The NOAA Chief Scientist’s Annual Report provides a corporate-level overview of NOAA’s Research and Development (R&D) activities, including a clear expression of the agency's research portfolio logic. As the nation’s environmental intelligence agency, with a legacy reaching back more than 200 years, NOAA supports a research enterprise that is a rich blend of disciplines, methods, and objectives. This document, a first of its kind, highlights NOAA’s progress towards meeting agency priorities in R&D, scientific integrity, and workforce development.
From daily forecasts, severe storm warnings, climate monitoring, fisheries management, coastal restoration, and supporting marine commerce, NOAA’s products and services support economic vitality and affect more than one-third of America’s gross domestic product. NOAA scientists use cutting-edge research and high-tech instrumentation to provide citizens, planners, emergency managers, and other decision makers with reliable information they need, when they need it—and all for less than 5 cents per day for each American.
On March 23, 2018, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (Pub.L. 115–141) for FY2018 was signed into law by President Trump. This provides a total of $5.77B for NOAA. This includes $3.53B for NOAA Operations, Research and Facilities (ORF) and $2.29B in Procurement, Acquisition and Construction (PAC). See our budget page for OAR details.
In February 2018, the White House released the FY19 President’s Budget. A full-year 2018 appropriation was not enacted at the time the FY 2019 Budget was prepared; therefore, the Budget is built off of the Further Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 (P.L. 115-123). The amounts included for 2018 reflect the annualized level provided by the continuing resolution. All other comparisons and discussions of the budget request and policy will use the Annualized CR as the base.
In FY 2019, NOAA requests a total of $2,937.8 million for ORF and $1,623.0 million for PAC.
The FY 2019 Budget requests $321.7 million to support OAR’s continued and sustained operations. For details on the OAR request, see the NOAA Blue Book and Congressional Submission on the NOAA Budget Office page.
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.
The Office of 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.