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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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Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020

 On December 20, 2019, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 (Pub.L.116-93) for FY 2019 was signed into law by President Trump. 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). 

OAR Operations, Research, and Facilities (ORF) - OAR received $548.4 million in ORF funds, an increase of $23.3 million from FY 2019.

Climate Research - OAR Climate Research is funded at $169.5M, which is a $10.5M increase from FY 2019 enacted. This rejects the Arctic Research and Climate Competitive Research terminations within this subactivity. 

  • Climate Research Labs and Cooperative Institutes: $66.5M ($5.5M increase above the FY 2019 enacted)
  • Regional Climate Data and Information: $40M ($2M increase above the  FY 2019 enacted) 
  • $1.5M Increase for RISA 
  • Climate Competitive Research: $63M ($3M increase above the FY 2019 enacted)

Weather and Air Chemistry Research - OAR Weather and Air Chemistry Research is funded at $133.6M, which is a $1.7M decrease from FY 2019 enacted. 

  • Weather and Air Chemistry Research Labs and Cooperative Institutes: $82M ($3.7M decrease from the FY19 enacted) 
  • U.S. Weather Research Program: $23M (an increase of $6M from FY 2019 enacted) 
  • Tornado Severe Storm Research/Phased Array Radar: $13.6M (an increase of $1M above the FY 2019 enacted) 
  • Joint Technology Transfer Initiative: $15M (a decrease of $5M from the FY 2019 enacted) 
  • Accepts Airborne Phased Array Radar termination

Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes Research - Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes Research is funded at $228.5M, which is an increase of $10M above the FY 2019 enacted. 

  • Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes Research Labs and Cooperative Institutes: $35.5M (a decrease of $0.5M from the FY 2019 enacted)
  • National Sea Grant College Program base: $74M (rejects termination and provides a $6M increase above the FY 2019 enacted) 
  • Marine Aquaculture: $13M (a $1M increase above the FY 2019 enacted)
  • Ocean Exploration and Research: $42M (equal to the FY 2019 enacted)
  • Integrated Ocean Acidification: $14M ($2M increase above the FY 2019 enacted) 
  • Sustained Ocean Observations and Monitoring: $45M (an increase of $2M above the FY 2019 enacted) 
  • Termination of the Oceanographic Research Partnership Program (-$5.5M) is accepted, as is the creation of the National Oceanographic Partnership Program, which is funded at $5M.

Innovative Research and Technology - Innovative Research and Technology is funded at $16.8M, which is $4.6M above FY 2019 enacted. 

  • High Performance Computing Initiatives ORF - HPC ORF is funded at $16.8M, which is an increase of $4.6M above the FY 2019 enacted.
  • Research Transition Acceleration Program - RTAP is funded at $0M, which is equal to FY 2019 enacted and the FY 2020 PB. 

OAR Procurement, Acquisition and Construction (PAC) 

Research Supercomputing: Research supercomputing PAC is funded at $42M, which is a $1M increase above the FY 2019 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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