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View the grant opportunity NOAA-NWS-NWSPO-2020-2006290

Full applications must be received by 5:00 PM Eastern Time (ET) on February 7, 2020.

Pre-proposal Letters of Intent (LOIs) are strongly encouraged and must be received by 5:00 PM Eastern Time (ET) on December 6, 2019.

Final funding selection August 2020 and expected project start date is September 1, 2020.

The Office of Science and Technology Integration (OSTI) is soliciting research proposals to support NOAA’s development of the community-based, coupled, comprehensive earth modeling system, the Unified Forecast System (UFS). The UFS is designed to provide more accurate forecast guidance through operational numerical weather prediction applications. These applications span local and global domains, and predictive time scales from sub-hourly to seasonal.

There are three competitions from this notification valued at approximately $2,800,000 for the first year of 2-year projects that will advance development of the UFS:

  1. Next Generation Global Prediction System (NGGPS) :Research proposals to advance NGGPS with the FV3 dynamical core will focus on accelerating coupled model development to improve forecast accuracy. This includes coupling among the weather prediction model components (atmosphere, ocean, land surface and ice system), advancing data assimilation and ensemble techniques, and developing post-processing forecast tools and improving deterministic forecast skill by improving computational efficiency. Additional information on NGGPS can be found here.
  2. Weeks 3-4 Program : Proposals pertaining to the advancement of the Weeks 3-4 Program will contribute to the development of coupled data assimilation approaches; extending the forecast of the UFS from 3 weeks to seasonal timescales; process-based diagnostic tools and seasonal to subseasonal validation/verification metrics for the coupled system; and addressing challenges in subseasonal to seasonal (S2S) prediction that project onto NOAA requirements for weeks 3-4 forecast products. Additional information can be found here.
  3. Hurricane Forecast Improvement Program (HFIP) : Proposals for the HFIP initiative will support hurricane research required to improve operational hurricane forecasts of higher accuracy and greater reliability to meet societal requirements to effectively mitigate economic disruption. This includes specific goals to reduce the average errors of hurricane track and intensity forecasts by 20% within five years and 50% in ten years with a forecast period out to 7 days. Additional information regarding the HFIP program can be found here.

Supporting Material

An example summary budget table as described in Section IV.B.2(e) Full Proposal Budget and Proposed Budget Justification indicating total and annual budgets (if multi-year).

PI Institution Year 1 budget Year 2 budget Inst 1 total
Co-I Institution Year 1 budget Year 2 budget Inst 2 total
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Applicants are encouraged to budget up to, but not more than 20% of the proposed budget in support of NOAA laboratory or NCEP modeling center collaborators. For a collaboration that includes some funding for federal offices, the actual amount to be awarded through Grants Online would only be the portion of the non-government recipient and would be less than the $250,000 maximum project cost.

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