Climate and Atmospheric Research

To develop the knowledge required to establish a predictive capability for short and long-term climate fluctuations and trends.

Examples of Funded Projects

(1) Numerical Weather Prediction using Global Weather Experiment data; (2) Prediction of Planetary Circulation; (3) Implementation of Sea Level Network in Indian Ocean; (4) Dynamical Forecast of El Nino/Southern Oscillation; and (5) Circulation of the S.W.

Tropical Pacific Ocean.

Agency - Department of Commerce

The Department of Commerce fosters and promotes the nation's economic development and technological advancement through vigilance in international trade policy, domestic business policy and growth, and promoting economic progress at all levels.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Program Accomplishments

In fiscal year 2005, approximately 65 new grants were awarded.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants may be used for research and development, advisory services, and operational systems as they relate to specific programs.

Specific restrictions, other than those mandated for grants, are evaluated on an individual grant or program basis.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Institutions of higher education, other nonprofits, commercial organizations, international organizations, state, local and Indian tribal governments.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Organizations and individuals with interests in meteorology, oceanography, and climate research and prediction.


Proposals with statement of work, estimated budget, and curriculum vitae. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular Nos. A-87 for State and local governments, A-21 for educational institutions, and A-122 for nonprofit organizations.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372 and OMB Circular No.


Application Procedures

Submit an electronic application to APPLY for financial assistance (SF 424) with statement of work to be performed and proposed amount. This program is subject to the requirements of OMB Circular No. A-110 and 15 CFR Part 24, "Grants and Cooperative Agreements with State and Local Governments," as applicable.

Award Procedures

Awards are made on the basis of peer review of proposals.




Federal Aviation Act, as amended, 49 U.S.C. 4720; 33 U.S.C. 883d; Weather Service Organic Act, 15 U.S.C. 2904; National Climate Program Act, as amended, 15 U.S.C. 2931-2934.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 100 to 200 days from time of proposal receipt.




By negotiation with Climate Program Office.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Cost Sharing is only required in one program element competition which is the NOAA Climate Transition Program (NCTP) where the Cost Share Percentage must be at least 5 percent of the total costs. The other competitions have no cost sharing requirement.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grant award period ranges one to five years with annual funding for one year.

Post Assistance Requirements


Annual performance and financial reports are required.

Final reports are due 90 days after expiration of award.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003); Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations; nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


Grantees expected to maintain complete records for each grant to insure funds are used for purpose for which grant was made.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $45,000,000; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$50,000 to $200,000. Average: $85,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Allowable cost will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular A-87 for State and local governments and Indian Tribes; OMB Circular A-122 for nonprofit and for- profit organizations; OMB Circular A-21 for institutions of higher education; and 48 CFR Part 31 for commercial organizations. Financial assistance management will be in accordance with 15 CFR Part 14 for institutions of higher education, hospitals, and other non-profit and commercial organizations, and with 15 CFR Part 24 for State and local governments.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Director, Climate Program Office, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1100 Wayne Avenue, Suite 1200, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Telephone: (301) 427-2089.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposals are subject to office and peer review process taking into consideration primarily scientific merit and application to office research goals. Principal investigators' qualifications and cost are also considered, with cost subject to negotiation.

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