The Collaborative Science, Technology and Applied Research (CSTAR) Program represents a NOAA/NWS effort to create a cost-effective transition from basic and applied research to operations and services through collaborative research between operational forecasters and academic institutions which have expertise in the environmental sciences. These activities engage university researchers and students in applied research needs of the operational meteorological community and improve the accuracy of NWS forecasts and warnings of environmental hazards by applying scientific knowledge and information to operational products and services.
The CSTAR Program has had a long and fruitful history. CSTAR projects address NWS science needs and priorities that have the potential to be applied nationally through the Operational Proving Ground (OPG) and the NOAA modeling program. Current research priorities are intended to improve the following: (i) lead-time and accuracy of forecasts and warnings for high impact events, including hurricanes; (ii) water resource information for decision support and situational awareness on various temporal and spatial scales. An upcoming Federal Funding Opportunity will be published by early 2018. Priorities for this opportunity are under development but will be in the areas of Next Generation Global Prediction modeling and testbeds and in the Hurricane Forecast Improvement Program.
In addition to the CSTAR Projects, the NWS funds additional grant opportunities in support of the Weather Ready Nation.