FY 2018 Joint Technology Transfer Initiative

Funding Agency:
Department of Commerce

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) Office of Weather and Air Quality (OWAQ) is seeking proposals to develop and test potential new weather technologies for possible transition into NWS operations through the Joint Technology Transfer Initiative (JTTI). As described in the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017 (P.L. 115-25), the JTTI ensures continuous development and transition of the latest scientific and technological advances into operations of the NWS. The scope of this FFO has several themes: advancing data assimilation of new observations and data assimilation techniques for convective-scale weather prediction, improving water prediction capabilities through enhancements to National Water Model, improving subseasonal scale prediction of Arctic sea ice, and communicating uncertainty in weather forecasts.

Through this announcement, OAR is seeking proposals to support further development and evaluation of weather research that has the potential for improving operational forecasting capabilities across the U.S. weather enterprise, particularly NOAA, in the areas of advancing data assimilation of new observations and data assimilation techniques for convective-scale weather prediction, improving water prediction capabilities through enhancements to National Water Model, improving daily to subseasonal scale prediction of Arctic sea ice, and communicating uncertainty in weather forecasts. Toward that end, research projects that use datasets, models, observations, and other weather-related technologies that are openly available to the weather enterprise are strongly encouraged. Applicants are encouraged to visit the NWS website (http://www.weather.gov/) to learn more about the NWS current capabilities ((http://www.emc.ncep.noaa.gov/mmb/.php),( https://nosc.noaa.gov/), (http://www.dtcenter.org/eval/data_assim/)) and future plans (http://nws.noaa.gov/sp/). This FFO does not include projects associated with improving global modeling that are covered under NOAA-NWS-NWSPO-2018-2005325.

Deadlines:

  • Letters of Intent: Feb. 19, 2018
  • Full Applications: Apr. 9, 2018

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education; other nonprofit organizations; and commercial organizations. Commercial organizations are not allowed to make profit (that is, increments above cost) on these awards.

Amount

$300,000

Amount Description

In FY 2018, approximately $2,000,000 will be available to fund 7-13 new projects. The anticipated range of funding per proposal per year is approximately $150,000 to $300,000. Funding of any proposals is contingent upon availability of these funds.

Funding Type

Grant

Eligibility

Faculty

Category

Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

April 9, 2018