Hydrologic Research


To maintain a cooperative university/federal partnership to conduct joint research and development on pressing water science and hydrological issues common to National, regional, local operational offices, private consulting hydrologists, and academics.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Meteorological Services to Aviation, 49 U.S.C. 44720
Weather Service Organic Act, 15 U.S.C. 313
Statutory authorities with NOAA and the National Weather Services allowing for collaborative research supported by this program
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Not applicable. No opportunities anticipated.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Since the benefits of the overall program are for a reduction in loss of life and damage resulting from flooding and drought, and improved utilization of water supply and water dependent industries, benefits accrue from these projects to: (1) Federal agencies responsible to forecast, assess, manage, disperse, project economic conditions based on projections of water supply for agriculture and industry, and control water resources; (2) interstate commissions to control and allocate surface waters; (3) State agencies responsible for allocating and controlling water resources and for making projections for the use of water for industry and agriculture and for planning and developing infrastructure within the State that is impacted by rivers and lakes; (4) local agencies dependent on water for economic planning, emergency preparedness, and public water supply; (5) all businesses and industries depending all or in part upon surface water supplies or adequate water in lakes for recreation, in rivers to generate power, or in production or dispersion of products or who must take action in order to ameliorate damage during flood situations, (6) wildlife interests at all levels that are dependent upon water management for managing the environment; (7) homeowners or farmers who must plan for proper responses to flooding or inadequate water supply; and (8) academic institutions which are funded for programs dealing with the studies of hydrologic science.
No future funding opportunities anticipated.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. n/a
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 made on the basis of proposal evaluations and technical and administrative reviews. Proposal will be submitted to the NOAA Grants Management Division for review and approval. Cooperative activities and funding amounts are determined through an evaluation conducted in coordination with the Director of the Office of Water Prediction.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approval time is expected to range from 90 to 180 days, which includes processing of the award through the NWS and NOAA financial assistance functions.
Not applicable.
By negotiation, cooperative activities are normally continuing subject to the availability of funding for subsequent budget periods. 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?
Funds can be used to support research and development on issues related to the forecasting of surface hydrologic conditions. Specific restrictions, other than those mandated for grants, are evaluated on an individual grant or program basis. The program office may support non-competitive awards by direction from legislative language or unsolicited projects that are individually qualified.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Reports are due in accordance with the terms and conditions of the award. The Department's Financial Assistance Standard Terms and Conditions generally require that financial and performance reports be submitted quarterly or semiannually.
Not applicable.
Records will be retained in accordance with provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110 for institutions of higher education, other nonprofit organizations, and commercial organizations and in accordance with 15 CFR Part 24 for State and local governments.
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
Historically, multi-year awards were issued. No future awards are anticipated. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Quarterly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Sam Contorno
IWRSS National Water Center, 205 Hackberry Lane
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 US
Phone: (205) 347-1313
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 22$0.00; FY 23 est $0.00; FY 24 est $0.00; FY 21$9,659,989.00; - The NSCP has been discontinued under this listing.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No additional funding is available under this catalog number.
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
Not applicable.