COMET Outreach Program GOES-R Request for Proposals: Deadline Extended

Draft proposals are now due to the NWS by 11 April, and final proposals to COMET on 16 May. COMET is currently still accepting proposals for GOES-R Partners Proposals.

To prepare for new products that will be available starting in 2015 when the first GOES-R satellite is launched, the GOES-R Satellite Proving Ground has joined with the National Weather Service (NWS) forecast and warning community to conduct pre-operational demonstrations of selected capabilities.

In 2011, the NOAA/NESDIS GOES-R Program will fund a new Outreach Program activity to provide support for 4 Cooperative Projects and 8 Partners Projects. The purpose of this Request for Proposals (RFP) is to broaden the Proving Ground’s activities to encourage university researchers with satellite expertise to partner with current Proving Ground participants and/or new NWS offices in testing, validating, or finding innovative uses for GOES-R products. These NWS offices can include Weather Forecast Offices, River Forecast Centers Regional Headquarters, or National Specialized Centers, and we encourage the participation of offices not currently involved in the Proving Ground.

Funding will be available for:

  • Cooperative Projects: Four two-year Collaborative Projects with an annual funding limit of ~$45-50,000 for each year will be awarded. Proposals must be collaborative efforts with NWS offices that will advance the goals of the Proving Ground in innovative ways. Projects will be chosen in a competitive review process. Draft proposals are due to NWS SSD Chiefs or the NCEP Principal Scientist by 1 March 2011, and final proposals must be submitted to the COMET Outreach Program by 18 April 2011.
  • Partners Projects: These projects are smaller, more targeted efforts that will last one year and have an average funding level of ~$15,000 per project. Although more focused efforts than the Cooperative Projects (e.g., case studies or pilot studies rather than broader research), Partners Projects must also be collaborative efforts with NWS offices. These proposals will be accepted beginning now, reviewed as they are received, and will be funded based on the selection criteria until the 8 projects have been awarded.

For more information, see the full RFP at http://dev.comet.ucar.edu/outreach/goesr_rfp.html or contact the Outreach Program, Dr. Vickie Johnson at vjohnson-AT-comet.ucar.edu (phone: 303-497-8361).

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