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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FY 2022 President's Budget was released in May 2021. The FY21 President’s Request includes a total of $815.669M for OAR. This is a net increase of $204.878M (34 percent) from the FY 2021 levels.
The FY 2022 request will allow OAR to provide robust science that is instrumental to saving lives and property, managing natural resources, and maintaining a strong economy. With this funding, OAR research will continue to advance NOAA science and services by providing better forecasts and improving understanding of the Earth and its processes.
For details on the OAR request, see the NOAA Blue Book (PDF; OAR section begins on p. 55) and FY22 Congressional Justification (PDF; OAR section begins on p. 479) on the NOAA Budget Office page. Additional information is also available in the NOAA press release.
On December 27, 2020, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (Pub. L. 116-260) was signed into law by President Trump. This provides a total of $5.65B for NOAA. This includes $4.10 billion for NOAA Operations, Research and Facilities (ORF) and $1.55 billion in Procurement, Acquisition and Construction (PAC).
OAR Operations, Research, and Facilities (ORF) - OAR received $570.6 million in ORF funds, an increase of $22.2 million from FY 2020.
Climate Research - OAR Climate Research is funded at $182.0M, which is a $12.5M increase from FY 2020 enacted. This rejects the proposed AOML Climate Research, Arctic Research and Climate Competitive Research terminations within this subactivity.
Weather and Air Chemistry Research - OAR Weather and Air Chemistry Research is funded at $139.4M, which is a $5.7M increase from FY 2020 enacted. This rejects the proposed ARL Closure, and Vortex-SE and Infrasonic terminations within this subactivity.
Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes Research - Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes Research is funded at $231.5M, which is an increase of $2.9M above the FY 2020 enacted.
Innovative Research and Technology - Innovative Research and Technology is funded at $17.8M, which is $1.0M above FY 2020 enacted.
OAR Procurement, Acquisition and Construction (PAC) - OAR received $43.5M in PAC funds, an increase of $1.5M from FY 2020 enacted.
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 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.
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.