depend on them in the following Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs): California Current LME, Gulf of Alaska LME, Eastern Bering Sea LME, and Northeast U.S. Continental Shelf LME. Projects that cross LME boundaries (e..g Northeast and Southeast, Gulf of Alaska and Eastern Bering Sea, etc.) are welcome. [See the MAPP and CVP programs solicitations Information Sheets for related research opportunities].


Competition 9: NIDIS: Coping with Drought

Competition Number: 2808189

Manager(s):
Britt Parker   

For FY20, the Coping with Drought competition will be focused on research to improve our understanding and use of drought indicators, thresholds and triggers, and drought impact reporting to inform more deliberate and expanded decision-making to prepare for and respond to drought. Preference will be given to those proposals that focus on industry and economic sectors beyond agriculture (e.g. tourism and recreation, navigation, water utilities, manufacturing, ecosystem services, public health). For the purposes of this competition, drought indicators represent the variables or parameters used to describe drought conditions (e.g., precipitation, temperature, streamflow, groundwater or reservoir levels, soil moisture, snowpack), while triggers represent the actions taken at specific thresholds defined for those indicators guiding drought recognition and response (e.g., water restrictions, burn bans, activate state drought task force).


 

 

FY20 Coping with Drought Post-LOI Informational Webinar

Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2019

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FY20 Coping with Drought Informational Webinar

Date: Tuesday August 6, 2019
Time: 12:00p MDT

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FY20 Coping with Drought Informational Webinar

 

Competition 10: CEE: Evolving the Climate Resilience Ecosystem of Adaptation Service Providers

Competition Number: 2808171

Manager(s):
David Herring   

In FY20, the CPO/CEE Division seeks one non-profit organization to conduct and manage an annual competition for organizations to collaborate within the Resilience Ecosystem and to support projects that address recognized goals and gaps in the Resilience Ecosystem. The successful applicant will receive between $150,000 and $250,000 per year, for three years, aimed at improving collaboration of work, and scalability of tools and services, among a broad array of actors in the Resilience Ecosystem in five focus areas:

1. Tools and frameworks for enhancing discoverability and interoperability of online resources.

2. Expand, propagate, or scale resources, programs, or projects that effectively map or quantify exposure to climate-related hazards.

3. Enhance professional development to support efforts to adapt to or improve resilience to climate-related hazards.

4. Defining and measuring progress among climate adaptation and resilience-building projects, using the CRT’s Steps to Resilience framework as a point of reference.

5. Enhance the CRT’s Climate Explorer and/or other online mapping and graphing tools using open-source and open-access code.


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