research plans

The NOAA Research Council is the corporate body responsible for developing and maintaining NOAA's R&D strategic planning documents. Links to current and past planning documents and related material are available below.

Next NOAA Research and Development Plan

The NOAA Research Council is currently developing the NOAA Research and Development Strategic Priorities Plan for 2020-2026. The public comment period on the draft NOAA R&D Plan for 2020-2026 is now closed. Your comments will be used to help set the course for R&D at NOAA in the coming years. 


NOAA 5 Year Research and Development Plan - 2013-2017

The NOAA 5-Year Research and Development Plan for 2013 is available in a downloadable PDF, or quick-reference Executive Summary in PDF form.

NOAA 20-Year Research Vision

NOAA developed its 20-Year Research Vision in 2005 following on a review and recommendations from our Science Advisory Board. The document describes the vision of NOAA at the forefront of informing decision-makers and is available for download in a PDF format.


Please contact the Research Council Executive Secretariat at with any questions regarding the NOAA R&D strategic plans or 20-Year Vision.