NOAA FY 2024 Small Business Innovation Research Phase I NOFO

Active
No
Status
Closed
Release Date
September 28th, 2023
Open Date
September 28th, 2023
Due Date(s)
December 20th, 2023
Close Date
December 20th, 2023
Topic No.
9.4

Topic

Water Availability, Quality, and Risk

Agency

Department of CommerceNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Program

Type: SBIRPhase: Phase IYear: 2024

Summary

The Department of Commerce, specifically the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is seeking proposals for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I program for the fiscal year 2024. The specific topic of the solicitation is "Water Availability, Quality, and Risk" (Topic 9.4). The U.S. is facing emerging threats to economic and national security, as well as ecosystem and habitat health, due to competing demands for a limited and stressed water supply, aging water infrastructure, degrading water quality, population growth, and climate change. The goal of this solicitation is to address these challenges by developing new observations, tools, and modeling approaches that leverage available data and technology. The research topics include, but are not limited to, helping communities prepare for and respond to drought and flooding, managing water quality risks in coastal environments, improving water forecasts in the face of climate change, increasing efficiencies in water usage in various sectors, and developing weather- and climate-related information relevant to food security needs. The Phase I program provides funding for feasibility studies and proof-of-concept research. The project duration is typically six months, and funding specifics can be found on the grants.gov website. The application due date for this solicitation is December 20, 2023.

Description

Water Availability, Quality, and Risk --- Topic 9.4

Societal Challenge The U.S. is facing emerging threats to our economic and national security and ecosystem and habitat health from competing demands for our increasingly limited and stressed water supply and other water risks nationwide, in the context of aging water infrastructure, degrading water quality, population growth, and climate change.

Overview Water is essential for life and is inexorably linked to environmental protection, sustainable development, and international peace and security. Too much water, too little water, or poor water quality endangers life, property, communities, economies, and ecosystems. Water challenges affect all economic sectors, from agriculture to utilities, and the impacts are escalating. There is a need for new observations and tools, as well as the use of more physically-based water modeling and fully coupled Earth system modeling approaches that leverage the rapid expansion of available data and technology.

Examples of appropriate research topic areas for applications from small businesses include, but are not limited to products and services that accomplish the following objectives:

● Help communities better prepare for, adapt, and respond to drought and flooding ● Support understanding and management of water quality risks in rivers, lakes, estuaries and other coastal environments impacted by flooding and long term inundation ● Support integrated or improved water forecasts to support the management of water resources, water supply, and risk in the face of water stress exacerbated by climate change ● Support increased efficiencies in water usage in the transportation, hydropower, and agriculture sectors ● Facilitate the development of an integrated suite of weather- and climate-related information relevant to food security needs