The mission of the NOAA Research Council is to ensure all NOAA research and development (R&D) activities are strategically managed across NOAA to fulfill the Agency’s science mission and improve its service and stewardship missions in accordance with NOAA’s corporate vision, goals, objectives, and priorities. The purview of the NOAA Research Council is the conduct and management of R&D (both conducted and funded), as defined in NOAA Administrative Order (NAO) 216-115. This includes issues of oversight and policy to ensure that NOAA R&D activities are of the highest scientific quality, meet near- to long-term NOAA mission requirements and societal needs, take advantage of emerging scientific and technological opportunities, shape a forward-looking research agenda, and are accomplished in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

The Council Terms of Reference defines the mission, responsibilities, authorities, and processes of the NOAA Research Council.