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New Publication! 2018 NOAA Science Report

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The newest annual Science Report is now available!  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.

OAR Budget

On September 27, 2019, the president signed a short-term continuing resolution (H.R. 4378) that keeps the federal government funded at fiscal year (FY) 2019 levels through November 21.

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). See our budget page for OAR details.

FY 2020 Senate Appropriations CJS Subcommittee Mark

The FY20 Senate Appropriations Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee Mark funded OAR at $572.2M, which is $237.1M above the FY20 President Budget request and $6.1M above the FY19 Enacted.

The Committee’s recommendation provides a total of $572.2M for OAR, which is $6.1M above FY19 enacted and $237.1M above the FY20 request. This includes $531.2M for OAR ORF, which is $6.1M above the FY19 enacted and $222.1M above the FY20 request. The Senate Mark recommends $41.0M for OAR PAC - Research Supercomputing, which is equal to FY19 enacted and $15M above the FY20 request.

For details on the OAR request, 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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