Dear CIRES colleagues, 

September 1, we will begin our new cooperative agreement with NOAA, and I remain delighted that we have the opportunity to continue our longstanding relationship with the agency. 

Many of you have wondered about the conventions we plan to use in paper affiliations, professional bios, etc. I am providing guidance below, and we can discuss this further at tomorrow’s Town Hall. While this information is of practical value primarily for our NOAA-based people, I am sending this note to All-CIRES so everyone is aware.

Please be in touch with Associate Director for Science, Christine Wiedinmyer, and Communications Director, Katy Human, if you have questions or concerns. 

Sincerely, 
Waleed Abdalati 
CIRES Director


Overall Guidance

  1. CIRES remains CIRES, an institute of the University of Colorado Boulder, and we collaborate closely with NOAA. 
  2. The NOAA cooperative agreement that will soon be funding ~50% of our institutional research is NA22OAR4320151, for the Cooperative Institute for Earth System Research and Data Science (CIESRDS). 
  3. Most CIRES people embedded in NOAA teams are officially part of this new CIESRDS, and remain employees of CIRES. 
  4. The CIESRDS/CIRES/CU Boulder/NOAA relationship will be confusing to many audiences. Please seek accurate ways to simplify, eg: 
    1. I am part of CIRES at CU Boulder. We partner with NOAA.
    2. I work in a NOAA laboratory as a CU Boulder employee; I’m part of an institute called the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences. 

Paper Affiliations & Acknowledgements

  1. As of September 1, 2022, most CIRES researchers at NOAA are funded under a new cooperative agreement (CA) and should acknowledge this in all papers. In some cases, you should also include support of the old CA, too, depending on when the research & paper submission took place:  
    1. Old CA: NA17OAR4320101 – Sept 1, 2017-Aug 31, 2023
    2. New CA: NA22OAR4320151 – Sept 1, 2022-Aug 31, 2027
    3. Sample acknowledgments: 
      1. This research was supported (in part / by / etc.) NOAA cooperative agreements NA17OAR4320101 and NA22OAR4320151. 
      2. This research was supported (in part / by / etc.) NOAA cooperative agreement NA22OAR4320151 
  2. CIRES researchers should include their CIRES affiliation in all publications. NOAA laboratories and centers also appreciate affiliations, so please use both, eg: 
    1. 1=Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, CU Boulder; 2=NOAA Chemical Sciences Laboratory (or PSL, NCEI, etc.) 
  3. Include your CIRES affiliation on other communications, too, including emails, presentations, conference abstracts, seminar announcements and quotes in news stories. Please do not represent yourself as a federal employee.
  4. CIRES Visiting Fellows can acknowledge CA funding as shown below, depending on when the research took place (see 1ci and 1cii above for dates): 
    1. [NAME] was supported by the CIRES Visiting Fellows Program and the NOAA Cooperative Agreement NA22OAR4320151. 
    2. [NAME] was supported by the CIRES Visiting Fellows Program and NOAA cooperative agreements NA17OAR4320101 and NA22OAR4320151

Professional Bio Guidance

[NAME] is a [type of researcher/scientist/developer, etc]  at CIRES, the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences—an 850-person institute of the University of Colorado Boulder that has partnered with NOAA for more than 50 years. She/he works closely with NOAA’s [lab/center/line office].