Aviation Research Grants

To encourage and support innovative, advanced, and applied research and development in areas of potential benefit to the long-term growth of civil aviation.

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Research and development in Satellite navigation; Aircraft Structural mechanics and materials; De-icing Fluids; Cockpit Human Factors; Aviation Security.

Agency - Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation's mission is to ensure fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation that meets vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
University Of Washington $ 621,808   2017-03-152022-06-30
National Safe Skies Alliance, Inc $ 5,275,000   2017-03-012021-09-14
Ohio University $ 474,859   2016-08-192021-02-28
Southwest Research Institute $ 1,138,618   2015-09-012021-02-26
University Of Maryland, College Park $ 258,000   2016-09-012020-08-30
University Of Cincinnati $ 200,133   2015-04-082020-06-30
University Of Maryland, College Park $ 94,516   2016-09-012020-06-30
Medical College Of Wisconsin, Inc., The $ 795,234   2017-03-012020-02-29
Ohio University $ 250,000   2016-08-222020-02-28
Southwest Research Institute-$ 1,284   2017-06-012019-12-01

Program Accomplishments

Information available at the above internet web site.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The grants and cooperative agreements may be used to support research and development projects at colleges, universities and nonprofit institutions in the following areas: (1) Capacity and Air Traffic Control Technology; (2)Communications, Navigation and Surveillance; (3) Aviation Weather; (4) Airports; (5) Aircraft Safety Technology; (6) Human Factors and Aviation Medicine; (7) Environment and Energy; (8) Systems Science and Operations Research; (9) Commercial Space Transportation.

Discretionary funds are not currently available.

Potential grantees are encouraged to contact FAA Research Technical Program Offices for sponsorship.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Colleges, universities and nonprofit institutions are eligible to benefit.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Colleges, universities and nonprofit institutions are eligible to benefit.


Evidence of eligibility and of negotiated indirect rates and audit by cognizant agency.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication form not required.

Consultation and or assistance is available by calling (609) 485-4781.

No preapplication conference needed.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs".

Application Procedures

A solicitation and application kit may be accessed on the internet at http://www.tc.faa.gov/logistics/grants, or by writing to the Aviation Research Grants Program, AJP-7550, William J. Hughes Technical Center, Atlantic City International Airport, NJ 08405 or by calling (609) 485-4781.

Award Procedures

Award authority has been delegated to the FAA Grants Officer for the Aviation Research Grants Program, AJP-7550, at the William J. Hughes Technical Center, Atlantic City International Airport, NJ 08405. Awards will be made throughout the year. Solicitation FAA-06-01 will remain open indefinitely. Any change to this will appear on the internet site mentioned above.


Proposals are accepted throughout the calendar year.


Federal Aviation Administration Research, Engineering and Development Authorization Act of 1990, Public Law 101-508; Aviation Security Improvement Act of 1990, Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act, Public Law 103-305.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

120 Days.


Formal protests are not an option, however, a debriefing may be requested.


Multi-year grants and cooperative agreements are available; extensions are possible. No-cost extensions available upon application.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula or matching requirements, however, cost-sharing by the grantee is highly encouraged.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Minimum award duration is 6 months. No other time restrictions. Assistance is disbursed monthly. Advances are possible with prior approval from the FAA Grants Officer.

Post Assistance Requirements


Technical Reporting Requirements per Subpart C of OMB Circular A-110 and OMB Circular A-102, Paragraph 7.

Semi-annual and final technical reports required.

Financial reporting requirements as per Subpart C of OMB Circular A-110 and of OMB Circular A-102, Paragraph 7.

Final reports are required for closeout.

Reporting requirements are spelled out in the terms and conditions of each award document.


Single Audit Act assigns responsibility to either the Department of Health and Human Services or the Department of Defense for most institutions. The FAA reserves the right to conduct individual audits as needed within the constraints of applicable laws and regulations.


Technical and financial records must be retained for a minimum of 3 years (or longer, depending on special situations) following completion of a grant or cooperative agreement.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $23,457,466.38; FY 08 $3,578,211.00; FY 09 est. not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Proposals received to date have requested from $15,000 to $5.0 million with most between $50,000 and $250,000. Larger proposals are for multi-year research.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

OMB Circulars A-122, A-133, A-110 and A-21, Regulations and Executive Orders are referenced in Appendix 2 of the FAA Research Grants Order 95507A. A solicitation and application kit containing the appropriate forms and directions is available.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Aviation Research Grants Program, AJP-7550 William J. Hughes Technical Center, Atlantic City International Airport, NJ 08405. Telephone: (609) 485-4781. Fax: (609) 485-6509.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The FAA has established four criteria which should be met for a proposal to be eligible for funding. These four criteria are: (1) Intrinsic Value; (2)Relevance to the FAA Mission; (3) Technical Soundness of the Proposal; (4)Research Performance Competence.

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