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2018 NOAA Science Report

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The NOAA Science Report celebrates NOAA’s research and development investments and accomplishments.  The introductory section explains why and what kinds of research NOAA invests in to achieve NOAA’s mission.  Thematic chapters illustrate recent R&D accomplishments in key strategic areas such as accelerating the blue economy, preparing for extreme weather events and improving weather forecasting to protect life and property. Together, these sections highlight how NOAA’s research products impact the lives of all Americans.

Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020

On December 20, 2019, the Congress passed the appropriation for the FY 2020 budget. The President signed both into law that same day. This provides a total of $5.49B for NOAA. This includes $3,956,213,000 for NOAA Operations, Research and Facilities (ORF) and $1,542,588,000  in Procurement, Acquisition and Construction (PAC).

See our budget page for details.

OAR Budget

The FY 2019 budget fiscal year ended on September 30, 2019 with Budget Execution Reporting:  Overall, OAR obligated 97.5% of ORF and 99.8% of PAC funding in FY19.

For details on OAR, see the NOAA Blue Book and Congressional Submission on the NOAA Budget Office page.

NOAA Research's Sandy Supplemental Program Overview

Sandy struck the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast coasts with powerful winds, rain, and storm surges that caused unprecedented damages in some of the nation’s most populous areas. The communities hit by Sandy will be rebuilding and recovering for years to come. This document provides more details on OAR's $74.7 million investment across four areas, approximately half of which will support extramural investigators.


Constituent involvement is essential to OAR's success as we strive to define our priorities and align them with the NOAA Five-Year Research Plan.


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 has updated its Strategic Plan to create a framework aligned with the NOAA 5-year Research & Development Plan released last year.


Read about OAR's $74.7 million investment across four areas, approximately half of which will support extramural investigators.


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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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