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Cooperative Agreements and Grants to USA IHEs, Nonprofits, Agencies,
Tribes, and For-Profits for Climate Change Research and Planning

Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) Program

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U.S. Department of Commerce - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) - Climate Program Office (CPO) - Regional Integrated Science and Assessments (RISA) and Adaptation Science Program (AdSci)

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01/18/22 5:00 PM ET Receipt


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Cooperative agreements and grants to USA and Territories IHEs, nonprofit organizations, governmental and tribal agencies, and commercial organizations for climate change research and planning activities. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended for research and planning activities that will assist vulnerable populations in weathering the effects of climate change.

The RISA program builds relationships that help local decision makers and researchers collaborate on adapting to climate change. Through regionally-focused and interdisciplinary research and engagement teams, RISA expands the Nation's capacity to adapt and become resilient to extreme weather events and climate change. RISA teams accomplish this through applied and co-developed research and partnerships with communities. A central tenet of the RISA program is that learning about climate adaptation and resilience is facilitated by and sustained across a wide range of experts, practitioners, and the public. As such, the RISA program supports a network of people, prioritizing wide participation in learning by doing, learning through adapting, and managing risk with uncertain information. 

The RISA program is holding four competitions (competition 4 in partnership with the Adaptation Science Program [AdSci]) under this Federal Funding Opportunity: 

  1. RISA teams for the following regions currently covered by the RISA program: West & Southwest; 
  2. RISA teams for the following regions new to the RISA program: U.S. Caribbean and Central Midwest; 
  3. Collaborative Planning Activities in the Upper Northeast and Appalachia; 
  4. Research on Complex Fiscal Pathways for Climate Adaptation in Rural Areas Across the U.S.

The RISA program encourages applicants and awardees to support the principles of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion when writing their proposals and while performing their work. Ensuring justice and equity means paying particular attention to populations most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, which are often low-income communities, historically marginalized communities, indigenous and tribal communities, those already overburdened by pollution, those who lack economic or social opportunity, and people facing disenfranchisement. Diversity here is defined as a collection of individual attributes that together help organizations achieve objectives. Inclusion is defined as a culture that connects each person to the larger organizing structure. Promoting justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion improves the creativity, productivity, and vitality of the communities in which the program engages.

Information about Program Priorities can be found at

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GrantWatch ID#: 193295

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Expected Number of Awards: 30

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It is anticipated that awards in competitions 1-2 will be funded at $1,000,000 per year for a total of $5,000,000 over five years plus an additional $180,000 small-grants component for some awards.

It is anticipated that competition 3 awards will be funded at $100,000 and competition 4 awards at $150,000.

Term of Contract:

Project/Award Period
1. Competition 1: RISA Teams are expected to last for 5 years
- Small-Grant Competition Components are expected to last 1-2 years, and can be carried out at any point throughout the five-year award period.
2. Competition 2: RISA Teams are expected to last for 5 years
- Small-Grant Competition Components are expected to last 1-2 years, and can be carried out at any point throughout the five-year award period.
3. Competition 3: Collaborative Planning Activities are expected to last 1 year.
4. Competition 4: Research on Complex Fiscal Pathways for Climate Adaptation in Rural Areas across the U.S. are expected to last 2 years.

Funding for successful applicants is expected to begin in early September 2022 for most approved projects. Applications should use September 1, 2022, as the start date unless otherwise directed by the Competition Manager.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education, other nonprofits, commercial organizations, international organizations, and state, local and Indian tribal governments. Federal agencies or institutions are not eligible to receive Federal assistance under this notice.

Fees and profits are disallowed.

Pre-Application Information:

- Letters of intent (LOIs) for all competitions should be received by email by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on October 19, 2021.
- The deadline for complete applications has been extended to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Jan 18, 2022.

All CPO programs have no cost sharing or matching requirements.

The purpose of the LOI process is to provide information to potential applicants on the relevance of their proposed project to the competition in advance of preparing a full application. Full applications will be encouraged only for LOIs deemed relevant. Applicants who have not submitted an LOI or have not been encouraged may still submit a full application. LOIs are strongly encouraged.

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 either encouraging or discouraging a full application based on its relevance to the targeted competition. It is then entirely up to the investigator whether to submit a full application.

DUNS Number: All applications must have a DUNS (Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System) number when applying for Federal grants. No application is deemed complete without the DUNS number, and only the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) may grant exceptions.

Unique Entity Identifier and System for Award Management (SAM) 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. To avoid delays, applicants are strongly encouraged to start early and not wait until the approaching application deadline before registering, logging in, reviewing the application instructions, and applying.


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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Questions and LOIs for competition 1, 2, and 3 should be submitted by email to and for competition 4 to

For 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

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