Special Oceanic and Atmospheric Projects

To explore the Earth?s largely unknown oceans in all their dimensions for the purpose of discovery and the advancement of knowledge, using state of the art technologies in evolutionary and revolutionary ways within Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR).

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Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

OAR, Laboratory, or Sea Grant offices, depending upon the particular program.

1335 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
University Of Maryland Baltimore County $ 27,015   2020-07-012022-06-30
X Prize Foundation, Inc. $ 1,000,000   2015-08-012019-10-31
National Academy Of Sciences $ 50,000   2017-02-012018-09-30
University Of Alaska Fairbanks $ 1,872,518   2008-09-012015-08-31
University Of Alaska Fairbanks $ 97,900   2009-08-012015-07-31
University Of Alaska Fairbanks $ 869,559   2008-08-012015-07-31
Oregon State University-$ 12,957   2010-04-012015-03-31
Oregon State University $ 347,843   2010-04-012015-03-31
University Of Hawaii Systems $ 800,000   2013-07-012014-12-31
National Academy Of Sciences $ 150,000   2013-09-012014-08-31

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Cooperative agreements and grants may be used for research and development, education and training, and advisory services.

They may also be used for operational systems as they relate to specific programs.

Specific restrictions, other than those mandated for grants and cooperative agreements are evaluated on an individual program basis.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

As stated in NOAA special announcements or applicable reports in support of NOAA's mission.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Organizations and individuals with interests in support of managing effectively the Nation's oceanic and atmospheric resources.


Proposals with statements of work and estimated budgets. Costs will be determined in accordance with applicable OMB Circulars. 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

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Submit an electronic application to Grants.gov 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 Part 24, 'Grants and Cooperative Agreements with State and Local Governments,' as applicable.

Award Procedures

Awards will be made on the basis of proposal evaluations, technical reviews, administrative reviews, and external reviews, if applicable.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009, Public Law 111-11.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 180 days from the time of proposal submission to NOAA/OAR.


None anticipated.


By negotiation with the OAR and subject to availability of funds.

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

In accordance with the applicable NOAA Report or special NOAA announcement and in accordance with FARB approvals. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: In accordance with the applicable NOAA Report or special NOAA announcement and in accordance with FARB approvals.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Financial and performance reports will be required quarterly at a minimum.


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.


Recipients are expected to maintain complete records for each grant and/or cooperative agreement to ensure funds are used for the purpose for which the award was made.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $13,770,306; FY 17 est $17,939,678; and FY 18 est $23,265,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

NOAA Grants and Cooperative Agreements Policy Manual. Allowable cost will be determined in accordance with 2 CFR 225for State and local governments and Indian Tribes; 2 CFR 230 for nonprofit and for-profit organizations; 2 CFR 220 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

See Regional Agency Offices. OAR, Laboratory, or Sea Grant offices, depending upon the particular program. 1335 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

Headquarters Office

n/a Director, Ocean Exploration and Research, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 Phone: (301) 713-1010

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposals are subject to office evaluations, technical reviews, administrative reviews, and external reviews, if applicable, taking into consideration primarily scientific merit and application to the goals of NOAA and the Office of Oceans and Atmospheric Research.

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