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Drought in Action

Funding Opportunities

NIDIS and its partners offer a variety of funding opportunities related to drought early warning research across many sectors and fields, including science, education, and technology.

Competitive Funding Opportunities

These featured competitive funding opportunities support advancing drought early warning across a variety of sectors and are offered by NIDIS and partnering agencies and organizations.

Coping with Drought Research Competition
NOAA/National Integrated Drought Information System

October 18, 2021

NIDIS's Coping with Drought funding competition supports research that assesses impacts of drought on agriculture, ecosystems, and water resources and develops decision support tools for regional, state, and local use. 

For FY 2022, NIDIS is hosting two Coping with Drought competitions:

  • Ecological Drought
  • Building Tribal Drought Resilience

Letters of intent (LOIs) for both competitions should be received by email by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on August 9, 2021. Full applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on October 18, 2021.

Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections (MAPP)
NOAA/Climate Program Office

Part of NOAA's Climate Program Office, the Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections (MAPP) Program hosts annual funding competitions soliciting proposals on climate-related topics. NIDIS supports drought-focused funding competitions through MAPP, focusing on improving drought monitoring and prediction systems.

This year's MAPP competitions focus on advancing climate monitoring and model diagnostic activities. Drought-focused competitions will be available in future years.

Tribal Climate Resilience Program
DOI/Bureau of Indian Affairs

The Tribal Resilience Program (TRP) is an annual awards program that is designed to reinforce preparedness through tribally-designed resilience training, adaptation planning, vulnerability assessments, supplemental monitoring, capacity building, and youth engagement. TRP's focus lies primarily on impacts associated with harmful environmental trends on tribal and treaty trust resources, economies, infrastructure, and human health and safety.

The 2021 Notice of Funding Opportunity closed on April 28, 2021.

WaterSMART Drought Response Program
DOI/Bureau of Reclamation

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's Drought Response Program supports a proactive approach to drought by providing assistance to water managers to develop and update comprehensive drought plans and implement projects that will build long-term resiliency to drought.

This year's deadline for applications was January 6, 2021. View the FY 2021 Drought Contingency Planning FOA.

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
DHS/Federal Emergency Management Agency

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA's) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) helps communities enact hazard mitigation measures that reduce the risk of loss of life and property from future disasters. 

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities
DHS/Federal Emergency Management Agency

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) is a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) pre-disaster hazard mitigation program that supports states, local communities, tribal nations, and territories as they undertake hazard mitigation projects reducing the risks they face from disasters and natural hazards.

The latest application period ended on January 29, 2021.

Additional Funding Opportunities
NIDIS-funded Coping with Drought and MAPP projects in FY 2020
$7.7 million
in funding for FY 2020 Coping with Drought and MAPP projects (over the projects' lifetime)
15 years
since NIDIS began funding the Coping with Drought competition in 2007

Featured FY 2020 Coping with Drought Research

Since 2012, NIDIS has funded more than 80 grants for research projects advancing drought early warning across a variety of sectors through the Coping with Drought research competition and the Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections (MAPP) Program's funding competitions, in addition to supporting other drought research across sectors and regions. Below are examples of research NIDIS is currently supporting through the FY 2020 Coping with Drought competition. View all FY 2020 Coping with Drought awardees.

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Visualizing ecological drought impacts, vulnerabilities, and drivers to inform deliberate decision-making

Principal Investigator:
Shelley Crausbay, Conservation Science Partners

Droughts of the 21st century are characterized by hotter temperatures, greater spatial extent, and longer duration. Reductions in water available to natural systems are increasingly exacerbated by human water use. This situation leads to ecological impacts from drought that ripple through human communities that depend on those ecosystems for critical goods and services. Despite the high costs to both nature and people, current drought research, management, and policy perspectives often fail to evaluate how drought affects ecosystems and the “natural capital” they provide to human communities. This project will provide a foundation of understanding ecological drought vulnerability to support participatory planning processes that integrate ecological drought. The team will produce integrated science products to improve our understanding of how drought indices, landscape context, ecological condition, and human water use relate to ecological thresholds. This will allow natural resource managers and drought planners to better anticipate ecological impacts and downstream effects on human communities.

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Evaluation of Drought Indicators for Improved Decision-Making in Public Health and Emergency Preparedness: Reducing Drought’s Burden on Health

Principal Investigator:
Jesse Bell, University of Nebraska Medical Center

This project will take an interdisciplinary approach to improve public health understanding of drought early warning and planning to reduce negative health impacts on at-risk populations in the United States. Health departments and healthcare professionals need reliable information to effectively prepare and warn constituents of pending natural and biological threats. Public health guidance documents and other tools are available for officials to help address drought, but these materials lack effectiveness if the linkages between drought and health are not fully understood. The project will analyze multiple drought indices to identify potential regional health outcomes. The findings will benefit public health professionals or emergency planners by showing utility for certain drought indicators in predicting health outcomes and enable the production of specialized messaging for at-risk populations.

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Linking Indicators of Drought Hazard to Multi-Sectoral Impacts: An Application to California

Principal Investigator:
Alvar Escriva-Bou, Public Policy Institute of California

One of the challenges facing drought preparedness is how to refine linkages between drought indicators and drought impacts across multiple sectors and to identify triggers and thresholds for drought response. This is particularly challenging in the western U.S., where extensive water storage and conveyance systems help mitigate local drought conditions. In these settings, current indicators of drought hazard—which focus on local supply conditions—may have limited connection with actual water scarcity. This project seeks to develop a methodology for evaluating impacts in water and land use sectors in regions that have extensive water storage and conveyance systems.