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Grants to USA Individuals and Nonprofits for Research Related to the Atmosphere

Atmospheric System Research (ASR)

GrantWatch ID# 206569
Agency: Federal

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - Office of Science (SC) - Biological and Environmental Research (BER)
Funding or PIN Number: DE-FOA-0002850

Geographic Focus
USA: AlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew York CityNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirginiaWashington, DCWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyoming

Important Dates
LOI Date: 12/08/22
Deadline: 02/23/23 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Grant Description
Grants to USA individuals and nonprofit organizations for research related to the atmosphere. Applicants must register in the online systems to submit the required pre-application and full application; this may take several weeks to finalize. Funding is intended to support research on key cloud, aerosol, precipitation, and radiative transfer processes that affect the Earth’s radiative balance and hydrological cycle, especially processes that limit the predictive ability of regional and global models.

The DOE SC program in Biological and Environmental Research (BER) hereby announces its interest in receiving applications for Atmospheric System Research (ASR) within BER’s Earth and Environmental Systems Sciences Division (EESSD). ASR supports research on key cloud, aerosol, precipitation, and radiative transfer processes that affect the Earth’s radiative balance and hydrological cycle, especially processes that limit the predictive ability of regional and global models. This FOA solicits research grant applications for observational, data analysis, and/or modeling studies that use observations supported by BER, including the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) user facility, to improve understanding and model representation of:

  1. Cloud, aerosol, precipitation, and thermodynamic processes from ARM’s Tracking Aerosol Convection Interactions Experiment (TRACER);
  2. Cloud, aerosol, precipitation, and radiation processes from ARM’s Surface Atmosphere Integrated Field Laboratory (SAIL);
  3. Warm boundary layer atmospheric processes; and
  4. Southeast U.S. atmospheric processes through early use of observations from the third ARM Mobile Facility (AMF3).

All research supported by awards under this FOA is intended to benefit the public through increasing the understanding of the Earth system.

The goal of ASR is to quantify the interactions among aerosols, clouds, precipitation, and radiation to improve understanding of key cloud, aerosol, precipitation, and radiation processes that affect the Earth’s radiative balance and hydrological cycle, especially processes that limit the predictive ability of regional and global models. For the most part, ASR investments are based on measurements of radiation, aerosols, clouds, precipitation, thermodynamics, turbulence, and state variables from the ARM user facility. ARM’s continuous observational datasets are supplemented with process models, laboratory studies, and shorter-duration ground-based and airborne field campaigns to target specific atmospheric processes in different atmospheric and climatic regimes and across a range of spatial and temporal scales. ASR’s four priority research areas are focused on reducing the large uncertainties in Earth system prediction that can be traced to: aerosol processes, warm boundary-layer processes, convective processes, and high-latitude processes. Specific topics solicited in ASR funding opportunity announcements vary from year to year to take advantage of new ARM data, respond to ASR-relevant workshop reports, and maintain a balanced research portfolio. Not all ASR priority research areas will be solicited every year.

ASR’s FOA topics change from year to year to ensure breadth across the program and to take advantage of observations from recent ARM campaigns. A list of eligible topics can be found starting at


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
All types of domestic applicants are eligible to apply, except nonprofit organizations described in section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 that engaged in lobbying activities after December 31, 1995.

Non-domestic institutions may be proposed as team members in a multi-institutional team and may be proposed as subrecipients under another organization’s application.

Individuals with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as a principal investigator (PI) are invited to work with their organizations to develop an application. Individuals from underrepresented groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for assistance.

An individual researcher at an institution may be nominated as senior personnel (principal investigator, co-investigator, or any other key role) on up to two applications submitted in response to this FOA but may have the role of principal investigator on only one of them.

Federally affiliated entities must adhere to the eligibility standards at

Pre-Application Information
- Post Date: October 27, 2022
- Pre-application Due Date: December 8, 2022 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time. A Pre-application is Required.
- Pre-application Response Date: January 5, 2023 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
- Application Due Date: February 23, 2023 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

SC requires applicants to submit their applications online through
- Organizations must have an active System for Award Management (SAM) registration which provides a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI), and account to apply for grants. If individual applicants (those submitting on their own behalf) are eligible to apply for this funding opportunity, they need only refer to steps 2 and 3 on

- Creating a account can be completed online in minutes, but SAM registration may take several weeks. Therefore, an organization's registration should be done in sufficient time to ensure it does not impact the entity's ability to meet required application submission deadlines.

Pre-applications are created in the software system of your choice and must be submitted electronically through the DOE SC Portfolio Analysis and Management System (PAMS) website You cannot draft or edit a pre-application in PAMS. You are encouraged to register for an account in PAMS at least a week in advance of the LOI submission deadline so that there will be no delays with your submission.

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Estimated Size of Grant
- $945,000 total for 3-year projects submitted to topics 1, 2, or 3.
- $630,000 total for 2-year or 3-year projects submitted to topic 4 or for 2-year projects submitted to topics 1, 2, or 3.

- $200,000 total for either 2-year or 3-year projects.

Term of Contract
DOE anticipates making awards with a project period of two or three years, as best fits the project.

Contact Information
Direct questions to:
Technical/Scientific Program Contacts:
Dr. Jeff Stehr

Dr. Shaima L. Nasiri

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