The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) seeks public comments on a draft strategy documents for 'Omics. This strategy is intended to dramatically expand NOAA's application of this emerging science and technology focus areas by improving the efficiency, effectiveness, and coordination of its development and usage across the agency.
In recent years, individual NOAA programs and its multisector partners have worked to advance successful `omics solutions that improve the delivery of its respective missions.
The draft strategy NOAA developed for this science and technology focus areas directly follows guidance from the Administration and Congress, including the Office of Science and Technology Policy FY21 Research and Development Priorities letter, the National Science and Technology Council report “Science and Technology for America's Oceans: a Decadal Vision”, the Executive Order on Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence, the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act, and the Commercial Engagement Through Ocean Technology (CENOTE) Act.
The draft strategy will ensure robust agency-wide coordination and strong institutional support from NOAA senior leadership for this emerging science and technology focus area to guide transformational advances in the quality and efficiency of NOAA's science, products, and services.
In recognition of the opportunities and challenges presented by the advent of `omics tools (a suite of advanced methods used to analyze material such as DNA, RNA, or proteins), the NOAA `Omics Strategy provides a framework to advance the application of `omics to address mission priorities. The strategy leverages NOAA's current organizational structure to more effectively implement `omics through improvements in computational and analytical capacities, targeted research, technology transition, workforce proficiency, and partnerships across NOAA's lines, federal agencies, and extramural research and commercial communities.