World Meteorological Organization: Voluntary Cooperation Programme

World Meteorological Organization

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Atmospheric Sciences Oceanography Hydrology

Applicant type: Government Entity

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research, Project / Program

Location of project: Afghanistan; Albania; Algeria; Angola; Argentina Show all

Location of residency: Afghanistan; Albania; Algeria; Angola; Argentina Show all

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In 1967, WMO set up the Voluntary Cooperation Programme (VCP) to encourage support and collaboration between the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) of its currently 189 Member countries. The VCP focuses on meeting the needs of Members through direct financing, and / or transfer of expertise and technology between Members. Since its inception, the programme has been successful in providing significant support to mainly developing and least developed countries. Its success is due largely to the willingness of WMO Members to share scientific knowledge and the latest technological advances. While the donor countries provide equipment, fellowships, expertise and financing, the recipient countries ensure their effective use by providing considerable counterpart contributions from national resources, such as local infrastructure, staffing and operational costs. WMO is striving to expand this network by creating more linkages among NMHSs, bringing more members into the programme and therefore strengthening the spirit of cooperation and friendship.

The VCP programme supports projects that enhance the capacity of meteorological and hydrological services to provide the weather and climate services needed by their communities. Support may be provided in the form of direct funding, equipment, education and training, fellowships and expert services.

Areas of support 

The World Meteorological Congress decides the main areas of cooperation that should be supported under the under the VCP programme. Currently these are:     

  • Implementation of the World Weather Watch (WWW) as first priority
  • Short-term and long-term fellowships    
  • Short-term training seminars for personnel engaged in WWW and other activities covered under the VCP programme    
  • Support to meteorological applications    
  • Support to the activities of the Hydrology and Water Resources Programme    
  • Establishment of observing and data-processing facilities necessary for the World Climate Programme    
  • Support to activities within the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP)    
  • Establishment and maintenance of the Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) stations    
  • Support to meteorological and hydrological activities related to the environment protection
  • Implementation of the Internet capability at the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services in support of WMO Programmes

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The Voluntary Cooperation Programme Fund (VCP-F) supports National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) of member countries, mainly in developing and least developed countries.
  • The VCP provides support in the form of equipment, expert services, training and education to benefit meteorological and hydrological communities worldwide.