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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits, IHEs,
Businesses, and Agencies for Research on Climate Change

Climate Program Office FY2022

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U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) - Climate Program Office (CPO)

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10/18/21 5:00 PM Eastern Time


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Grants to USA, Canada, and International nonprofits, IHEs, commercial organizations, and state, local, and tribal governments for research projects related to climate systems and climate change. Required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support competitive research through eight separate competitions.

Through this announcement, CPO is seeking applications for eight individual competitions in FY22. Several of these competitions are relevant to four high-priority climate risk areas CPO is focusing on to improve science understanding and/or capabilities that result in user-driven outcomes: Coastal Inundation, Marine Ecosystems, Water Resources, and Extreme Heat.

More information about CPO’s Climate Risk Areas Initiative can be found here: Prior to submitting applications, investigators are highly encouraged to learn more about CPO and its programs, as well as specific program priorities for FY22. In addition, interactions, partnerships, or collaborations with NOAA Laboratories and Cooperative Institutes are encouraged.

The eight competitions covered by this announcement are as follows:

  • AC4: Fire and smoke at the wildland-urban interface
  • OAR/CPO/CVP - NWS/OSTI/Modeling Division - Joint Competition to Advance Process Understanding and Representation of Precipitation in Models (short name: “CVP/OSTI Joint Competition”)
  • CVP - Observation and Modeling Studies in Support of Tropical Pacific Process Studies, Pre-Field-II -
  • COM/MAPP/CSI programs (Multi-program): Improving climate understanding and information for marine sanctuary management planning
  • ERB: Atmospheric aerosols and their potential roles in solar climate intervention methods
  • CEE: Climate-Smart Communities Initiative
  • NIDIS CWD: Ecological Drought
  • NIDIS CWD: Building Tribal Drought Resilience

For details on each of the competitions, see URL for Full Text (RFP) and page 6 of the NOFO in Attached Files, below. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 184224

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1. AC4 - Fire and smoke at the wildland-urban interface. Proposals should budget for no more than $750,000 total over 3 years.

2. OAR/CPO/CVP - NWS/OSTI/Modeling Division - CVP - between $200,000 and $300,000 per year for three years. NWS/OSTI/Modeling Division - between $100,000 and $250,000 per year for 2 or 3 years.

3.CVP - Observation and Modeling Studies in Support of Tropical Pacific Process Studies, Pre-Field-II- between $150,000 and $300,000 per year for three years.

4. COM/MAPP/CSI - $100,000 to $175,000 per year, depending on project scope (A-E), for up to three years.

5. ERB - Proposals should budget for no more than $750,000 total over 3 years.

6. CEE - N/A

7. NIDIS Coping with Drought: Ecological Drought - up to $600,000 to be expended over two years in the form of Cooperative Agreements.

8. NIDIS Coping with Drought: Building Tribal Drought Resilience - Proposals may request funding of up to $500,000 to be expended over two years in the form of Cooperative Agreements.

Term of Contract:

1. AC4 Projects are expected to last 2-3 years.
2.OAR/CPO/CVP - NWS/OSTI/Modeling Division: 2-3 years.
3. CVP - Observation and Modeling Studies in Support of Tropical Pacific Process Studies, Pre-Field-II: 3 years
4. COM/MAPP/CSI - 2-3 years
5. ERB - 2-3 years
6. CEE - 4 years
7. NIDIS Coping with Drought: Ecological Drought - up to 2 years
8. NIDIS Coping with Drought: Building Tribal Drought Resilience - up to 2 years

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education, other nonprofits, commercial organizations, international organizations, and state, local and Indian tribal governments.

For “CVP/OSTI Joint Competition - Focus Area B” and for the “CEE/Climate-Smart Communities Initiative (CSCI)” competition, applicants are limited to U.S.-based eligible applicants. The CEE/CSCI competition is limited to institutions of higher learning, other non-profits, and commercial organizations.

Federal agencies or institutions are not eligible to receive Federal assistance under this notice.

Fees and profits are disallowed.

Pre-Application Information:

Letters of intent (LOIs) should be received by email by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on August 9, 2021.
Full applications for all competitions must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, on October 18, 2021.

The purpose of the LOI process is to provide information to potential applicants on the relevance of their proposed project to the competition in advance of preparing a full application. Full applications will be encouraged only for LOIs deemed relevant. Applicants who have not been encouraged may still submit a full application. While LOIs are strongly encouraged, applicants are not required to submit them and may submit a full application even if they have not submitted an LOI.

A response to the LOI from the Competition Manager (e-mail or letter) will be sent to the investigator within four weeks after the LOI’s due date encouraging or discouraging a full application based on its relevance to the targeted competition.

All applications must have a DUNS (Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System) number when applying for federal grants. No application is deemed complete without the DUNS number, and only the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) may grant exceptions.

In order to submit an application through, an applicant must register for a user ID and password. Note that this process can take between three to five business days or as long as four weeks if all steps are not completed correctly. To avoid delays, applicants are strongly encouraged to start early and not wait until the approaching application deadline before registering, logging in, reviewing the application instructions, and applying.

Please note that organizations already registered with do not need to re-register; however, all registered organizations must keep their password and SAM database (which now incorporates CCR) registration up-to-date or their applications will not be accepted by


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FY22 Coping With Drought: Ecological Drought Informational Webinar Summary Video:

FY22 Coping With Drought: Tribal Drought Resilience Informational Webinar Summary Video:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Diane Brown, CPO Grants Manager
NOAA Climate Program Office (R/CP1), SSMC3, Room 12734
1315 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Monika Kopacz: Competitions 1

Sandy Lucas, Competition 2 and 3

Virginia Selz, Competition 4

Gregory Frost, Competition 5

David Herring, Competition 6

Britt Parker, Competition 7 and 8

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USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;


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