Ocean and Coastal Carbon Observing Optimization Studies

Funding Agency:
Department of Commerce

The NOAA Ocean Acidification Program (OAP), in
partnership with the Global Ocean Monitoring and Observing (GOMO) Program is soliciting
proposals to optimize sampling strategies that improve carbonate chemistry observing systems
co-developed with an observing data product end user that can inform real-time data delivery and
forecasting of ocean acidification relevant parameters. The optimization design should be geared
towards delivering the data needed to support the end user's specific decision support needs.
Funding is contingent upon the availability of Federal appropriations.

The mission of the Global Ocean Monitoring and Observing (GOMO) Program within
NOAA and OAR is to undertake research and monitoring activities to provide and support
high quality global ocean observations that improve scientific understanding, monitor
changes in the global oceans, and improve ocean knowledge and services for a range of
climate, weather, ocean, and coastal needs. The strategic goals of GOMO include developing
a sustained global ocean monitoring and observing system; harnessing innovative
technologies to improve and expand the ocean observing system to address emerging needs
and opportunities for ocean health, ocean economy, weather and climate; improving the
value, accessibility, and usability of observational data for informed decision-making; and
increasing the expertise, diversity and capacity of the ocean observing enterprise. To achieve
these goals, GOMO supports interdisciplinary earth-system research and coordinated
activities to improve understanding and monitoring of ocean physical, chemical, and marine
ecological features. GOMO coordinates ocean monitoring and observing research with other
appropriate intergovernmental, national, and international ocean science and observing

Deadline: March 17, 2024

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

Applicants must choose ONLY one of the following three project options:

  • Option 1.a.: Observing System Optimization Study (U.S.)
  • Option 1.b.: Observing System Optimization Study (Global)
  • Option 2: Regional Field Intensive

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants for Federal financial assistance in this competition are institutions of higher education, other non-profits, state, local, Indian Tribal Governments, for-profit organizations, U.S. Territories and Federal agencies that possess the statutory authority to receive transfers of funds. DOC/NOAA supports cultural and gender diversity and encourages applications involving women and minority individuals and groups.

Amount Description

Total funding for this research: Applicants should submit proposals not to exceed $500,000 per year for projects generally 2-3 years in duration, with a total multi-year budget not to exceed $1,500,000 (Option 1.a.: Up to $350,000 per year for three years; Option 1.b.: Up to $200,000 per year for three years; Option 2: Up to $500,000 per year for three years). Should funds become available for this program, up to approximately $4,000,000 may be available in Fiscal Year 2024 for the first year. We anticipate funding 2-5 projects with expected start dates of September 1, 2024. Funding for this program is contingent upon availability of funds, which have not been appropriated at the time of this announcement.

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

March 17, 2024