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Cooperative Agreements to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, IHEs, and Agencies for Collaborative Climate Research Projects

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Funding Source
U.S. Department of Commerce - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) - Climate Program Office (CPO) - Climate and Societal Interactions (CSI) Division
CFDA Number: 11.431
Funding or PIN Number: NOAA-OAR-CPO-2023-2007771
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Important Dates
LOI Date: 02/01/23
Deadline: 03/29/23 5:00 PM ET Receipt Save

Grant Description
Cooperative agreements to USA nonprofit and for-profit organizations, tribal governments, IHEs, and agencies for collaborative research projects on mitigating climate-related disasters through community engagement. Applicants are advised that it may take several weeks to complete required registrations.

Through this NOFO, the Climate and Adaptation Partnerships program in the Climate and Societal Interactions (CSI) division of the Climate Program Office is soliciting applications for three competitions:

  1. Improving Engagement Methods for Coastal Resilience Planning
  2. Assessing Tradeoffs and Co-Benefits for Complex Decision-Making in Communities Facing Coastal Inundation and/or Inland Flooding
  3. Identifying Complex Interactions between Social Infrastructure and Wildfire Risks to Improve Community Adaptive Capacity

Proposals should incorporate the principles of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) into their applications. To do so, applicants should consider the following factors when developing their projects:

  • The vulnerabilities and disproportionate impacts of climate change on frontline communities including economically disadvantaged communities, historically marginalized communities, indigenous and tribal communities, and rural communities.
  • Communities, towns, or neighborhoods under-resourced and underserved by technical, financial, and/or human resources (e.g. communities too small to qualify for FEMA grants) to address climate risks and vulnerabilities.
  • The role of researchers and practitioners in carrying out work in ways that acknowledge existing legacies of social and environmental inequities and supporting actions that address them, including but not limited to the inclusion and compensation of frontline community members in setting project priorities.
  • Regional diversity expressed in the team structure, roles and responsibilities, team decision making approaches, institutional roles, and broader networks and partnerships.
  • Team contributions to a diverse, next-generation climate adaptation workforce through training, mentorship, education, and other means and by engaging with students and early career professionals.

For competition guidelines for the three competitions, see


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education, other nonprofits, commercial organizations, international organizations, and state, local and Indian tribal governments.

The Principal Investigator (PI) on a proposal must be a team member in a currently-funded CAP/RISA regional team. Additionally, proposals must include Co-PIs from at least one additional CAP/RISA team and/or from CAP/RISA expansion geographies. Expansion geographies include the Central Midwest (Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas), the Upper Northeast (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, western Massachusetts, and upstate New York), Appalachia (West Virginia, eastern Kentucky, eastern Tennessee, and mountainous areas of western North Carolina, western Virginia, and southern Ohio) and the Southeast (Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee). Collaborators from CAP/RISA expansion activity areas need not be current CAP/RISA project PIs. Additional collaborators must include a local community partner from the geographies included in the proposal.

Federal agencies or institutions are not eligible to receive Federal assistance under this notice.

Fees and profits are disallowed.

Pre-Proposal Conference
The CAP/RISA FY23 Funding Opportunity Info Webinar will take place on: Jan 10, 2023 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET.


Pre-Application Information
Letters of intent (LOIs) should be received by email by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on February 1, 2023. Applicants who have not submitted an LOI or have not been encouraged may still submit a full application. LOIs are strongly encouraged.

Full applications for all competitions must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, on March 29th, 2023.

CPO anticipates that funding decisions on applications will be made during spring 2023.

Each applicant (unless the applicant is an individual or Federal awarding agency that is excepted from those requirements under 2 CFR 25.110(b) or (c), or has an exception approved by the Federal awarding agency under 2 CFR 25.110(d)) is required to: (i) Be registered in SAM before submitting its application; (ii) Provide a valid unique entity identifier (UEI) in its application; and (iii) Continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a Federal awarding agency.

In order to submit an application through, an applicant must register for a user ID and password. Note that this process can take between three to five business days or as long as four weeks if all steps are not completed correctly.


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For a list of relevant application documents, go to the Package tab (press Preview) on the link above.

Informational Webinar Recording:

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
Competition 1: 2-4 awards. Competition 2: 3-5 awards. Competition 3: 2-3 awards.

Estimated Size of Grant
1. Improving Engagement Methods for Coastal Resilience Planning - Proposals can request up to $500,000 total.
2. Assessing Tradeoffs and Co-Benefits for Complex Decision-Making in Communities Facing Coastal Inundation and/or Inland Flooding - Proposals can request up to $475,000 total.
3. Identifying Complex Interactions between Social Infrastructure and Wildfire Risks to Improve Community Adaptive Capacity - Proposals can request up to $475,000 total.

Term of Contract
All projects should have a start date of September 1, 2023.

Projects for all three competitions are expected to last 4 years.

Contact Information
Please email LOIs to

Please visit the CPO website for further information at or contact the CPO Grants Manager, Diane Brown, at

Competition 1 manager:
Caitlin Simpson,

Competition 2 manager:
Ariela Zycherman,

Competition 3 manager:
Chelsea Combest-Friedman,

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