NOAA Weather and Air Quality Research

Sponsor Deadline: 

Nov 17, 2021

Letter of Intent Deadline: 

Sep 14, 2021


Commerce National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admin. Weather Program Office

UI Contact: 

FY2022 Weather Program Office Research Programs
Strongly encouraged to submit LOI no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on September 14, 2021.

NOAA’s Weather Program Office (WPO; formerly OWAQ, the Office of Weather and Air Quality) is soliciting proposals for weather, atmospheric composition, and earth system modeling and observations research reflecting multiple science objectives spanning time scales from hours to seasons, and from weather and water observations and earth system modeling to fire weather and social, behavioral, and economic science. There will be six grant competitions from this notification valued at approximately $16,500,000 per year as follows: 1) Fire Weather & Atmospheric Composition (FWAC), 2) Climate Testbed (CTB), 3) Weather Testbeds, 4) Joint Technology Transfer Initiative (JTTI), 5) Subseasonal-to-Seasonal (S2S) , and 6) Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment in the United States (VORTEX-USA).

In alignment with the Weather Forecasting and Innovation Act, the funded projects should improve the weather community’s understanding and ultimately its services of weather and water forecasting through engagement with the external scientific community on key science gaps of mutual interest. Through this funding opportunity, NOAA will support new weather, water, climate, earth system, and air quality observing and forecasting applications, including improved analysis techniques, better statistical or dynamic forecast models and techniques, and communication of that information to better inform the public. Forecast model improvements must focus on developing the Unified Forecast System (UFS), with an aim towards addressing forecaster priorities.