Every year, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announces funding opportunities for fundamental research that helps to transform understanding of nature and advances the energy, economic, and national security of the United States.

The Atmospheric System Research (ASR) program, within DOE’s Office of Science, recently recommended 24 proposals submitted to Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0002034. The FOA invited applications for grant research aligned with ASR’s goal improving understanding of key cloud, aerosol, precipitation, and radiation processes that affect the Earth’s radiative balance and hydrological cycle, especially processes that limit the predictive ability of regional and global models.

Three review sub-panels evaluated 94 single and collaborative proposals submitted to the funding opportunity announcement’s four topics: aerosol processes at ARM sites, warm boundary-layer atmospheric processes, convective cloud processes, and Southern Ocean cloud and aerosol processes.

“I thank everyone who submitted proposals, and I also want to acknowledge the hard work of 49 members of the scientific community who reviewed the proposals,” says ASR Program Manager Shaima Nasiri. “They each contributed significant time and expertise to an exhaustive peer-review process.”

ASR awardees receive funding from the Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER), which focuses on understanding complex biological, climatic, and environmental systems for a secure and sustainable future. Once Fiscal Year 2019 funding awards are finalized, principal investigators, project titles, abstracts, and team members will be added to the ASR projects web page.

Following are the 27 principal investigators and their 24 recommended projects:

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 This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research as part of the Atmospheric System Research Program.