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Collaborative Science Technology, and Applied Research (CSTAR) Program

The CSTAR Program represents a NOAA/NWS effort to create a cost-effective transition from basic and applied research to operations and services through collaborative research between operational forecasters and academic institutions which have expertise in the environmental sciences. These activities engage researchers and students in applied research of interest to the operational meteorological community and improve the accuracy of forecasts and warnings of environmental hazards by applying scientific knowledge and information to operational products and services.

CSTAR Program basics:

  • One to three-year projects --- The maximum funding level is $150K/year
  • Applied research and education projects involve collaboration between operational forecasters and university scientists
  • Proposals must address NWS science needs and priorities that have the potential to be applied nationally through the Operational Proving Ground (OPG)
  • A CSTAR Funding Opportunity closed on January 04, 2017