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External Affairs

NOAA Research external affairs serves as the liaison across our labs and programs, Cooperative Institutes, and Sea Grant as well as with partners across the research network such as universities and academic institutions engaged in research across ocean, weather, and climate, private sector, NGOs and science organizations. 

Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023

On December 29, 2022, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023 (Pub. L. 117-328) was signed into law by President Biden. This provides a total of $6.35B for NOAA. This includes $4.54B for NOAA Operations, Research and Facilities (ORF) and $1.76B in Procurement, Acquisition and Construction (PAC). 

For details on OAR, view our budget page.   

2022 NOAA Science Report

The NOAA Science Report is an annual report that highlights NOAA’s research and development achievements over the past year. In 2022, our achievements ranged from uncovering a 207-year-old whaling ship to upgrading critical air-quality forecasts to leveraging artificial intelligence to detect Harmful Algal Bloom Species. The report also highlights our award-winning workforce, diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, and bibliometrics.

The science highlights captured in this annual report are organized by the agency strategy: NOAA Research and Development Vision Areas: 2020-2026

Past years' reports are also available on the NOAA Science Council website


NOAA Research scientists attend meetings and scientific conferences throughout the year to foster learning and collaboration and promote research findings that enhance our understanding across the ocean, climate and weather enterprise.

Learn about upcoming events and find resources to communicate about these topics and their importance and impact on society.


Finding opportunities for students to join OAR is critical to our success as we build the future of our organization.


We receive many questions about the timing of the budget process. The timeline is intended as a guide to help explain the process from budget formulation to execution.


NOAA Research developed the OAR Strategy 2020-2026, to create a framework aligned with the NOAA Research and Development Vision Areas: 2020-2026.


NOAA supports the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), a campaign for transformational ocean science to improve ocean health and make sustainable development possible.


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Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) - or "NOAA Research" - provides the research foundation for understanding the complex systems that support our planet. Working in partnership with other organizational units of the NOAA, a bureau of the Department of Commerce, NOAA Research enables better forecasts, earlier warnings for natural disasters, and a greater understanding of the Earth. Our role is to provide unbiased science to better manage the environment, nationally, and globally.


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