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Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research
1315 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910

International Activites Office

To enable NOAA Research to develop new environmental tools and capabilities by fostering strategic international partnerships and providing critical support to its policy and operational needs.

Located in the Office of the Assistant Administrator for NOAA Research, the Office of International Activities (IA) plays a major role in facilitating international collaboration, and provides a bridge between the research community and the policy and administrative community, both internationally and domestically. By working closely with NOAA, universities, U.S. and foreign counterpart organizations, IA serves the needs of its laboratories and programs, as well as the national/international needs for sound scientific information for its policy and decision-makers. IA accomplishes its work through four operational functions:

Program Management
Administering bilateral ocean research agreements on behalf of the United States Government with counterparts in Japan, China, Russian and France.

Funding Opportunities
Capitalizing on emerging international opportunities to advance the NOAA Research agenda. The Office of International Activities develops new partnerships with USAID, the State Department, and other research organizations.

Administrative/Operational Support
Providing operational and policy guidance and support to the NOAA Research field elements.  Such support includes assistance with Country Clearance Cables, Memoranda of Understanding and Agreements, visas for foreign scientists visiting NOAA Research (IAP-66), international travel information, and international operational issues.

Advising NOAA leadership on international research policy issues relevant to the agency's mission. 

In meeting these objectives, the NOAA Research Office of International Activities works closely with other line and program offices in NOAA, other technical agencies (National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics & Space Administration, US Department of Agriculture, US Geological Survey), academia, the US foreign policy community (State Department and Office of Science and Technology Policy), and relevant counterparts overseas.