Short Term Climate Fluctuations

To support studies relevant to the diagnosis and prediction of short-term climate fluctuations.

Examples of Funded Projects

(1) University of Maryland - Cooperative Institute, Climate Studies; (2) UCAR - Scientific Program.

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.

Website Address

Program Accomplishments

Not available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The program at the National Weather Service/National Centers for Environmental Prediction/Climate Prediction Center (CPC) is based on the availability of funds and the relevance of a proposal to CPC's mission: "To maintain a continuous watch on short- term climate fluctuations and to diagnose and predict them." Potential applicants may submit a written proposal with a budget sheet for review and consideration.

The proposal must follow application procedures, set by the NOAA/Grants Management Division.

Cost-sharing by each recipient is usually 5 percent.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Public and private educational institutions, and other persons in institutions qualified to conduct climate-related studies to provide climate-related services.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The ultimate benefit will go to the general public through improved methods and knowledge of the climate system and potentially improved forecasts.


Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular Nos. A-21 for institutions of higher education, A-87 for State and local governments, and A-122 for nonprofit organizations.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

Applications for Federal Assistance (SF- 424) with the proposal and budget estimate are required.

Award Procedures

Applications are approved within NOAA.


New applications must be received no later than June 1, and renewals no later than July 1, at the Grants Management Division for award funding in a fiscal year.


Public Law 95-224, 15 U.S.C. 313; 49 U.S.C. 1463.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

New applications: 120 days (30 days for review/evaluations, 90 days for processing). Renewals: 90 days (30 days for review/evaluations, 60 days for processing).




Renewals are available, subject to project performance and availability of funds. The procedure is the same as a new application.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Awards are generally made for 1-year periods. Funds are released as needed by recipient, usually once a month.

Post Assistance Requirements


Quarterly expenditure reports and final reports are required.


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. Recipients that are States, local governments, non-profit organizations (including hospitals), and institutions of higher learning are subject to the audit requirements contained in the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996 (31 U.S.C. 7501-7507). Commercial organizations shall be subject to the audit requirements as stipulated in the award document.


All financial and programmatic records, supporting documents, statistical reports, and other records of grantees or sub grantees are required to be retained in accordance with provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110 for institutions of higher education and other nonprofit organizations, and with 10 CFR 24 for State and local governments.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $0; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not available.

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

Not applicable.

Headquarters Office

Climate Prediction Center, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, National Weather Service, World Weather Building, 5200 Auth Rd., Camp Springs, MD 20746. Telephone: (301) 763-8000 Ext. 7512.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposals reviewed and approved on basis of relevance to program objectives, potential for service, cost effectiveness, and availability of funds.

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