For up-to-date details about NRDD technical issues and improvements, please view the NRDD Technical Bulletin.




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Looking forward to the next round of data collection, we are pleased to announce that the FY21 Import Template is now available.  Please note two changes that affect the Owners and the Strategic Plan tabs:

  1.  The PI and project team member affiliation data fields are no longer free text fields. Please pull from (or type to search) the dropdown menu to select the NOAA or External organization with which the PI or team member is affiliated.
  2. The new NOAA Vision Areas strategic plan was added, which replaced the expired 5 Year R&D Plan.  The Vision Areas will become a mandatory field in FY21, and the 5 Year R&D Plan will become an optional field in FY21.  

When you are ready to begin collecting data, please email us at to request an FY21 template.   (It is necessary that all import templates copies are created by the NRDD Admin team to ensure that the dropdown menus remain synced to our master dropdown list).

At this time, the import template is still only able to import new projects.  We are working on functionality to make it an import AND export template, and to enable updates to existing projects; however, development of this functionality has been delayed due to NOAA IT security protocols and is unlikely to be available prior to the next data call.

We encourage you to attend our monthly NRDD User Forum leading up to and during the data calls.  This is a venue in which NRDD announcements are shared, best practices are developed, and users are able to request system improvements and voice concerns.  




FY20 Project Actuals: Deadline January 31, 2021

Going forward, the Research & Development Enterprise Committee (RDEC) has decided to split NRDD data calls into two separate calls.  In the Spring of each year, project plans will be entered.  Then, in the Winter of that year, actuals will be entered.  We are beginning this new structure starting now, and are asking that you enter your FY20 Actuals by January 31, 2021.  The next data call for FY21 Project Plans will be due on May 31, 2021.

Instructions for Project Actuals: 

On the Project Goals Tab: update Actual Start Date, Actual End Date, Project Status, Deliverables & Milestone Actuals
On the Transitions Tab: update Current RL, RL Progress Table
On the Resources Table: update Actual FY20 Funds

Please note that at this time, the Import Template cannot be used to update existing projects.  All updates must be made directly in the database.  Please also note that your projects may not have updates at this time for all of the actuals fields, and that is ok!  We only ask that you make any updates that are relevant to your projects at this time.

An email announcement has been sent to all NRDD POCs as identified on the FY20 & FY21 Data Call POC List.  Please contact us with any changes to your POCs so that we can ensure they receive this notice.


March 20- July 31

FY19 Actuals and New Fields
FY20 Project Plans
FY17-18 Readiness Levels

March 20-April 19: FY19 Data gathering and Mandatory NRDD Training Sessions
April 20-May 19: FY19 Data input into NRDD and FY20 Data gathering
May20-July 31 (extended deadline)
: FY20 Data input into NRDD.

To support our users through this process, we have provided: 

NRDD 2020 Data Call Training Session Video
NRDD 2020 Data Call Training Slides
NRDD Data Fields Instructions

NRDD 2019 Annual Report 
Approving Manager Training Video


NOAA has released the 2020 NOAA Data Strategy. 

NOAA Data Strategy


The NRDD Query Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is now available.  The Query SOP provides detailed guidance for proper use and sharing of NRDD data.  It is required that all users conducting queries read this document prior to disseminating NRDD data.

The 2019 NRDD Annual Report has been released!  The report features high-level products that were created using NRDD data (click the image to view the full PDF).

Annual Report


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The FY20 Bulk Upload template is now available.  The bulk uploader is a spreadsheet that allows data for multiple projects to be uploaded into NRDD instantaneously in approved status.  The newest template version reflects the most recent field requirements and is built in GoogleSheets to allow for collaborative data collection.  At this time, the bulk uploader can only be used to create new projects. Please contact to request a copy for the upcoming data call.