Funding Opportunity Announced for U.S. Regional Climate Frameworks Incorporating Local Human Influences for the Energy-Water-Land Nexus

DE-FOA-0001531: Regional and Global Climate Modeling and Integrated Assessment Research  An Integration Framework for Multi-Model, U.S. Regional Climate Evaluation that Incorporates Local Human Influences for Research at the Energy-Water-Land Nexus

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Regional and Global Climate Modeling (RGCM) and Integrated Assessment Research (IAR) programs are seeking pre-applications for proposals to lead breakthroughs in climate modeling and climate-human interdependencies that involve the energy-water-land nexus at global and regional scales. Funding from the RGCM program will focus on the development of an evaluation system for high-resolution climate projections with a major, if not exclusive, focus on the contiguous United States. Funding from the IAR program will support evaluation of evidence, model enhancements, and methods that can quantify the role localized human activities can have on weather patterns embedded within a regionally changing climate.

More information on BER’s climate modeling activities can be found at http://climatemodeling.science.energy.gov/, as well as in the Strategic Plan for Climate and Environmental Sciences Division. BER encourages potential applicants to review the documents and related websites in order to familiarize themselves with the RGCM and IAR activities and their strategic goals. Additional, relevant material are as follows:

1)    Water Cycle Workshop Report

2)    The Water-Energy Nexus: Challenges and Opportunities

3)    Climate Change Integrated Assessment Research Report

4)    Fact Sheets of funded efforts from the RGCM program

5)    Facts Sheets of funded efforts from the IAR program

6)    Frequently Asked Questions for FOA0001531

This effort is university led, but can have up to 40% participation from DOE Laboratories and other Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs).

Pre-applications are required and must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, March 7, 2016. All submission and inquiries about this Funding Opportunity Announcement should reference DE-FOA-0001531.

Please direct inquiries regarding this announcement to DOE program managers Renu Joseph or Bob Vallario.