In pursuit of its vision and mission, WPO works closely with the National Weather Service (NWS) and other partners to help develop and transition weather research, including hurricanes, severe thunderstorms, heavy precipitation, and air pollution. Additionally, WPO supports social science to learn how to deal with the uncertainties weather presents and to inform its engagement and communication with researchers, funders, and the public.
WPO supports the majority of its competitively-funded research through an annual Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). The NOFO contains information about which WPO research programs are actively soliciting proposals, and the ground rules and key deadlines for each funding competition. Since the number of competitions within the NOFO, funding availability for each program, and guidelines for proposals change from year to year, it is important for all potential applicants to carefully read the entire notice and its instructions for completing and submitting proposals.
Research selected and funded by WPO should promote a diverse and inclusive research environment and support and foster collaborations — within NOAA’s research laboratories and across the weather enterprise (i.e., NOAA, other Federal agencies and entities, state and local governments, academia, and the private sector). This coordination will include:
1) developing engagement mechanisms with the U.S. private weather industry;
2) enhancing two-way collaboration, coordination, and feedback between operations and research to accelerate the pace of capability improvements;
3) supporting community modeling efforts beneficial to both operational support and research questions; and
4) guiding collaborative efforts to include both operational and research priorities in planning phases.