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Aviation Research Grants Program

General Grant Program Information

The FAA’s Aviation Research Grants Program provides funding to support aviation-related research on topics with the potential to gain further knowledge in emerging aviation technologies. Grants under this program are awarded to conduct research for the long-term growth of civil aviation.

Opportunity Status:
Posted Date:
Close Date:
Eligible Applicants:
Academic and Research Institutions; Job Training Applicants; Private-Sector Applicants
Eligible Activities:
Technology Demonstrations and Deployment; Research and Development
Transportation Type:
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:
Match Waiver:
Rural Set-Aside:
Tribal Set-Aside:
Grant Opportunity ID:
Grant Opportunity Link:
USDOT / Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Eligibility Information

Eligible applicants include colleges and universities; other nonprofit organizations such as independent museums, observatories, research laboratories, hospitals, consortia, and professional or scientific educational associations or societies; and similar organizations.

Eligible uses (research topics) include capacity and air traffic control technology; communications, navigation, and surveillance; aviation weather; airports; aircraft safety technology; human factors and aviation medicine; systems science/operations research; unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and unmanned traffic management (UTM); Class E upper airspace traffic management (ETM); and urban air mobility (UAM). Proposals are selected based on their intrinsic value, relevance to the FAA mission, technical soundness, and research performance competence.

Funding Information

The FAA’s Aviation Research Grants Program anticipates that $6 million will be available annually for new and continuing grant awards, subject to availability. There is no minimum or maximum award amounts; funding will be based upon the number and quality of proposals.

Cost sharing is not required, but the FAA expects that grant recipients will share in the costs at a level that reflects their interest in the research, the potential benefits they may derive, and their ability to share in the cost of the project.

The Dashboard provides users with a high-level overview of relevant Federal discretionary grant programs. The information in the Dashboard is maintained as a secondary resource and may not be updated with the most recent changes to each program's primary guidance materials. Accordingly, please refer to the Federal grant-making agency for the most comprehensive and up-to-date information on a grant opportunity in the Dashboard.