Hydrologic Research

To maintain a cooperative university/Federal partnership to conduct joint research and development on pressing surface water hydrology issues common to National, regional, local operational offices, private consulting hydrologists, and academics.

Examples of Funded Projects

(1) Project to further automate the calibration of hydrologic models; (2) development of procedure to enhance flash flood guidance; (3) development and testing of distributed rainfall/runoff models using radar-derived rainfall data; (4) demonstration project to show practical benefits from extended streamflow predictions in a probabilistic framework; and (5) investigations of flash flood models in arid climates.

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Program Accomplishments

This program has developed an improved method for automatic calibration of hydrologic models to river basins, made definite progress in the development of distributed rainfall/runoff models, demonstrated improved flash flood models for urbanizing environments.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds can be used to support research and development on issues related to the forecasting of surface hydrologic conditions.

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

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants are Federally recognized institutions of higher learning, agencies of State or local governments, quasi-public institutions such as water supply or power companies, hydrologic consultants and companies involved in using and developing hydrologic forecasts (either for reducing flood damages or for water management decisions).

Beneficiary Eligibility

Since the benefits of the overall program are for a reduction in loss of life and damage resulting from flooding and drought, and improved utilization of water supply and water dependent industries, benefits accrue from these projects to: (1) Federal agencies responsible to forecast, assess, manage, disperse, project economic conditions based on projections of water supply for agriculture and industry, and control water resources; (2) interstate commissions to control and allocate surface waters; (3) State agencies responsible for allocating and controlling water resources and for making projections for the use of water for industry and agriculture and for planning and developing infrastructure within the State that is impacted by rivers and lakes; (4) local agencies dependent on water for economic planning, emergency preparedness, and public water supply; (5) all businesses and industries depending all or in part upon surface water supplies or adequate water in lakes for recreation, in rivers to generate power, or in production or dispersion of products or who must take action in order to ameliorate damage during flood situations, (6) wildlife interests at all levels that are dependent upon water management for managing the environment; (7) homeowners or farmers who must plan for proper responses to flooding or inadequate water supply; and (8) academic institutions which are funded for programs dealing with the studies of hydrologic science.


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 and for-profit organizations.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Proposals, including a statement of work and budget, are submitted to Chief of the Training Division of OCWWS. When details of the work and budget are mutually agreed upon, the complete proposal will be prepared and formally submitted. Complete grant or cooperative agreement proposals will include forms SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance, SF-424A, Budget Information Non-Construction Programs, statement of work, budget and supporting details, negotiated indirect cost rate sheet, and CD-511 Certifications Regarding Debarment, Suspension and Other Responsibility Matters, Drug Free Workplace Requirements, and Lobbying statements. Cooperative activities and funding amounts are determined through an evaluation conducted in coordination with the Director of OCWWS, and staff.

Award Procedures

Awards are made on the basis of proposal evaluations and technical and administrative reviews. Proposal will be submitted to the NOAA Grants Management Division for review and approval. Cooperative activities and funding amounts are determined through an evaluation conducted in coordination with the Director of the Office of Hydrologic Development by the Chief of the Hydrology Laboratory, and the technical experts of the Laboratory.


Application deadlines are established by notices appearing on OHD/HL website.


Weather Service Organic Act, 15 U.S.C. 313, 1525.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approval time is expected to range from 90 to 180 days, which includes processing of the award through the NWS and NOAA financial assistance functions.




By negotiations with the Office of Hydrologic Development. Cooperative activities are normally continuing subject to the availability of funding for subsequent budget periods. Renewal of an award to increase funding or extend the period of performance is at the sole discretion of the Department.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no matching requirements. NOAA may fund up to 100 percent of project costs.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Awards are usually for a 12-month period. In some instances, award periods may extend beyond 12-months. The funding is spent in the award's budget period unless an extension is requested by the principal investigator and approved by NOAA Grants Office. Since many cooperative projects with universities depend upon student labor there are times when unfunded extensions are required.

Post Assistance Requirements


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

The Department's Financial Assistance Standard Terms and Conditions generally require that financial and performance reports be submitted quarterly or semiannually.


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.


Records will be retained in accordance with provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110 for institutions of higher education, other nonprofit organizations, and commercial organizations and in accordance with 15 CFR Part 24 for State and local governments.

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

$5,000 to $100,000. Average: $25,000.

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

Chief, Hydrology Laboratory, National Weather Service - W/OHD-1, 1325 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Telephone: (301) 713-0640.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposals are subject to office and peer review process taking into consideration scientific merit, application to office research goals, principal investigator's qualifications, cost, and available funding.

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