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Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS)

Number: 11.012
Agency: Department of Commerce
Office: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
11.012 Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS)
Federal Agency (030):
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce
Authorization (040):
Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act of 2009, 33 U.S.C 3601-3610.
Objectives (050):
To support projects aimed at the development and sustainability of a national and international integrated ocean observing system designed to collect, monitor and disseminate marine environment data in an interoperable, reliable, timely and user-specified manner by leveraging federal, regional and private-sector partnerships.
Types of Assistance (060):
Project Grants
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
IOOS is working to link national and regional observations, data management and modeling to provide required data and information on local to global scales. Assistance will be used to deliver the data and information needed to increase understanding of our oceans, coasts and great lakes, so decision makers can take action to improve safety, enhance the economy, and protect the environment. Uses will be in the following areas (1) Observations; (2) Data Management; (3) Modeling; (4) Research and Development; and (5) Education and Outreach. TBD.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
Organizations and individuals with professional expertise in the sciences, engineering and economics that demonstrate how participation in the IOOS effort builds on and furthers the progress of observing system development funded by this agency.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
Organizations and individuals with professional expertise in the sciences, engineering and economics that demonstrate how participation in the IOOS effort builds on and furthers the progress of observing system development funded by this agency.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
Proposals with statements of work and estimated budgets. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circulars (1) A-21 for agreements with education institutions; (2) A-87 for State and local governments; and (3) A-122 for nonprofit institutions. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedures (092):
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110.
Award Procedure (093):
Awards are made on the basis of proposals evaluations, technical reviews and administrative reviews, if applicable.
Deadlines (094):
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
: Approximately 150 to 210 days after the proposal submission deadline.
Appeals (096):
Not Applicable.
Renewals (097):
Extension requests will be considered by the federal program office only if the recipient has submitted all required performance reports. At least sixty days prior to the end of the award, recipients must discuss with their federal program officer expected reprogramming and extensions requests. After preliminary negotiation on proposed projects and extensions, formal written reprogramming and extension requests should be received by the federal program office 45 days prior to the end date of the award. The federal program office will not recommend approval for any retroactive extension request (received after the end date of the award). Recipients should make every effort to submit one extension request for all projects needing an extension (when possible, multiple extension requests should be avoided). With sufficient justification, the federal program office will recommend approval of a six-month extension for the first extension request. First time or cumulative extension requests for more than six months but less than 12 months, will need more compelling justification as to why the project was not completed on time or could not be completed within the first six-month extension. Although the federal program office discourages extensions of more than 12 months, the federal program office will recommend approval in cases where the funds are already obligated. Renewal of an award to increase funding or extend the period of performance is at the total discretion of the Department.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
Support for projects may be provided for periods up to 5 years in annual increments. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are released as required and agreed to in the Standard Terms and Conditions document applicable to each grant.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. The Federal Financial Report, Standard Form (SF) 425, and Performance Progress Reports are required semi-annually. No expenditure reports are required. No performance monitoring is required.
Audits (112):
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. Audits are required as applicable under OMB Circular No. A-133.
Records (113):
Records will be retained in accordance with 15 CFR Parts 14 and 24 for institutions of higher education, other non-profit organizations, and for State and local government.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Project Grants) FY 13 $26,304,823; FY 14 est $26,465,420; and FY 15 est $28,500,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
No Data Available.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: Data Management and Communications (DMAC) achievements included 11 IOOS Regions with Data Access Services; functional and useful IOOS data catalog; critical mass of client software; QARTOD manuals published for temp/salinity and quality flags; and the first implementation of IOOS Sensor Observation Service (SOS) by a private company. Fiscal Year 2014: IOOS intends to execute DMAC as defined in FY2013 and must engage other Federal agencies and non-Federal partners in their adoption of IOOS recommended standards and protocols. These efforts are aligned with the three National Ocean Service (NOS) priorities: (a) Improve end-to-end Response, Recovery, Restoration and Resiliency; (b) Enhance Coastal Marine Resource Conservation; and (c) Enhance Visibility and Relevance of NOS to the Nation.

The U.S. IOOS Program Office will begin accepting applications from qualified organizations to become certified Regional Information Coordination Entities (RICEs) under the authority of the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act of 2009 (ICOOS Act). Certification will demonstrate that entities integrated into the System are, for the purposes of determining liability arising from the dissemination and use of observation data, considered part of NOAA. Fiscal Year 2015: IOOS intends to complete a programmatic environmental assessment (PEA) of the observing activities regularly occurring in the environment as a direct result of cooperative agreements funded by this program. The PEA will demonstrate the program’s commitment to fully consider the impacts of NOAA’s proposed actions on the quality of the human environment.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
Allowable costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular A-87 for State and local governments and Indian Tribes; OMB Circular A-122 for nonprofit and for- profit organizations; OMB Circular A-21 for institutions of higher education; and 48 CFR Part 31 for commercial organizations. Financial assistance management will be in accordance with 15 CFR Part 14 for institutions of higher education, hospitals, and other non-profit and commercial organizations, and with 15 CRF Part 24 for state and local governments. Further guidelines are outlined in Department Administrative Order 203-36, dated May 15, 1985 (Department of Commerce Grants Administration) and also the NOAA Grants and Cooperative Agreement Policy Manual.
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
See Regional Agency Offices.
Headquarters Office (152):
Zdenka S. Willis Zdenka S. Willis, NOAA Integrated Ocean Observing System Program, 1100 Wayne Avenue, Suite 1225, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Telephone: (301) 427-2420

Carl Gouldman, Deputy Director, NOAA Integrated Ocean Observing System Program, 1100 Wayne Avenue, Suite 1225, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Telephone: (301) 427-2435

Regina A. Evans, Federal Program Officer, NOAA Integrated Ocean Observing System Program, 1100 Wayne Avenue, Suite 1225, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Telephone: (301) 427-2422

, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 Phone: 301-427-2420
Website Address (153):
http://www.ioos.noaa.gov/
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Fiscal Year 2013: Coastal and Ocean Modeling Testbed projects included estuarine hypoxia forecasting in Chesapeake Bay, shelf hypoxia forecasting in the Gulf of Mexico, inundation forecasting in an island environment in the Caribbean, testing of models for a West Coast Operational Forecasting System and a cyber-infrastructure project developing tools to compare and archive model and observation data sets. Fiscal Year 2014: It is projected that IOOS will establish a research and development program to develop and improve marine sensors. The IOOS Marine Sensor Innovation Improvement Program will make competitive, extramural awards available. Resources will be targeted to sensor systems that are beyond their research phase, with specific emphasis on transitional and life cycle costs, including data management, overall operations, and maintenance expenses.

Marine Sensor Innovation projects will include detection of ice frazils in the Arctic; utilization of environmental sensor processors to detect Harmful Algal Blooms in Juan de Fuca in near-real time; development of an integrated nutrient observatory in Northeastern U.S.; integration of the Imaging Flow CytoBot (IFCB) in the South San Francisco Bay to monitor HABs; and development and testing of new, low-cost ocean acidification sensors in the Pacific Northwest. Fiscal Year 2015: IOOS will work with federal and non-federal partners to launch demonstration projects for the U.S. Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (Marine BON), which is being designed to integrate across existing monitoring programs, fill biodiversity observing gaps, and make biodiversity data more accessible. Successful projects will be supported by NOAA, NASA, BOEM and possibly other partners.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
Proposals are subject to office evaluations, technical reviews, administrative reviews, and externals reviews, if applicable, taking into consideration primarily scientific merit and application to the goals of NOAA and the relevant federal program office.