Climate Program Office (CPO), Earth System Science and Modeling Research in support of the Disaster

Funding Agency:
Department of Commerce

Climate variability and change present society with significant economic, health, safety, and security challenges. As part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) climate portfolio within the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), Climate Program Office (CPO), the Earth System Science and Modeling (ESSM) Division programs address climate challenges by managing competitive research programs that support high-priority science initiatives. CPO/ESSM Programs advance our understanding of the Earth’s climate system and foster the application and use of this knowledge to improve the resilience of our Nation and its partners. Through this announcement, CPO/ESSM is seeking applications for two individual competitions in FY23.

These competitions solicit projects in response to the DISASTER RELIEF SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT (DRSA), 2022:“Improvements to … precipitation and flood prediction, forecasting, and mitigation capabilities…” ( that align with the goals of NOAA’s Precipitation Prediction Grand Challenge Strategy 2020- 2030 (PPGC). ( 1030.pdf). NOAA’s PPGC initiative is aimed at providing more accurate, reliable, and timely precipitation forecasts across timescales from weather to subseasonal-to-seasonal (S2S) to seasonal-to-decadal (S2D) through the development and application of a fully coupled Earth system prediction model.

The two competitions covered by this announcement are as follows:

- COM: Research to Improve Precipitation Analysis Datasets

- CVP: Identify and understand key land-atmosphere processes that influence coupled-model precipitation biases in the continental United States.


  • Letter of Intent: Oct. 31, 2022
  • Full Applications: Jan. 26, 2023

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Eligibility Requirements

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

Amount Description

In FY23, approximately $2.3 million will be available for approximately 5 new awards pending budget appropriations (see section I.B above). It is anticipated that most awards will be at a funding level between $125,000 and $250,000 per year with exceptions for larger awards, unless otherwise noted below. 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

January 26, 2023