Special Oceanic and Atmospheric Projects

As indicated in NOAA special announcements or applicable reports supportive of the Department's goal to expand knowledge of and to manage effectively the Nation's oceanic and atmospheric resources.

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space; STORM; Radiophysics Lab of Dartmouth College; Gulf of Maine Council; Aquatic Ecosystems; Lake Champlain Study; Central California Ozone Study; Ice Physics Research; Southeast Atlantic Marine Monitoring and Prediction; Lake Champlain Canal Barrier Demonstration; Oceans and Human Health (OHHI); and such Ocean Exploration as continuing the Lewis and Clark Legacy and Sound in the Sea: Acoustic Monitoring at Pioneer Sea Mount.

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Office - OAR, Laboratory, or Sea Grant offices, depending upon the particular program.

1335 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.
Website Address


Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
University Of Maryland Baltimore County $ 27,015   2020-07-012022-06-30
X Prize Foundation, Inc. $ 1,000,000   2015-08-012019-10-31
National Academy Of Sciences $ 50,000   2017-02-012018-09-30
University Of Alaska Fairbanks $ 1,872,518   2008-09-012015-08-31
University Of Alaska Fairbanks $ 97,900   2009-08-012015-07-31
University Of Alaska Fairbanks $ 869,559   2008-08-012015-07-31
Oregon State University-$ 12,957   2010-04-012015-03-31
Oregon State University $ 347,843   2010-04-012015-03-31
University Of Hawaii Systems $ 800,000   2013-07-012014-12-31
National Academy Of Sciences $ 150,000   2013-09-012014-08-31

Program Accomplishments

Grants and cooperative agreements are awarded as applicable. For example, the Oceans and Human Health Initiative (OHHI) sponsors competitive, peer-reviewed research to collaborate with and augment NOAA intramural research programs.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Cooperative agreements and grants may be used for research and development, education and training, and advisory services.

May be used for operational systems as they relate to specific programs.

Specific restrictions, other than those mandated for grants and cooperative agreements are evaluated on an individual program basis.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

As stated in NOAA special announcements or applicable reports in support of NOAA's mission.

Beneficiary Eligibility

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


Proposals with statements of work and estimated budgets. Costs will be determined in accordance with applicable OMB Circulars.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

The standard application forms as furnished by the agency.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Submit an electronic application to Grants.gov 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 will be made on the basis of proposal evaluations, technical reviews, administrative reviews, and external reviews, if applicable.


In accordance with the applicable report or announcement.


National Weather Service and Related Agencies Authorization Act of 1999, as amended.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 180 days from the time of proposal submission to NOAA/OAR.


None anticipated.


By negotiation with the OAR and subject to availability of funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

None anticipated.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

In accordance with the applicable NOAA Report or special NOAA announcement and in accordance with FARB approvals.

Post Assistance Requirements


Financial and performance reports will be required quarterly at a minimum.


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.


Recipients are expected to maintain complete records for each grant and/or cooperative agreement to ensure funds are used for the purpose for which the award was made.

Financial Information

Account Identification



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

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Varies depending upon what funds are appropriated for special projects.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

NOAA Grants and Cooperative Agreements Policy Manual. 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

OAR, Laboratory, or Sea Grant offices, depending upon the particular program. 1335 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

Headquarters Office

Director, OAR, Office of Program, Planning & Evaluation, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Telephone: (301) 713- 2465, Ext. 119.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposals are subject to office evaluations, technical reviews, administrative reviews, and external reviews, if applicable, taking into consideration primarily scientific merit and application to the goals of NOAA and the Office of Oceans and Atmospheric Research.

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