$14,500,000 allocated for climate adaptation and mitigation; modelling, monitoring and projections

Document Type: Grants Notice Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-OAR-CPO-2013-2003445 Opportunity Category: Discretionary Posted Date: Aug 09, 2012 Closing date for applications: Nov 06, 2012 Archive Date: Dec 06, 2012 Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement Grant Category of Funding Activity: Science and…

Document Type: Grants Notice

Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-OAR-CPO-2013-2003445

Opportunity Category: Discretionary

Posted Date: Aug 09, 2012

Closing date for applications: Nov 06, 2012

Archive Date: Dec 06, 2012

Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement Grant

Category of Funding Activity: Science and Technology and other Research and Development

Expected Number of Awards: 100

Estimated Total Program Funding: $14,500,000

Award Ceiling: $200,000

Award Floor: $50,000

CFDA Number(s): 11.431 — Climate and Atmospheric Research

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No

Additional Information on Eligibility:

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. 

Agency Name

Department of Commerce

Description

Climate variability and change present society with significant economic, health, safety, and national security challenges. NOAA advances scientific and technical programs to help society cope with, and adapt to, today’s variations in climate and to prepare for tomorrow’s. Toward this end, the agency conducts and supports climate research, observations, modeling, information management, assessments, interdisciplinary decision support research, outreach, education, and stakeholder partnership development. These investments are key to NOAA’s mission of “Science, Service, and Stewardship” and are guided by the agency’s vision to create and sustain enhanced resilience in ecosystems, communities, and economies, as described in NOAA’s Next Generation Strategic Plan (NGSP; http://www.ppi.noaa.gov/ngsp/). The NGSP outlines NOAA’s five-year climate objectives: 1) Improved scientific understanding of the changing climate system and its impacts; 2) Assessments of current and future states of the climate system that identify potential impacts and inform science, service, and stewardship decisions; 3) Mitigation and adaptation choices supported by sustained, reliable, and timely climate services; and 4) A climate-literate public that understands its vulnerabilities to a changing climate and makes informed decisions. Achieving the first of the NGSP climate objectives, an improved scientific understanding of the changing climate system and its impacts, requires a number of core capabilities be supported. These core capabilities can be broadly categorized to include: ” Understanding and modeling ” Observing systems, data stewardship, and climate monitoring ” Predictions and projections ” Integrated service development and decision support These core capabilities, in turn, will focus initially on the following societal challenges identified in the NGSP as early evidence of progress to be made by NOAA in providing sustained, reliable, and timely climate services: ” Climate impacts on water resources ” Vulnerability of coasts and their resilience to climate impacts ” Sustainability of marine ecosystems ” Changes in extremes of weather and climate ” Information for mitigating climate change Each of the Competitions announced in this Federal Funding Opportunity addresses one or more of these core capabilities or societal challenges. It is expected that applications submitted in response to this Opportunity will identify their relevance to NOAA’s climate science and services by indicating which core capabilities and/or societal challenges will be addressed by the proposed work. In this connection, application abstracts must include a paragraph describing the work’s relevance to the NGSP’s long-term goal of climate adaptation and mitigation and most especially the work’s relevance to the Competition being targeted. We estimate that $14.5 million will be available through this Announcement in FY 2013 for approximately 115 new awards pending budget appropriations. It is anticipated that most awards will be at a funding level between $50,000 and $200,000 per year, with some exceptions for larger awards. Investigators are highly encouraged to visit the CPO website http://www.cpo.noaa.gov/opportunities for information prior to submitting applications.