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Round 3 of Research to Operations Initiative: NOAA Testbeds
This program announcement is for projects to be conducted for a two-year period with an anticipated start date of September 1, 2018 unless otherwise directed. All public or private sources may submit to this Federal Funding Opportunity; however, partnering with universities is highly encouraged. Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education; other nonprofits; commercial organizations; state, local and Indian tribal governments; and Federal agencies.
Applicants for this opportunity must work in partnership with NOAA testbeds and proving grounds (listed under www.testbeds.noaa.gov). NOAA's testbeds and proving grounds facilitate the orderly transition of research capabilities to operational implementation through development testing in testbeds, and pre-deployment testing and operational readiness/suitability evaluation in operational proving grounds.
The purpose of the NOAA Research to Operations (R2O) Initiative is to expand and accelerate critical weather forecasting research to operations to address growing service demands and increase the accuracy of weather forecasts. This will be achieved through: (1) accelerated development and implementation of improved global weather prediction models and inclusion of the coupling among atmosphere, ocean, land surface and ice system components; (2) improved data assimilation techniques; (3) nested regional prediction capabilities; (4) improved hurricane and tropical cyclone modeling techniques; (5) improved ensemble techniques; (6) postprocessing forecast tools and techniques; and (7) improved software architecture and system engineering.
The NOAA R2O Initiative is soliciting proposals for projects involving applied science, modeling and/or data assimilation that support development of effective assimilation for environmental observations at global and regional scales and hurricane and other high-impact weather forecast models that meet societal requirements to effectively mitigate economic disruption. This notice provides guidelines for submission of proposals. This notice also describes opportunities and application procedures to demonstrate capabilities that have the potential to be incorporated into operational NWS numerical weather prediction (NWP) analyses and forecasts. The R2O initiative addresses NOAA's Weather Ready Nation (WRN) strategic goal and supporting objectives
- Required Letter of Intent: Dec. 13, 2017
- Full Application: February 7, 2018
All public or private sources may submit to this Federal Funding Opportunity; however, partnering with universities is highly encouraged. Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education; other nonprofits; commercial organizations; state, local and Indian tribal governments; and Federal agencies. Applicants for this opportunity must work in partnership with NOAA testbeds and proving grounds (listed under www.testbeds.noaa.gov). An eligible organization may submit more than one application (from different principal investigators per II.A).
The total funding amount available for all proposals is anticipated to be approximately $1,000,000. Funding is subject to availability. The maximum award that can be requested is $200,000 total cost per year per proposal. Proposals over $200,000 per year will be returned to the applicant and rejected. Individual award amounts are expected to range from $100,000 to $200,000 per year with a maximum funding request of two years. Funding amounts (including renewal amounts) and duration are subject to change based on budgetary and performance considerations. Only one proposal per principal investigator at a given institution may be funded. The Federal Program Officer can reduce, in consultation with the R2O Project Officer, the amount allocated for any award due to budgetary or programmatic considerations. Some proposals that have not been selected for funding under this announcement of opportunity may be asked to resubmit their applications via grants.gov to other competitive NOAA funding opportunities.