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WPO offers “Innovations for Community Modeling Competition” with FY2023 Grants

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: 

  1. Numerical Weather Prediction Capabilities
  2. Western States Hydrology
  3. Fire Weather Subseasonal-to-Seasonal Forecasting.


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

  • Innovations for Community Modeling 
  • Observations 
  • Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBES)
  • Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment in the United States (VORTEX-USA; inclusive of VORTEX-Southeast)


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. 


  • Letters of Intent must be submitted by 5pm ET on Thurs Sept 15, 2022.
  • Full applications must be received by 5pm ET on Thurs Nov 17, 2022.
  • Award decisions are expected in April 2023.


Read the Notice of Funding Opportunity and view the Grant Notice, at Grants.Gov.