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Budget Process

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

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Updates

FY 2020 President's Budget Request

FY 2020 PB was released in April 2019. The FY20 President’s Request includes a total of $335.149M for OAR. This is a net decrease of $230.911M (approximately 41 percent) from the FY 2019 enacted levels.


NOAA will focus on three prioritize objectives: fulfilling the Weather Act, Expanding the Blue Economy, and Space Innovation. This request supports OAR’s continued and sustained operations, prioritizes OAR’s core functions and reduces extramural grants. OAR will continue to conduct research that contributes to the climate, weather, and ocean mission of NOAA.


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

Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019

On February 15, 2019, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 (Pub.L. 116-6) for FY 2019 was signed into law by President Trump. This provides a total of $5.54B for NOAA. This includes $3,772,477,000 for NOAA Operations, Research and Facilities (ORF) and $1,768,349,000 in Procurement, Acquisition and Construction (PAC).

OAR Operations, Research, and Facilities (ORF)OAR Climate Research is funded at $159M, a $1M increase from FY 2018 enacted.

Climate Research - OAR Climate Research is funded at $158.0M (equal to FY17 enacted).

  • Climate Research Labs and Cooperative Institutes: $61M ($1M increase from FY 2018 enacted)
  • Regional Climate Data and Information: $38M (equal to FY 2018 enacted including $13.5M provided for NIDIS)
  • Climate Competitive Research: $60M (equal to FY 2018 enacted)

Weather and Air Chemistry ResearchOAR Weather and Air Chemistry Research is funded at $135.4M, which is a $4M increase from FY 2018 enacted.

  • Weather and Air Chemistry Research Labs and Cooperative Institutes: $85.8M (equal to FY18 enacted)
  • U.S. Weather Research Program: $17M (an increase of $3.9M from FY 2018 enacted)
  • Tornado Severe Storm Research/Phased Array Radar: $12.6M (equal to FY 2018 enacted)
  • Joint Technology Transfer Initiative: $20M (equal to FY 2018 enacted)

Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes Research - Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes Research is funded at $218.5M, which is an increase of $12.7M from FY 2018 enacted.

  • Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes Research Labs and Cooperative Institutes: $36M (equal to FY 2018 enacted)
  • National Sea Grant College Program base: $68M ($3M increase from FY 2018 enacted)
  • Marine Aquaculture: $12M ($500K increase from FY 2018 enacted)
  • Ocean Exploration and Research: $42M ($5.5M increase from FY 2018 enacted)
  • Integrated Ocean Acidification: $12M ($1M increase from FY 2018 enacted)
  • Sustained Ocean Observations and Monitoring: $43M (increase of $177K from FY 2018 enacted)
  • Ocean Joint Technology Transfer Initiative: $0 (decrease of $3M from FY 2018 enacted, equal to FY 2019 PB)
  • National Oceanographic Partnership Program: $5.5M

OAR Procurement, Acquisition and Construction (PAC) - Research supercomputing PAC is funded at $41M, which is equal to FY 2018 enacted.

OAR ROUNDTABLES

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.

BUDGET

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.

STRATEGIC PLAN

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

SANDY SUPPLEMENTAL

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

Oar Headquarters

Phone: 301-713-2458
Address: 1315 East-West Highway Silver Spring, MD 20910

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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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