Applied Meteorological Research

 

The Collaborative Science, Technology, and Applied Research (CSTAR) program from NOAA/NWS provides funding to the university community for highly collaborative applied research hydro-meteorological activities to create a cost-effective transition from basic and applied research to operations and services. The Hurricane Forecast Improvement (HFIP) Program provides funding to the university community for research projects to significantly improve guidance for hurricane track, intensity, and storm surge forecasts. The Next Generation Global Prediction System (NGGPS) program also provides funds to the university community for research aimed at developing a unified global modeling system to improve weather forecasting.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
11.468
Federal Agency/Office
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2019 Projects awarded through the CSTAR, HFIP, and NGGPS programs will lead to a deeper understanding of meteorological factors involved in the NWS warning and forecasting programs, which in turn, will benefit the U.S. public with more responsive warning and forecast programs.
Fiscal Year 2018 Projects awarded through the CSTAR, HFIP, and NGGPS programs will lead to a deeper understanding of meteorological factors involved in the NWS warning and forecasting programs, which in turn, will benefit the U.S. public with more responsive warning and forecast programs.
Fiscal Year 2017 Projects awarded through the CSTAR program will lead to a deeper understanding of meteorological factors involved in the NWS warning and forecasting programs, which in turn, will benefit the U.S. public with more responsive warning and forecast programs. The MSI program will engage in studies seeking to improve estimation of quantitative precipitation estimation used in hydrologic forecasts with algorithms derived from satellite data. Alert warning systems are being implemented in remote areas as a result of the ALERT program. Projects awarded through the CSTAR, HFIP, and NGGPS programs will lead to a deeper understanding of meteorological factors involved in the NWS warning and forecasting programs, which in turn, will benefit the U.S. public with more responsive warning and forecast programs.
Authorization
The Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017, 15 U.S.C. 313
The Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017, 49 U.S.C. 44720
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Institutions of higher education, federally funded educational institutions, and in some cases private organizations (profit and non-profit)
Beneficiary Eligibility
Institutions of higher education, federally funded educational institutions, and in some cases private organizations (profit and non-profit)
Credentials/Documentation
Proposals will be considered if applicants meet the qualifications listed in solicitations.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is not required for this listing. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. No preapplication coordination is required. However, since proposals must demonstrate high levels of collaboration with operational NWS components, it is recommended that applicants discuss potential interactions with relevant NWS operational personnel prior to submission. Consultation and assistance is available through the NWS program manager. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Proposals for new cooperative agreements are solicited with an announcement in the Federal Register or grants.gov. These announcements include specific information for proposal submission. All proposals are subject to the requirements of OMB Circular Nos. A-21 and A-110, as applicable. Standard Form 424 series, certification, and other related forms must accompany formal proposals. Detailed instructions are contained in solicitations. Applications will be submitted through the program manager to the NOAA Grants Management Division for review and approval. The Department of Commerce will review all projects before an award is executed by the NOAA Grants Officer.
Award Procedure
Awards are selected by the program office and are made on the basis of proposal evaluations and technical and administrative reviews.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days. Approval time is expected to be about four to six months, which includes processing the award through NWS, NOAA, and DOC financial assistance functions.
Appeals
Not applicable.
Renewals
Grants and cooperative agreements are approved on an annual basis, but may be continued beyond the first segment, subject to approved time frame and scope of work, satisfactory progress, and availability of funds. Renewal of an award to increase funding or extend the period of performance is at the sole discretion of the Department of Commerce.
How are proposals selected?
Selection criteria are announced within solicitations published in the Federal Register. Examples of criteria used in past solicitations included operational applicability, scientific merit, technology transfer and methodology, capability of researchers, and cost effectiveness.
How may assistance be used?
The funds are used by recipients for collaborative research described in proposals submitted and selected in response to calls for proposals from the program office or NOAA. The program office may support non-competitive awards in case specific instances or by direction from legislative language or unsolicited projects that are individually qualified.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Not applicable.
Auditing
Not applicable.
Records
Financial records and supporting documents and all other records, i.e., property, performance work products, etc., pertinent to the agreement shall be maintained in accordance with the provisions of 15 CFR 14.53 as applicable.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awards are for a 12-36 month period, although only one year is funded at a time. Out-years are funded based on availability of funds and adequate progress. Funds are disbursed through the U.S. Treasury Payment System. One year funded at a time.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
N/A.
Headquarters Office
Christopher Hedge

1325 East-West Highway
SSMC2, Room 15440


"ALERT Program Craig Hodan 1325 East-West Highway SSMC2, Room 3348, Mailcode W/OPS17 Silver Spring, MD 20910. Telephone: (301) 713-9480 x187.
Email: craig.hodan@noaa.gov
"

Silver Spring, MD 20910 US
Phone: 301-427-9242
Website Address
http://www.noaa.nws.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
13-1450-0-1-306
Obligations
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18 est $5,200,000.00; FY 17 est $6,250,112.00; FY 19 est $5,200,000.00;
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$75,000 to $250,000 Average: $180,000
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Allowable cost will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular A-87 for State and local governments and Indian Tribes; OMB Circular A-122 for nonprofit and for-profit organizations; OMB Circular A-21 for institutions of higher education; and 48 CFR Part 31 for commercial organizations. Financial assistance management will be in accordance with 15 CFR Part 14 for institutions of higher education, hospitals, and other non-profit and commercial organizations, and with 15 CFR Part 24 for State and local governments.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017 Available on NOAA VLab CSTAR Community