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Cooperative Program for Atmospheric Science Education

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Department of Commerce (DoC)


    NOAAs Environmental Literacy Program provides grants and in-kind support for programs that educate and inspire people to use Earth systems science to improve ecosystem stewardship and increase resilience to environmental hazards. We build capacity for institutions and networks to advance NOAAs mission through formal and informal education at national, regional, and local levels.

    The Environmental Literacy Program supports long-term partnerships that enable the education community to incorporate and deliver NOAA's latest scientific information on the topics of the ocean, coasts, weather, and climate. NOAA's Office of Education (OED) is requesting applications to establish an institutional award for a Cooperative Program for Atmospheric Science Education.

    This institutional award will support a long-term partnership with an organization of atmospheric science professionals with the capacity to offer and support (1) sustained professional development at a national scale for K-12 educators and the faculty and staff who educate pre-service teachers and (2) scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students in atmospheric and related ocean and hydrologic sciences who are recruited from or plan to matriculate in accredited 4-year colleges and universities in the United States and its territories.

    There are two target audiences of this funding opportunity:
    • formal K-12 educators (pre- or in-service) and
    • students pursuing baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate degrees in atmospheric, ocean, and hydrologic sciences.

    History of Funding

    None is available.

    Additional Information

    The proposed program should contain components designed to improve K-12 educators' understanding of the Earth system through atmospheric, ocean, and hydrologic sciences and support undergraduate and graduate scholars pursuing degrees in the fields of the atmospheric and related ocean and hydrologic sciences. These program components should address two or more of the goals and employ two or more objectives articulated in the 2015- 2035 NOAA Education Strategic Plan.

    Proposed components supporting the professional development of K-12 educators should:
    • use NOAA data, data products, and other NOAA assets;
    • include realistic and relevant inquiry-based learning experiences using online data products;
    • Integrate practices, core ideas, and crosscutting concepts from the National Research Council's Framework for K-12 Science Education;
    • introduce K-12 educators to the pedagogical content knowledge related to œThe Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for Atmospheric Science Literacy, œOcean Literacy: Essential Principles of Ocean Sciences, and œClimate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science;
    • include distance-learning and face-to-face components;
    • offer sustained interaction among peers and professional development providers that enables the educators deep exploration of the content and pedagogy;
    • build upon an existing professional development program (or programs);
    • involve NOAA scientists and other NOAA personnel as partners;
    • involve other partners among academic institutions and professional scientific organizations; and
    • allow participants to earn graduate-level credit-hours from an accredited US college or university


    Carrie McDougall

    Carrie McDougall
    NOAA Office of Education
    14th Street and Constitution Ave NW Room 6863
    Washington', DC 20230
    (202) 482-3384

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are nonprofit organizations and institutions of higher education.

    Deadline Details

    The deadline for applications is 11:59 pm EST on May 17, 2017 via

    Award Details

    Approximately $2,300,000 is available in total funding. One award will be granted. Proposed programs must be 5 years in duration and have annual federal requests between $300,000 to $500,000 for each year of the project for direct and indirect costs. Cost sharing/matching is not required.


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