Adaption Sciences (AdSci) Research Program Notice of Funding Opportunity

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Please note that there have been some recent changes made to the NOFO (most updated version is dated 12/12/2022 on Make sure you have the most recent version downloaded and reviewed before submitting an application..

General Information

CPO’s grant programs manage a competitive process through a NOFO announcement to make awards supporting high-quality research conducted across the United States and internationally on the most urgent climate science questions. While each program area has its own focus, together they advance understanding of Earth’s climate system through interdisciplinary, integrated scientific research, and leverage the resulting knowledge, data, and systems to enhance society’s ability to plan and respond to climate variability and climate change. Toward this end, CPO also supports partnerships that build end-to-end pipelines of information (e.g., integrated information systems) flowing from scientists to decision-makers.

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Important Dates/Deadlines

Letters of Intent

Letters of intent (LOIs) should be received by email by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on October 31, 2022..

A response to the LOI from the Competition Manager (e-mail or letter) will be sent to the investigator within four weeks after the LOI’s due date encouraging or discouraging a full application based on its relevance to the targeted competition.

Full Applications

Full applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Jan 31, 2023.

Applications received after these dates and times will not be considered for funding.

Applications must be submitted via For applications submitted through, the basis for determining timeliness is the receipt notice issued by, which includes the date and time received.

Applicants without internet access

Please contact the CPO Grants Manager Diane Brown by mail at NOAA Climate Program Office (R/CP1), SSMC3, Room 12734, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910 to obtain an application package. Please allow two weeks after receipt for a response. Hard copy submissions will be date and time stamped when they are received in the Climate Program Office.

Emailed or faxed copies of applications will not be accepted.

For Federal Investigators

Federal lead investigators who wish to apply to this Announcement of Opportunity must prepare a proposal according to the NOFO guidelines and submit the proposal to the program manager directly, instead of to Federal co-investigators must submit a proposal identical to the proposal lead's but with personalized budget information.

Letters of Intent should be received by Competition Manager by 5 p.m. Eastern Time, October 31, 2022.

Full applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, January 31, 2023.

Where to Submit

Application packages:

Visit and click on Apply for Grants. You may also directly view the listing here.

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Applicants without Internet access:

Please send mail to:
Diane Brown
CPO Grants Manager
NOAA Climate Program Office (R/CP1), SSMC3, Room 12734
1315 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Please allow two weeks after receipt for a response.

General Grants Questions

Diane Brown, CPO Grants Manager   

Federal Agency Name(s): Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce

Notice of Funding Opportunity Title: Climate Program Office (CPO) Adaptation Sciences: Island Resilience

*NOFO last updated 12/12/2022 on

Announcement Type: Initial

Notice of Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-OAR-CPO-2023-2007539

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 11.431, Climate and Atmospheric Research

NOAA’s Adaptation Sciences (AdSci) research program is designed to advance the knowledge, methods and frameworks needed to move society beyond incremental adaptation toward more widespread, connected, adaptive pathways, and resilience strategies with clear economic and societal co-benefits. The goal of the AdSci Program is to foster adaptation and resilience by supporting research and partnerships focused on:

  • Developing an understanding of key drivers and conditions that shape and enable adaptation across multiple temporal and spatial scales (e.g., socioeconomic context, adaptive behaviors, risk perception, public awareness and education); and
  • Identifying key aspects of and promoting opportunities for the use of scientific information to best support preparedness and planned adaptation of high value to social and economic goals.

In FY 23, the AdSci Program is seeking proposals for interdisciplinary adaptation research activities to identify and better understand evolving climate risks, vulnerabilities, and adaptive capacity, and to foster the integration of this knowledge into adaptation and resilience planning for islands in the Caribbean and the Pacific. Applicants are encouraged to consider risks and solutions related to compound events and cascading impacts across sectors that have critical implications for systems such as food security, human health, energy, sustainable and regenerative tourism, ecosystems and livelihoods, coastal resilience and infrastructure, and methods to advance effective adaptation solutions, decision support tools, early warning systems and networks in island regions.

Through the FY23 competition, AdSci seeks to support interdisciplinary and participatory research activities that address island-identified resilience needs; with an emphasis on projects that result in: (1) contextually relevant and usable information about climate impacts, vulnerabilities and solutions; (2) the evaluation, identification and strengthening of the adaptive capacities of institutions, communities, sectors and islands; (3) and/or the integration of climate information in adaptation planning, action and long-term resilience strategies.

Proposals should focus on one or more islands within the following regions:

  • Region A (Caribbean): Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • Region B (Pacific): the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands.

Proposals should be for projects up to 2 years duration with a budget of up to $150,000 per year (for a maximum total of $300,000.00). Depending on the availability of funds, it is anticipated that 11-13 projects will be supported. Furthermore, depending on the availability of funds, a portion of the funding for the international projects may come from the U.S. Department of State.

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CPO manages competitive research programs through which NOAA funds high-priority climate science, assessments, decision support research, outreach, education, and capacity building activities designed to advance the understanding of Earth’s climate system and to foster the application for of this knowledge to enable effective decisions. CPO supports research that is conducted across the United States and internationally. CPO also provides strategic guidance for the agency’s climate science and services programs and supports NOAA’s contributions to the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) and its National Climate Assessment and similar international endeavors.



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