**Some programs are limited. Please read solicitations carefully and consult your Office of Research for specifics, such as limited applications through your university and internal application deadlines.**

NOAA’s Weather Program Office (WPO, wpo.noaa.gov/nofo) is soliciting proposals for two grant competitions from this notification, valued at approximately $2.0 million per year as follows: 1) Climate Testbed (CTB), and 2) Fire Weather.

In alignment with the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017 (Public Law 115-25), this funding opportunity will allow NOAA to support new weather, water, and earth system observing and forecasting applications, including improved analysis techniques, better statistical or dynamic forecast models and techniques, and communication of that information to better inform the public. In particular, projects are sought that are responsive to the priorities articulated in the Science Advisory Board's 2021 Priorities for Weather Research Report (https://sab.noaa.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/PWR-Report_Final_12-9-21.pdf).

For the purposes of NOAA-funded projects, the maturity of projects is broadly classified using Readiness Levels (RLs), as adopted by NOAA and other federal agencies. The numerical RL scale from 1 to 9 is designed to track project maturity across a progressive spectrum from research to development to demonstration to deployment. Some competitions and science priorities in this announcement may target research at a specific maturity level and restrict proposals to specific RL ranges. Additional information can be found in the Program Objectives (Section I.A) and Priorities (Section I.B), and definitions of RLs can be found in the NOFO Information Sheets accompanying this announcement.

Upper:  $400,000USD Lower:  $200,000USD

  1. Climate Testbed (CTB)
    Approximate total award funding per year: $1.0 M
    Expected number of funded projects: 1–2
    Maximum funding limit per project per year: $300 K
  2. Fire Weather
    Approximate total award funding per year: $1.0 M
    Expected number of funded projects: 2–3
    Maximum funding limit per project per year: $350 K

The maximum time period of awards is 2 years.

Estimated Total Program Funding: $2,000,000
Award Ceiling: $400,000
Award Floor: $200,000
Expected Number of Awards: 6

Application Deadline: September 19, 2023 (LOI) and November 16, 2023 (Application)