Environmental Sciences, Applications, Data, and Education

To advance and promote applied research, data assimilation and management, technology development, and education in environmental science.

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS), University of Wisconsin; Cooperative Institute for Climate Studies (CICS), University of Maryland; Cooperative Institute for Oceanographic Satellite Studies (CIOSS), Oregon State University; Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA), Colorado State University; satellite meteorological research and development in atmospheric, oceanic, and land sciences; marine bio-optical calibration of ocean color satellite-derived data; application of earth satellite data to oceanographic processes, structure, and events; environmental risk assessment integrative systems approach with GIS/RS; ground-based demonstration of instrumentation for measuring wind profiles from space, satellite data assimilation for numerical and climate prediction models.

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Office - Patty Mayo, DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/STAR, 5200 Auth Road, Room 701, Camp Springs, MD 20746-4304, patty.mayo@noaa.gov; Telephone: (301) 763-8127; Fax: (301) 763-8108.

Program Accomplishments

In fiscal year 2006, NESDIS expects to continue funding amendments to the cooperative agreements for their three Institutes (CICS, CIMSS, and CIOSS). NESDIS will also continue to provide funding to other NOAA Cooperative Institutes (CIRA, CIRES, CIMMS, CICOR and JIMAR).

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds can be used to support a wide variety of atmospheric and oceanographic research, development, data distribution and assimilation programs, education, advisory services, and to support long-term partnerships between the Federal government, universities, and institutions of research and higher education for cooperative science and education in environmental science.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Any State university, college, institute or laboratory; any public or private nonprofit institution or consortium.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Organizations and individuals with interests in support of managing effectively the Nation's oceanic and atmospheric resources.


Proposals with a statement of work and estimated budgets. Costs are determined in accordance with applicable OMB circulars and applicable Federal Register notices.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Proposals are sent to the appropriate office of the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service.

Award Procedures

Awards are made on the basis of proposal evaluations, technical and administrative reviews, and external reviews, if applicable.


In accordance with applicable report or announcement published in the Federal Register and/or Federal Funding Opportunities in Grants.gov.


49 U.S.C. 44720(b); 33 U.S.C. 883d, 33 U.S.C. 1442; 15 U.S.C. 313, 1540, 15 U.S.C. 2901 et. seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 180 days from time of receipt of the proposal.




Future or continued funding will be at the discretion of the Federal government based upon satisfactory performance and the availability of funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Normally from one to five years.

Post Assistance Requirements


Reports are due in accordance with the terms and conditions of the 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.


All financial and programmatic records, supporting documents, statistical reports, and other related records of grantees or sub grantees are required to be maintained by the terms of the agreement. The grantee must retain records for three years from the date when the final expenditure and technical reports are submitted.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $22,000,000; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$0 to $200,000 (Grants); $250,000 to $5,000,000 (Cooperative Agreements).

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. Department Administrative Order 203-36 dated May 15, 1985 (Department of Commerce Grants Administration) and the NOAA Grants and Cooperative Agreement Interim Policy Manual dated February 2002.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Patty Mayo, DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/STAR, 5200 Auth Road, Room 701, Camp Springs, MD 20746-4304, patty.mayo@noaa.gov; Telephone: (301) 763-8127; Fax: (301) 763-8108.

Headquarters Office

See "Information Contact".

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposals are evaluated technically and administratively primarily for scientific merit and application to the goals and objectives of NOAA. The qualifications of the principal investigator are considered and costs are subject to negotiation.

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