National Weather Service Collaborative Science, Technology, and Applied Research (CSTAR) Program
For this announcement, PIs are encouraged, but not required, to submit a pre-application by email in the form of a LOI for each planned project with deadline date Sept. 30, 2021. LOIs will be reviewed by the Program Office. All PIs will be notified through email whether a full proposal is encouraged or discouraged about 2 weeks after the LOI due date. Full applications will be encouraged only for LOIs deemed relevant to the program objectives and priorities specified in this announcement. Even though a proposal may be discouraged, a PI is not precluded from submitting a full proposal by deadline date Nov. 19, 2021.
Through the Collaborative Science, Technology, and Applied Research (CSTAR) Program, the NWS Office of Science and Technology Integration (OSTI) is soliciting proposals to conduct research and development activities. The CSTAR Program represents an NWS effort to create a cost-effective transition from basic and applied research to operations and services through collaborative research between operational forecasters and academic institutions which have expertise in the environmental, social and behavioral sciences. These activities will engage university researchers and students in applied research of interest to the operational meteorological community. The focus of this announcement is on research and development topics related to the improvement of weather, water, and climate services to historically underserved and socially vulnerable communities.