NOAA’s Weather Program Office (WPO) is soliciting proposals for four (4) grant competitions, valued at approximately $13.5 million per year. For the first time, WPO is offering the Innovations for Community Modeling Competition, integrating four of its Programs: Joint Technology Transfer Initiative (JTTI), Earth Prediction Innovation Center (EPIC), Subseasonal to seasonal (S2S) and Atmospheric Composition (AC).
Innovation for Community Modeling Competition
The competition will award approximately $5.0 M in total award funding per year. It is expected to fund 10-15 projects with a maximum funding limit of $500K per year.
Proposals will be accepted in three program areas:
To qualify as innovative, proposals submitted to the Innovations for Community Modeling Competition must focus on substantially new approaches.
Model developments should focus on the Unified Forecast System (UFS) of the future.
WPO is seeking projects that are high-risk proof-of-concept ideas, as well as larger collaborative proposals, that will help NOAA’s vision and mission, towards advancing the UFS, to become the most accurate and reliable operational modeling system in the world.
The complete roster of WPO FY2023 competitions are:
Projects should focus on advancing science and technology from the research stage, to transitionable outputs or prototype products, that NOAA or external partners could further develop into practical applications and operation, for societal benefit.