Weather and Air Quality Research

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

To develop the base of scientific knowledge for better informed decisions.

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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; (5) circulation of the SW tropical Pacific Ocean; and (6) analysis of the effects of atmospheric deposition of nitrates and sulfates on surface water chemistry.

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Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Texas Tech University System $ 149,697   2021-09-012025-08-31
Villanova University In The State Of Pennsylvania $ 176,225   2021-09-012024-08-31
Northern Illinois University $ 166,851   2021-09-012024-08-31
Mississippi State University $ 11,000,000   2019-10-012023-09-30
Trustees Of Columbia University In The City Of New York, The $ 95,259   2021-09-012023-08-31
Research Foundation For The State University Of New York, The $ 225,915   2021-03-012023-02-28
Mississippi State University $ 12,000,000   2018-10-012022-09-30
University Of Missouri System $ 205,995   2020-09-012022-08-31
University Of Maryland, College Park $ 368,676   2020-09-012022-08-31
University Corporation For Atmospheric Research $ 145,840   2020-09-012022-08-31

Program Accomplishments

One to three contracts per year are anticipated.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants may be used for research and development, science assessments, 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.

Grants and contracts currently exist with National Acid Precipitation Assessment Program (NAPAP) participants.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Universities, colleges, junior colleges, technical schools, institutions, laboratories; any State, political subdivision of a State or agency or officer thereof; any individual.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Organizations and individuals with interests in meteorology, oceanography, climate, and air-quality 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.


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 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. 1463; Weather Service Organic Act, 15 U.S.C. 313; National Climate Program Act, as amended, 15 U.S.C. 2901; Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, 42 U.S.C. 7403.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 180 days from time of proposal receipt.




By negotiation with OAR.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

No matching funds required.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Normally for a period of one year.

Post Assistance Requirements


Quarterly 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), recipients that are States, Local Governments, Nonprofit Organizations (to include Hospitals), and Institutions of Higher Learning shall be 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. 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 the year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


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

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $0; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported. (Contracts) FY 07 $0; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.(NOTE: No funds are currently identified for grants and contracts).

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Funds no longer are 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


Headquarters Office

Director, Office of Weather and Air Quality, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Contact: Office of Weather & Air Quality: (301) 713- 9397 or (301) 713-9121.

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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