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The objective of the Education, Training, and Capacity Development (ETCD) Program is to improve forecast and warning capabilities of the weather, water, and climate communities. This improvement is achieved by addressing human performance improvement activities through collaborative efforts between NOAA, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), other agencies, and universities. The primary goal of ETCD is to enhance the performance of its workforce, partners, and users. ETCD addresses NOAA's goals, as stated in NOAA's Next Generation Strategic Plan (https://www.performance.noaa.gov/ngsp/). The Vision includes a Weather Ready Nation in which society is prepared for and responds to weather-related events, and for Climate Adaptation and Mitigation in which an informed society anticipates and responds to climate and its impacts. A key international objective of the ETCD program is to support Weather Ready Nations (WRNs), which provides training and related services to selected developing countries to advance their hydrometeorological and disaster management agencies’ transitions to impact-based forecasting.

ETCD supports the goals of improved weather decision services for the National Weather Service and selected developing countries for events that threaten lives and livelihoods and for enhanced climate services to help communities, businesses, and governments understand and adapt to climate-related risks. ETCD supports the goals of enabling integrated environmental forecast and decision services supporting healthy communities and ecosystems, and sustaining a highly skilled, professional workforce equipped with the necessary training, tools, and infrastructure.

Estimated Total Program Funding: $8,000,000

Application Deadline: May 3, 2021

Learn more about this competition at: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=331932