Meteorologic and Hydrologic Modernization Development

To maintain a cooperative university and Federal partnerships to conduct meteorological training, education, professional development, and research and development on issues common to the hydrometeorological community, and to reduce the impact of tsunamis through hazard assessment, warning guidance,
and mitigation.
Related Programs11.432 Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) Joint and Cooperative Institutes; 11.462 Hydrologic Research; 11.468 Applied Meteorological ResearchExamples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: Cooperative agreement for education, training and capacity development for weather, water, and climate forecasting (ETCD).

Support for National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program projects aimed at preparing coastal communities for tsunamis.

Fiscal Year 2018: Cooperative agreement for education, training and capacity development for weather, water, and climate forecasting (ETCD).

Support for National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program projects aimed at preparing coastal communities for tsunamis.

Fiscal Year 2019: Cooperative agreement for education, training and capacity development for weather, water, and climate forecasting (ETCD).

Support for National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program projects aimed at preparing coastal communities for tsunamis.


Agency - Department of Commerce

The Department of Commerce fosters and promotes the nation's economic development and technological advancement through vigilance in international trade policy, domestic business policy and growth, and promoting economic progress at all levels.

Website Address

http://www.noaa.gov




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Government Of Guam- Department Of Administration $ 546,906   2018-09-012019-08-31
Defense, Hawaii Department Of $ 552,960   2018-09-012019-08-31
Office Of Emergency Services $ 699,269   2018-09-012019-08-31
Defense, Hawaii Department Of $ 543,987   2017-09-012019-08-31
Office Of Emergency Services $ 638,474   2017-09-012019-08-31
Military Department, Washington State $ 725,822   2018-09-012019-08-31
Cnmi Office Of Homeland Security $ 579,981   2018-09-012019-08-31
Government Of Guam- Department Of Administration $ 754,729   2017-09-012019-08-31
American Samoa Department Of Homeland Security $ 657,646   2018-09-012019-08-31
Military Department, Washington State $ 693,068   2017-09-012019-08-31



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: Projects awarded developed the Education, Training and Capacity Development (ETCD) Center for weather, water, and climate forecasting. This center will focus on human performance improvement and capacity development in National Meteorological and Hydrological Services. Projects also worked toward helping communities become better prepared for tsunamis. Fiscal Year 2018: Projects awarded will continue development of the Education, Training and Capacity Development (ETCD) Center for weather, water, and climate forecasting. This center will focus on human performance improvement and capacity development in National Meteorological and Hydrological Services. Projects will also work toward helping communities become better prepared for tsunamis. Fiscal Year 2019: Projects awarded will continue development of the Education, Training and Capacity Development (ETCD) Center for weather, water, and climate forecasting. This center will focus on human performance improvement and capacity development in National Meteorological and Hydrological Services. Projects will also work toward helping communities become better prepared for tsunamis.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The funds are used by recipients to implement programs described in proposals submitted and selected in response to calls for proposals from the program office or NOAA.

The program office may support non-competitive awards in case specific instances or by direction from legislative language or unsolicited projects that are individually qualified.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants are accredited Federally recognized institutions of higher learning, consortia of these institutions, agencies of State or local governments including school systems, quasi-public institutions, consultants, and companies involved in using and developing meteorological or hydrologic forecasts or forecast methodology.

In addition, the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program (NTHMP) funding provides resources to reduce the impact of tsunamis through hazard assessment, warning guidance, and mitigation.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The benefits of the overall program are for reduction in loss of life and damage which the general public can realize from improvement in weather forecasts, watches, and warnings of hazardous weather and resultant flooding. For the improvements from the modernization of the Nation's weather and hydrologic services to be realized, there must be significant involvement of the entire hydrometeorological community. Thus, benefits will accrue to: (1) General public through higher quality weather products and information; (2) State and local agencies responsible for the planning and implementation of emergency services, fire prevention, allocation and control of water resources, and those agencies who project economic conditions based on weather and water resource availability; (3) educational institutions (0-13+) which need to incorporate the information which will result from modernization of the weather services into their curricula; (4) scientists and developers who will be using the new information to enhance the State of the knowledge of the atmosphere and improve present system safety and reliability; and academic institutions which are funded for programs dealing with studies of the atmospheric and hydrologic science. In addition, the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program (NTHMP) funding provides resources to reduce the impact of tsunamis through hazard assessment, warning guidance, and mitigation.

Credentials/Documentation

Proposals will be considered if applicants meet the qualifications listed in solicitations. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

No preapplication coordination is required.

However, since proposals are frequently required to demonstrate high levels of collaboration with operational NWS components, it is recommended that applicants discuss potential interactions with relevant NWS personnel prior to submission.

Consultation and assistance is available through the NWS program manager.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Proposals for new cooperative agreements are solicited with an announcement in the Federal Register or grants.gov. These announcements include specific information for proposal submission. All proposals are subject to the requirements of OMB Circular Nos. A-21 and A-110, as applicable. Standard Form 424 series, certification, and other related forms must accompany formal proposals. Detailed instructions are contained in solicitations. Applications will be submitted through the program manager to the NOAA Grants Management Division for review and approval. The Department of Commerce will review all projects before an award is executed by the NOAA Grants Officer.

Award Procedures

Awards are selected by the program office and are made on the basis of proposal evaluations and technical and administrative reviews.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Meteorological Services to Aviation, 49 U.S.C 44720; Weather Service Organic Act, 15 U.S.C 313.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approval time for grants is expected to range from 90 to 180 days, which includes processing of the award through the NWS, NOAA, and DOC financial assistance functions.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Grants and cooperative agreements are approved on an annual basis, but may be continued beyond the first segment, subject to approved time frame and scope of work, satisfactory progress, and availability of funds. Renewal of an award to increase funding or extend the period of performance is at the sole discretion of the Department of Commerce. .

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Awards are for a 12-60 month period, although only one year is funded at a time. Outyears are funded based on availability of funds and adequate progress. Funds are disbursed through the U.S. Treasury Payment System. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: One year funded at a time.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Technical and financial progress reports are due within 30 days of the end of the evaluation period.

Final reports are due within 90 days of the expiration of the award.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.

Audits

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. Audits will be conducted in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-133 for universities and nonprofit organizations.

Records

Financial records and supporting documents and all other records, i.e., property, performance work products, etc., pertinent to the agreement shall be maintained in accordance with the provisions of 15 CFR 14.53 as applicable.

Financial Information

Account Identification

13-1460-0-1-306; 13-1450-0-1-306.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 17 $6,011,612; FY 18 est $6,184,257; and FY 19 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$6,000 to $5,814,360 Average: $400,000.

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

None.

Headquarters Office

Leroy Spayd Chief, Training Division National Weather Service/Office of the Chief Learning Officer 1325 East West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 Email: leroy.spayd@noaa.gov Phone: 3014279322

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Selection criteria are announced within solicitations published in the Federal Register. Examples of criteria used in past solicitations included operational applicability, scientific merit, technology transfer and methodology, capability of researchers, and cost effectiveness.



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