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Innovative Public Communication Technologies and Decision Support Tools


Summary: Effective and reciprocal engagement with stakeholders and communication of its science and services to the public are key elements of NOAA’s Engagement Enterprise.  There is a clearly stated need for developing and using newer technologies and approaches for better and more timely delivery of information and knowledge to the users.  Also, stakeholder response and engagement are essential for NOAA to develop its programs and priorities as a service agency.

Many of the challenges that NOAA helps address do not stem from a lack of information, but from an uneven distribution of information.  The best way for NOAA to meet the needs of its stakeholders is often to better deliver data and knowledge to those who have not yet accessed it.

NOAA is requesting proposals that provide innovative technologies for communicating NOAA’s science and data products with the public.  Examples of appropriate topics for research and technology development applications from small businesses include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Design of new and innovative decision support tools for government and emergency responders that incorporate and deliver NOAA data in real-time to the public in an easily accessible and understandable format such as:
    • Cell phone or tablet applications
    • Websites or stand-alone computer programs
    • Innovative user-interfaces for displaying complex geospatial data in ways that are easily understandable to the non-scientist
  • Development of applications or technologies that engage stakeholder groups at the community level to improve NOAA’s capacity to efficiently inform decision-making
  • Creation of technologies that improve the use and understanding of NOAA’s scientific information, products, and services within the educational community
  • Development of innovative communication technologies that improve public comprehension and use of NOAA’s scientific information, products, and services

·         Creation of applications that integrate local and cultural knowledge to support effective communication of NOAA’s scientific information, products, and services



Phase I Deliverables:


  • Detailed proof of concept report describing the results of the research / technology development completed in Phase I
  • Description of where the principal investigator expects the project to be at the end of Phase II including a description of how this research / technology will be commercialized


Phase II Deliverables:


  • A prototype system that has been used to demonstrate the success of the research / technology development
  • A detailed report on the demonstration of the prototype system including the results of the demonstration
  • A thorough plan that describes approaches for transitioning this prototype system into the commercial marketplace 
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