NOAA opens climate research funding for 2024

Fostering comprehensive understanding of Earth’s climate

NOAA’s Climate Program Office (CPO) has opened its 2024 funding opportunities, focused on comprehensive, interdisciplinary climate research. The move marks a significant commitment towards equipping society with the knowledge and tools necessary to face the growing challenges of climate variability and extreme weather events.

“The rising toll of climate impacts present a significant challenge to human and environmental health, public safety, economic vitality and national and international security,”

Emily Menashes, a deputy assistant administrator for NOAA Oceanic and Atmospheric Research

Six areas of focus in climate research

The 2024 funding opportunity is divided into six competitive areas:

  1. Improving understanding of urban air composition, the impact of climate change on urban air quality and use of this research to mitigate air pollution.
  2. Advancing understanding of ocean variability and change in support of NOAA’s Climate, Ecosystems, and Fisheries Initiative.
  3. Advancing an integrated NOAA capability for climate predictions and projections in support of NOAA’s Climate, Ecosystems, and Fisheries Initiative
  4. Advancing understanding of multi-year to decadal climate variability and predictability for the U.S. climate.
  5. Improving NOAA climate models and applications.
  6. Offering an early career opportunity for exceptional research in Earth system model development and application.

Through its annual grant competitions, NOAA seeks to encourage cutting-edge research, fostering collaboration among tribal nations, academia, federal agencies, and the private sector.

Key dates for funding applications

Researchers intending to submit proposals should submit their letters of intent by August 18, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. ET, except “Understanding urban air in a changing climate” competition letters of intent are due by September 11, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Full applications for all competitions are due by November 17, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Competition NameLetter of Intent Due DateFull Application Due Date
All but “Understanding urban air in a changing climate”August 18, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. ETNovember 17, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. ET
“Understanding urban air in a changing climate”September 11, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. ETNovember 17, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. ET

Aligning with urgent climate challenges

Several of this year’s competitions are aligned with five pressing climate-related challenges that NOAA has prioritized, including extreme heat, water availability and quality, coastal changes, changes in ecosystems, and mitigation strategies for global warming.

NOAA’s commitment to addressing these challenges is part of a larger strategy to build a Climate-Ready Nation, demonstrating its pivotal role in the U.S. Global Change Research Program.

For more information about NOAA’s 2024 competitions and application process, visit here.


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