Climate Program Office 2020

Funding Agency:
Department of Commerce

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.

Climate variability and change present society with significant economic, health, safety, and security challenges and opportunities. In meeting these challenges, and as part of NOAA’s climate portfolio within the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), the Climate Program Office (CPO) advances scientific understanding, monitoring, and prediction of climate and its impacts, to enable effective decisions through investments at NOAA labs, service lines and Cooperative Institutes, as well as non-governmental organizations, the private sector and the university community. 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.

Within this context, 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 our understanding of the Earth’s climate system,and to foster the application and use of this knowledge to improve the resilience of our Nation and its partners. CPO supports research that is conducted across the United States and internationally. CPO also provides strategic guidance for the agency’s broader climate science and services programs and supports NOAA’s mandated responsibilities under the National Climate Program Act, Global Change Research Act and its National Climate Assessment, the National Integrated Drought Information System Act, and similar international endeavors such as the Global Framework for Climate Services. CPO’s climate research portfolio is designed to achieve a fully integrated research and applications program. 

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. We work towards this objective of integration through a focus on climate intelligence and climate resilience, in support of NOAA’s goals.


  • Letters of intent (LOIs) for all competitions should be received by email by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Aug. 23, 2019
  • Full applications for all competitions must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Oct. 28, 2019

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Areas of Interest

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 FY 2019. Prior to submitting applications, investigators are highly encouraged to learn more about CPO and its programs, as well as specific program priorities for FY 2019. In addition, interactions, partnerships, or collaborations with NOAA Laboratories and Cooperative Institutes are encouraged.

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

Climate and Societal Interactions (CSI):

8. Coastal and Ocean Climate Applications (COCA) Fisheries and Climate Program: Understanding Climate Impacts on Fish Stocks and Fisheries to Inform Sustainable Fisheries Management

National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS):

9. Coping with Drought

Communication, Education Engagement (CEE):

10. Evolving the Climate Resilience Ecosystem of Adaptation Service Providers 

Eligibility Requirements

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. 

Amount Description

In FY20, approximately $ 13.5 million will be available for approximately 90 new awards pending budget appropriations (see section I.B above). 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.

Funding Type





Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

October 28, 2019