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 draft NOAA Research and Development (R&D) Plan for 2020-2026 can be found here

A public comment period on the draft NOAA (R&D) Plan for 2020-2026 is now open. Your comments will be used to help set the course for R&D at NOAA in the coming years. Please provide your input via email to and include the subject line "NOAA R&D Plan Public Comment". Comments are due by August 26, 2019. For more information, please see the Federal Register Notice.

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.