FY 2018 – 2020 - Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)

Funding Agency:
Department of Commerce

 This notice is not a mechanism to fund existing NOAA awards. The purpose of this notice is to request applications for special projects and programs associated with NOAA's strategic plan and mission goals, as well as to provide the general public with information and guidelines on how NOAA will select applications and administer discretionary Federal assistance under this Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). 

This Broad Agency Announcement is a mechanism to encourage research, education and outreach, innovative projects, or sponsorships that are not addressed through NOAA’s competitive discretionary programs. This announcement is not soliciting goods or services for the direct benefit of NOAA. Funding for activities described in this notice is contingent upon the availability of Fiscal Year 2018, Fiscal Year 2019, and Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations. Applicants are hereby given notice that funds have not yet been appropriated for any activities described in this notice. Publication of this announcement does not oblige NOAA to review an application beyond an initial administrative review, or to award any specific project, or to obligate any available funds.

Applications must be submitted to Grants.gov up to 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time September 30, 2020. Applications received after this time will not be reviewed or considered for funding. 

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

In furtherance of this objective, NOAA issues this BAA for extramural research, innovative projects, and sponsorships (e.g., conferences, newsletters etc.) that address one or more of the following four mission goal descriptions contained in the NOAA Strategic Plan:

  • Long-term mission goal: Climate Adaptation and Mitigation
  • Long-term mission goal: Weather-Ready Nation
  • Long-term mission goal: Healthy Oceans
  • Long-term Mission goal: Resilient Coastal Communities and Economies

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants may be institutions of higher education, nonprofits, commercial organizations, international or foreign organizations or governments, individuals, state, local and Indian Tribal governments. Eligibility also depends on the statutory authority that permits NOAA to fund the proposed activity. 

Funding Type





Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

September 30, 2020