Education,Training and Capacity Development for Weather, Water and Climate Forecasting (ETCD)

Funding Agency:
Department of Commerce

The ETCD Program’s goal is to improve performance of all operational meteorologists and hydrologists worldwide. Improving human performance for enhanced decision support services is done through collaborative training and education. ETCD is accomplished through collaboration between operational hydrologists/meteorologists, scientists and academic staff with expertise across a wide range of environmental, educational and social sciences. These activities engage operational hydrologists/meteorologists, researchers, instructors and students in applied training and simulation exercises which are pivotal to the operational climate, water and weather communities. The goal of improving performance is achieved through a Competency-based education and training program. By meeting the goal of ETCD, forecasts and warnings of environmental hazards will be improved.  

Deadline: May 20, 2016

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Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants must be academic institutions of higher learning which offer doctoral degrees in atmospheric sciences, or consortia of academic institutions of higher learning which offer doctoral degrees in atmospheric sciences. This restriction is needed because the results of the collaboration are to be incorporated into training and educational processes which ensure academic multidisciplinary peer review.

Since a goal of this announcement is to foster long-term collaborative interactions between a university consortia and operational hydrometeorological offices and service centers, a university consortia would need to select one PI for the proposal. Collaboration between the academic community and the government within the project is highly encouraged. In addition, collaboration with PIs at different universities or university consortia is permitted. The PI must have experience as a university professor or those with comparable qualifications with substantial documented involvement in the proposal. 



Amount Description

The total NOAA funding amount available for ETCD is anticipated to be approximately $4,000,000 to $6,500,000 per year or a total of $20,000,000 to $32,500,000 for the five-year period. There will be appropriation of some funds at the start of the award. NOAA anticipates making one award for the five year period and anticipates providing funds one or more times each year for the five years. NOAA has no obligation to provide additional funding in connection with that award in subsequent years. Funding for each subsequent year of a multi-year proposal is at the discretion of NOAA and is subject to the availability of funds. 

Funding Type





Curriculum Development
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

May 20, 2016