NOAA’s Weather Program Office (WPO; formerly OWAQ, the Office of Weather and Air Quality) is accepting proposals for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) from August 12, 2020, through November 18, 2020.
View and apply to the funding opportunity here.
WPO’s FY21 NOFO is soliciting research toward improving weather, water, air quality, and earth-system modeling and observations, and social, behavioral, and economic science applications. Projects should focus on advancing science and technology from the research stage to transitionable outputs or prototype products that NOAA or external partners could further develop into practical applications and operations.
An Executive Summary of this notice can be found here.
The full notice can be accessed through the U.S. federal grants system here.
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The following three programs are accepting funding applications as part of this opportunity. Please click to the icon to learn more.
Joint Technology Transfer Initiative
Weather Observations Research
Federal employees are still unable to receive funding toward their salary. In FY21, federal contractors may not request funding toward their salary to perform work directly for their federal agency. Cooperative institute employees are eligible to receive funding for their salary.
Federal employees may not request funding for travel to conferences, workshops, etc. Federal employees may only request travel funding for project-critical travel for field work sites. No non-NOAA federal agencies/institutions may request funding as part of this opportunity.
Federal agencies may request funding for infrastructure support such as costs of hosting a non-NOAA team member, purchasing project-critical equipment, or travel for participants in a project-critical testbed activity. The sum of these costs must total no greater than 20% of the total project budget. Standard Cooperative Institute and Laboratory overhead costs at a pre-agreed upon rate do not count against the 20% maximum of federal costs.
Funding for testbed evaluations may include travel expenses for test subjects, such as NWS forecasters. However, after proposal selections are made, WPO will coordinate with NOAA testbed managers to evaluate the need for subjects to participate in upcoming planned testbed experiments. If multiple projects or other funding sources are expected to support a sufficient number of participants, then the requested amount of participant travel support may be negotiated downward for one or more projects.
The proposed project’s total costs must include all requested internal costs, including infrastructure, computing, equipment, and office space costs. If a NOAA federal institution is requesting any funding, the federal collaborator should submit a letter explicitly requesting the funding (one per collaborating institution requesting funding).
NOAA federal collaborators not requesting funding are no longer required to submit a letter of support. Instead, each collaborating federal institution should submit a signed Collaborator Acknowledgement Form (attached to the NOFO on grants.gov). If the proposed project intends to participate in a NOAA testbed at any point, then the local testbed manager is considered a collaborator and should submit a Collaborator Acknowledgement Form.
An expanded section on Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) is required for each proposal. Applicants should articulate how the proposed project furthers their institution’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. The purpose of this section is to encourage increased involvement in WPO’s research and development of a diverse range of participants. This may be accomplished through recruitment of a diverse team, partnerships with diverse and/or underrepresented institutions, identification of broad societal benefits, and any other initiatives that build the capacity of and materially foster a diverse and inclusive research team and environment..
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