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

Funding Agency:
Department of Commerce

The Regional Integrated Science and Assessments (RISA) Program resides in the Climate Program Office’s (CPO) Climate and Societal Interactions Division (CSI). CSI has traditionally been a home for high-impact science, catalyzing some of the earliest U.S. government investments in regionally scaled, societally relevant, interdisciplinary climate research and engagement focused on reducing vulnerability and risk through the use of climate knowledge and information. Today, CSI continues to work with partners to enhance community and national resilience in the face of climatic changes, through research and engagement activities designed to connect innovative science directly to complex and dynamic preparedness, adaptation and resilience challenges. Programs managed by CSI are a key component of NOAA’s cutting-edge research enterprise, which has evolved over time to include the private sector, NGOs, interdisciplinary teams and the social sciences at large. Moving forward, the CSI Division is reorganizing to include the new Adaptation Science Program as well as continuing to support the RISA Program, in order to streamline, expand and build upon past investments, and address cutting-edge topics in adaptation science - a critical cornerstone to a more resilient future.

The RISA program supports the development of knowledge, expertise, and abilities of decisionmakers to plan and prepare for climate variability and change. Through regionally-focused and interdisciplinary research and engagement teams, RISA builds and expands the Nation's capacity to adapt and become resilient to extreme weather events and climate change. RISA teams accomplish this through co-developed applied research and partnerships with public and private communities.

The RISA program is holding two competitions under this Federal Funding Opportunity:

1. Competition for one RISA team in each of the following nine regions with existing RISA activities: Northeast, MidAtlantic, Intermountain West, Carolinas, Great Lakes, Alaska, Pacific Islands, South Central, and Pacific Northwest

2. Competition for collaborative planning activities in the Southeast and the U.S. Caribbean


  • Letters of Intent: Dec. 9, 2020
  • Full applications: Feb. 8, 2021

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education, other nonprofits, commercial organizations, international organizations, and state, local and Indian tribal governments. Federal agencies or institutions are not eligible to receive Federal assistance under this notice.

Amount Description

1. Proposals being solicited for a RISA team award, should be in the $600,000 - $700,000/year range for core RISA work. For proposals including a sustained assessment specialist Supplement, applicants can propose an additional $100,000-$135,000/year for accompanying sustained assessment specialists components. For proposals including a small-grants competition supplement, applicants can propose up to an additional $160,000 total to support the competition.

2. For proposals being solicited for collaborative planning activities for the Southeast and U.S. Caribbean, awards will be at a funding level of up to $100,000 total per award for projects up to one year in duration.

Funding Type





Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

February 8, 2021