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NOAA has released its draft Five-Year Research and Development (R&D) Plan for public comment, to be accepted from May 3 – June 3, 2013.  NOAA is seeking public input on the plan because your input is important to setting the course for R&D at NOAA in the coming years.

R&D at NOAA increases our understanding of the world and produce applications that improve how the agency fulfills its mission of science, service, and stewardship. NOAA seeks an understanding of the global ocean-atmosphere system and the ecosystems it supports to inform decision-making aimed at building a more sustainable society. Such a broad portfolio creates many challenges and opportunities for R&D at NOAA.  For a mission-based agency, strategic, directed, and use-inspired research is key to meeting NOAA’s mission to serve society. 

The draft NOAA Five Year R&D Plan is the third Research Plan produced by NOAA and the first to explicitly include “development” as part of the research enterprise.  It also includes ways to define success, evaluate progress, and transition research outcomes to applications.  In addition to publicly documenting the course of NOAA’s R&D, the Plan will

Led by the NOAA Research Council, the draft NOAA Five Year R&D Plan has been developed across the agency as a whole and with input from stakeholders. Please provide your input to further strengthen the plan. When providing comments, please consider how best to

The plan will be revised based on comments received during this public comment period. To provide comments, please visit and follow the instructions.   The public comment period officially ends on June 3, 2013. This is your opportunity to provide input into NOAA’s R&D portfolio prior to the release of the final version this summer.