Special Oceanic and Atmospheric Projects


To explore the Earth’s largely unknown oceans in all their dimensions for the purpose of discovery and the advancement of knowledge, using state of the art technologies in evolutionary and revolutionary ways within Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR).

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Commerce
Office: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009, Public Law 111-11.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
As stated in NOAA special announcements or applicable reports in support of NOAA's mission.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Organizations and individuals with interests in support of managing effectively the Nation's oceanic and atmospheric resources.
Proposals with statements of work and estimated budgets. Costs will be determined in accordance with applicable OMB Circulars. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
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. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Submit an electronic application to Grants.gov APPLY for financial assistance (SF 424) with statement of work to be performed and proposed amount. This program is subject to the requirements of OMB Circular No. A-110 and 15 CFR Part 24, "Grants and Cooperative Agreements with State and Local Governments," as applicable.
Award Procedure
Awards will be made on the basis of proposal evaluations, technical reviews, administrative reviews, and external reviews, if applicable.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 180 days from the time of proposal submission to NOAA/OAR.
None anticipated.
By negotiation with the OAR and subject to availability of funds.
How are proposals selected?
Proposals are subject to office evaluations, technical reviews, administrative reviews, and external reviews, if applicable, taking into consideration primarily scientific merit and application to the goals of NOAA and the Office of Oceans and Atmospheric Research.
How may assistance be used?
Cooperative agreements and grants may be used for research and development, education and training, and advisory services. They may also be used for operational systems as they relate to specific programs. Specific restrictions, other than those mandated for grants and cooperative agreements are evaluated on an individual program basis.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Financial and performance reports will be required quarterly at a minimum.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Recipients are expected to maintain complete records for each grant and/or cooperative agreement to ensure funds are used for the purpose for which the award was made.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
In accordance with the applicable NOAA Report or special NOAA announcement and in accordance with FARB approvals. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: In accordance with the applicable NOAA Report or special NOAA announcement and in accordance with FARB approvals.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. OAR, Laboratory, or Sea Grant offices, depending upon the particular program. 1335 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.
Headquarters Office
n/a Director, Ocean Exploration and Research, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 Phone: (301) 713-1010
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 11 $4,550,089; FY 12 est $4,287,156; and FY 13 est $1,250,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
NOAA Grants and Cooperative Agreements Policy Manual. Allowable cost will be determined in accordance with 2 CFR 225for State and local governments and Indian Tribes; 2 CFR 230 for nonprofit and for-profit organizations; 2 CFR 220 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.