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U.S. Department of Commerce: Joint Technology Transfer Initiative

Deadline: April 9, 2018

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) Office of Weather and Air Quality (OWAQ) is seeking proposals to develop and test potential new weather technologies for possible transition into National Weather Service operations through the Joint Technology Transfer Initiative (JTTI). The scope of the JTTI has several themes (see solicitation for priorities within themes):

  • Advancing data assimilation of new observations and data assimilation techniques for convective-scale
    weather prediction
  • Improving water prediction capabilities through enhancements to National Water Model,
  • Improving subseasonal scale prediction of Arctic sea ice
  • Communicating uncertainty in weather forecasts

JTTI will support projects that are at a stage in which the research has already been shown to demonstrate some potential for further prototype development and testing in a pseudo-operational environment. In order for NOAA to successfully transition the new technologies developed as a result of this funding opportunity into NOAA operations, applicants must identify a NOAA/NWS operational office (receiving party) that will be responsible for testing and evaluation for feasibility to implement the research into operations. Ultimately, the implementation decision lies with the NWS. Applicants are highly encouraged to collaborate with the NOAA/NWS scientists throughout the project.

Amount: A total of $2,000,000 is available to fund 7-13 projects that range from $150,000-$300,000. The project period is for up to two years.

Eligibility: Institutions of higher education; nonprofit organizations; and commercial organizations.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=300187

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