NOAA -- Weather Program Office Data Assimilation Consortium

Funding Agency:
Department of Commerce

The NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) Weather Program Office (WPO) Data Assimilation (DA) Consortium Competition is soliciting collaborative proposals from this notification valued at a total of approximately $7 million over three years beginning in FY2024 primarily to (1) establish a multi-university consortium to advance DA research and education, and (2) develop a long-term strategic partnership between the consortium, NOAA, and the broader weather enterprise in advancing DA methodology to improve numerical weather predictions using the Unified Forecast System (UFS).

In alignment with the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (Public Law 117-169) Sec. 40004 Oceanic and Atmospheric Research and Forecasting for Weather and Climate, this opportunity will allow NOAA to accelerate advances and improvements in research, observation systems, modeling, forecasting, and assessments as it pertains to ocean and atmospheric processes related to weather, coasts, oceans, and climate. Also, in alignment with the Weather Forecasting and Innovation Act of 2017 (Public Law 115-25), this funding opportunity will allow NOAA to support new weather, water, and earth system observing and forecasting applications, including improved analysis techniques. In particular, projects are sought that are responsive to the Priorities for Weather Research (PWR) Report ( Data Assimilation (DA) Priority Area 1: Use and Assimilation of Existing Observations, Priority Area 2: Advanced Data Assimilation Methods, Capabilities and Workforce, and Priority Area 3: Observation Gaps and Use and Assimilation of New Observations.

Deadline: Oct. 13, 2023

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Areas of Interest



Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants are: - U.S. institutions of higher education; - U.S. non-profit organizations (excluding Federally Funded Research and Development Centers, FFRDCs).

Amount Description

See solicitation for details

Funding Type





Curriculum Development
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

October 13, 2023