Weather and Air Quality Research

To develop the knowledge required to establish a predictive capability for short and long-term climate and air quality fluctuations and trends.

To develop the base of scientific knowledge for better informed decisions.

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Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Texas Tech University System $ 149,697   2021-09-012025-08-31
Texas Tech University System $ 1,071,044   2021-09-012024-08-31
Villanova University In The State Of Pennsylvania $ 176,225   2021-09-012024-08-31
Northern Illinois University $ 166,851   2021-09-012024-08-31
Mississippi State University $ 11,000,000   2019-10-012023-09-30
Trustees Of Columbia University In The City Of New York, The $ 181,019   2021-09-012023-08-31
University Of Missouri System $ 205,995   2020-09-012023-08-31
University Of Alabama $ 179,235   2020-09-012023-08-31
University Of Oklahoma $ 21,367   2020-09-012023-08-31
University Of Oklahoma $ 120,765   2020-09-012023-08-31

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants may be used for research and development, science assessments, advisory services, and operational systems as they relate to specific programs.

Specific restrictions, other than those mandated for grants, are evaluated on an individual grant or program basis.

Grants and contracts currently exist with National Acid Precipitation Assessment Program (NAPAP) participants.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Universities, colleges, junior colleges, technical schools, institutions, laboratories; any State, political subdivision of a State or agency or officer thereof; any individual.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Organizations and individuals with interests in meteorology, oceanography, climate, and air-quality research and prediction and organizations and individuals in the social sciences with interests in the linkages between human systems and the aforementioned interest areas.


No Credentials or documentation are required. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Submit an electronic application to APPLY for financial assistance (SF 424) with statement of work to be performed and proposed amount. This program is subject to the requirements of OMB Circular No. A-110 and 15 CFR 24, 'Grants and Cooperative Agreements with State and Local Governments,' as applicable.

Award Procedures

Awards are made on the basis of peer review of proposals.


Not Applicable.


Federal Aviation Act, 49 U.S.C 1463; Weather Service Organic Act, Title 15, Section 313; Transportation: Meteorological Services; Promoting Safety and Efficiency, Title 49, Section 44720(b); Navigation and Navigable Waters: Improvement of Methods, Instruments, and Equipment; Investigations and Research, Title 33, Section 883d, as amended by Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act, Title 4, Section 401-407, as amended by Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act, Title 1, Section 102-110; The Public Health and Welfare: Research, investigation, training, and other activities, Title 42, Section 7403.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 180 days from time of proposal receipt.


Not Applicable.


By negotiation with OAR.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Normally for a period of one year. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: As described in agreement.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Quarterly performance and financial reports are required.

Final reports are due 90 days after expiration of award.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


Grantees expected to maintain complete records for each grant to insure funds are used for the purpose for which the grant was made.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants (Contracts)) FY 16 $8,838,244; FY 17 est $13,094,248; and FY 18 est $15,430,129

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Allowable cost will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular A-87 for State and local governments and Indian Tribes; OMB Circular A-122 for nonprofit and for-profit organizations; OMB Circular A-21 for institutions of higher education; and 48 CFR Part 31 for commercial organizations. Financial assistance management will be in accordance with 15 CFR Part 14 for institutions of higher education, hospitals, and other non-profit and commercial organizations, and with 15 CFR Part 24 for State and local governments.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Director Office of Weather and Air Quality, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1315 East-West Highway , Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 Phone: (301) 713-9397

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposals are subject to office and peer review process taking into consideration primarily scientific merit and application to NOAA's research and operational goals. Principal investigators' qualifications and cost are also considered, with cost subject to negotiation.

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