Grants Details

FAA Aviation Research and Development Grant
This Grant will expire on December 01, 2019


Funding for; Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, Private institutions of higher education, Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education is capped at $5,000,000.

The Program

The authorizing legislation that supports the Research Grants Programs covers two general categories: a) areas deemed by the Administrator to be required for the long-term growth of civil aviation; and b) areas related to research on the prevention of catastrophic failures. These specific areas of interest may be found within the broad program areas identified in the FAAR,E&D Plan, which comprises the agency's research and development initiatives. These areas, which contribute to the FAA mission of improving aviation safety, capacity, efficiency, and security, are:

  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/Operations Research
  9. Commercial Space Transportation


The eligibility of applicants for the award of a research grant varies depending upon the nature of the proposer's organization as well as the character of work one proposes to perform. In general, colleges, universities, and other non-profit research institutions are eligible to qualify for research grants in all specified areas. FAA is seeking to ensure an equitable geographic distribution of grant funds and the inclusion of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU's), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), and other minority institutions for funding consideration.


Proposals may be submitted at any time under the open FAA solicitation number FAA-12-01. This solicitation will remain open until December 31, 2019. Applicants should allow at least 90 days for review and processing.