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Round 3 of Research to Operations Initiative: NGGPS, HFIP and NOAA Testbeds Federal Funding Opportunities (FFO) are published on Grants.Gov


Round 3 of Research to Operations Initiative: NGGPS and HFIP 


The R2O Initiative is soliciting proposals for projects involving applied science, modeling and/or data assimilation that support development of the NGGPS at global and regional scales. The NOAA R2O Initiative is also soliciting proposals for the Hurricane Forecast Improvement Project (HFIP) initiative to engage and coordinate hurricane research required to improve operational hurricane forecasts and meet societal requirements to effectively mitigate economic disruption. The notice describes opportunities and application procedures to demonstrate capabilities that have the potential to be incorporated into operational NWS numerical weather prediction (NWP) analyses and forecasts. The R2O Initiative addresses NOAA's Weather Ready Nation (WRN) strategic goal and supporting objectives. Again, more formation can be found on the page.

Letters of Intent (LOI) are due December 8, 2017.  LOI's are strongly recommended.

Full proposals are due February 7, 2018


NGGPS evolving into a Unified Modeling System through a Strategic Implementation Plan

The overall goal to create a multi-year Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP) to document the effort of the community as the NGGPS moves towards a Unified Modeling System is described on the NGGPS Implementation page.

NGGPS Overview

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS) has the responsibility to provide weather, water, and climate information to protect life and property, and enhance the national economy. The NWS mission is to provide the best possible guidance to a wide variety of customers, including emergency managers, forecasters, and the aviation community

The NWS R2O Initiative will expand and accelerate critical weather forecasting research to operation to address growing service demands, and increase the accuracy of weather forecasts through accelerated development and implementation of current global weather prediction models, improved data assimilation techniques, and improved software architecture and system engineering. The new unified coupled model system will have the flexibility and capability to implement model component improvements as they are developed.

flow chart of NGGPS

The NWS Research to Operations (R2O) initiative's five year plan is to upgrade the current operational Global Forecast System (GFS) to run as a unified, fully coupled Next Generation Global Prediction System (NGGPS) within NEMS (NOAA Environmental Modeling System) infrastructure. Using advanced high performance computing architectures, the system will incorporate the most recent advances in weather prediction modeling from NOAA and the research community.

  • Implement a weather-scale, fully-coupled NWP System
  • Extend forecast skill beyond 8 to 10 days
  • Improve hurricane track and intensity forecast
  • Extend weather forecasting to 30 days