Climate Modeling FOA Announcements

  • November 22, 2021
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    Two Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) focusing on E3SM have recently been released: one is the Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC): Partnership in Earth System Model Development FOA (hereafter referred to as the SciDAC FOA), the other is the Earth System Model Development and Analysis FOA (hereafter referred to as the Modeling FOA).

    Some important information is highlighted below.


    The SciDAC FOA

    The SciDAC FOA solicits research in Earth system model development which will contribute to further development of the Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM) via collaborations between scientists from Earth sciences, applied mathematics, and computer science domains, that enable advanced modeling via mathematical and computational solutions and effective use of DOE high-performance computers. Total planned funding is up to $70 million over five years, with $14 million anticipated in Fiscal Year 2022 and out-year funding contingent on congressional appropriations. Each award amount ranges from $1 million to $3 million per year. Applications are open to universities, DOE national laboratories, nonprofit institutions, for-profit institutions, and other federal agencies.

    Targeted topics include: (1) Improved representations of one of the following topics including their properties, dynamics, variability and coupling to other processes in E3SM: the Atlantic Meridional Ocean Circulation (AMOC); the Antarctic Ice Sheet; marine biogeochemistry; and the quasi-biennial oscillation (QBO); (2) Improved physics and numerics to enhance coupling of the various components with high and variable resolutions of E3SM.

    Important dates for the SciDAC FOA

    • Submission Deadline for Pre-Applications: January 13, 2022 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time (A Pre-Application is required.)
    • Pre-Application Response Date: February 3rd, 2022 11:59 PM Eastern Time
    • Submission Deadline for Applications: April 11th, 2022 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time

    The Modeling FOA

    The Modeling FOA includes a Model Development Component and a Model Analysis Component. The former component is managed by the Earth System Model Development Program Area (ESMD) and applications should focus on model development research to advance E3SM predictability and capability. The latter component is managed by the Regional and Global Analysis Program Area (RGMA) with foci on analysis of Earth system process interactions, and feedbacks across scales using E3SM and other Earth system models to enhance a predictive understanding of the Earth system. This FOA is for new grants to universities, other academic institutions, non-profit organizations, for-profit organizations, and other federal agencies.

    It is anticipated that $ 10 million will be available for the two components under this FOA in Fiscal Year 2022. Funding is expected to be in the form of three-year grants with total award amounts ranging from $ 600,000 to $ 900,000 for each award.

    The topics for the Modeling FOA ESMD component include 1) improved representations of low-level clouds at both low and high spatial resolutions, or 2) improved treatment/parameterization of other key physical and biogeochemical processes including their coupling with various components of the high and variable resolution E3SM. The proposed research should target E3SM’s challenges to improve its accuracy and predictive capability.

    Important dates for the Modeling FOA

    • Submission Deadline for Pre-Applications: January 5, 2022 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time (A Pre-Application is required.)
    • Pre-Application Response Date: January 18, 2022 11:59 PM Eastern Time
    • Submission Deadline for Applications: March 7, 2022 11:59 PM Eastern Time


    Collaboration with E3SM

    Collaboration with an E3SM team member(s) is required for coordination and effective integration of the developments from the new awards into the E3SM effort. This requirement applies to applications to both the SciDAC FOA and the ESMD component of the Modeling FOA. Each of these two FOAs implement the requirement to include at least one E3SM team member in different ways, so please see the full FOA announcements for more information.

    In addition, applications to the SciDAC FOA require collaboration with the SciDAC Institutes.

    The interested applicants are strongly encouraged to read this article to understand the current challenges and status of E3SM before contacting E3SM team members.   

    E3SM team leaders and members, please expect to be contacted by interested applicants and respond accordingly. You can either work with the applicants yourself, or point them to another appropriate E3SM member.

    Please refer to the FOAs for more details and other critical information.

    Thanks in advance for your interest in Earth system predictability research and contributing to E3SM development!

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