NOAA Climate Program Office’s Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) Program

Funding Agency:
Department of Commerce

The NOAA Climate Program Office’s (CPO) Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program supports research teams that conduct innovative, interdisciplinary, user-inspired, and regionally relevant research that informs resource management and public policy. CPO funds a network of RISA teams across the United States (US) and Pacific Islands, which are a model for interdisciplinary science and assessment.

NOAA’s RISA program is overseen by CPO’s Climate and Societal Interactions (CSI) division. CSI’s mission is to inform improvements in resilience and preparedness in diverse socioeconomic regions and sectors throughout the US and abroad through the use of climate knowledge and information. Our research advances the nation’s understanding of climate-related risks and vulnerabilities across sectors and regions, and the development of tools to foster more informed decision making. These efforts support NOAA's vision to create and sustain enhanced resilience in ecosystems, communities, and economies. In addition to RISA, CSI’s programs include the International Research and Applications Project (IRAP), the Sectoral Applications Research Program (SARP), and the Coastal and Ocean Climate Applications program (COCA). 

CSI is also an active partner with NOAA efforts to provide integrated regional climate services. This partnership brings together NOAA Regional Climate Services Directors (RCSDs), other NOAA offices, and close external partners such as RISA teams, Regional Climate Centers, State Climatologists, and Sea Grant to help make climate information relevant and accessible to people across the US. NOAA seeks to marshal climate assets and partners towards the common goal of assessing regional needs and vulnerabilities and then supporting the development and delivery of timely climate services that aid adaptation and mitigation choices. 

RISA and CSI activities address the societal challenges identified in NOAA’s Next-Generation Strategic Plan (NGSP): i) climate impacts on water resources; ii) coasts and climate resilience; iii) sustainability of marine ecosystems; and iv) changes in the extremes of weather and climate. These efforts support NOAA’s vision to create and sustain enhanced resilience in ecosystems, communities, and economies, as outlined in the NGSP. 


  • Letters of Intent: Nov. 29, 2016
  • Full applications: Feb. 6, 2017

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

In FY 2017, RISA is holding two competitions for research funding focused on three geographies. We are soliciting proposals for: 1) Competition 1: a RISA team focused on the Arizona/New Mexico region of the US; and 2) Competition 2: a RISA team focused on either the California/Nevada region of the US or on the Midwestern region of the US. We estimate that $3- $3.5 million over five years will be available for each competition, pending available funding and budget appropriations. Awards will be at a funding level of $600,000-$700,000 per year for up to 5 years.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education, other nonprofits, commercial organizations, international organizations, and state, local and Indian tribal governments. Federal lead investigators who wish to apply to this Announcement of Opportunity must prepare a proposal according to the FFO guidelines and submit the proposal to the program manager directly, instead of to Federal co-investigators must submit a proposal identical to the proposal lead's but with personalized budget information. 



Funding Type





Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

February 6, 2017