Aviation Research Grants

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Purpose of this program:

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

Possible uses and use restrictions...

The grants 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. Airport Technology; 5. Aircraft Safety Technology; 6. System Security Technology; 7. Human Factors and Aviation Medicine; 8. Environment and Energy; 9. Systems Science and Operations Research; 10. Commercial Space Transportation. Discretionary funds are not currently available. Potential grantees are encouraged to contact FAA Research Technical Program Offices for sponsorship.

Who is eligible to apply...

Colleges, universities and nonprofit institutions are eligible to benefit. Profit organizations may be eligible in the area of Aviation Security.

Eligible Applicant Categories:
Eligible Functional Categories:

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

Note:This is a brief description of the credentials or documentation required prior to, or along with, an application for assistance.

About this section:

This section indicates who can apply to the Federal government for assistance and the criteria the potential applicant must satisfy. For example, individuals may be eligible for research grants, and the criteria to be satisfied may be that they have a professional or scientific degree, 3 years of research experience, and be a citizen of the United States. Universities, medical schools, hospitals, or State and local governments may also be eligible. Where State governments are eligible, the type of State agency will be indicated (State welfare agency or State agency on aging) and the criteria that they must satisfy.

Certain federal programs (e.g., the Pell Grant program which provides grants to students) involve intermediate levels of application processing, i.e., applications are transmitted through colleges or universities that are neither the direct applicant nor the ultimate beneficiary. For these programs, the criteria that the intermediaries must satisfy are also indicated, along with intermediaries who are not eligible.

How to apply...

Application Procedure:

A solicitation and application kit may be accessed on the internet at www.tc.faa.gov/contracts/logistic/logistics.htm, or by writing to the Aviation Research Grants Program, ACT-50, William J. Hughes Technical Center, Atlantic City International Airport, NJ 08405 or by calling (609) 485-4424.

Note: Each program will indicate whether applications are to be submitted to the Federal headquarters, regional or local office, or to a State or local government office.

Award Procedure:

Award authority has been delegated to the Aviation Research Grants Program, ACT-50, at the William J. Hughes Technical Center, Atlantic City International Airport, NJ 08405. Awards will be made throughout the year. Solicitation 97.2 will remain open indefinitely. Any change to this will appear in the Federal Register.

Note: Grant payments may be made by a letter of credit, advance by Treasury check, or reimbursement by Treasury check. Awards may be made by the headquarters office directly to the applicant, an agency field office, a regional office, or by an authorized county office. The assistance may pass through the initial applicant for further distribution by intermediate level applicants to groups or individuals in the private sector.

Deadlines and process...


Proposals are accepted throughout the calendar year.

Note: When available, this section indicates the deadlines for applications to the funding agency which will be stated in terms of the date(s) or between what dates the application should be received. When not available, applicants should contact the funding agency for deadline information.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

120 Days.

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication form not required. Consultation and or assistance is available by calling (609) 485-4424. No preapplication conference needed. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs".

Note: This section indicates whether any prior coordination or approval is required with governmental or nongovernmental units prior to the submission of a formal application to the federal funding agency.



Note: In some cases, there are no provisions for appeal. Where applicable, this section discusses appeal procedures or allowable rework time for resubmission of applications to be processed by the funding agency. Appeal procedures vary with individual programs and are either listed in this section or applicants are referred to appeal procedures documented in the relevant Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).


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

Note: In some instances, renewal procedures may be the same as for the application procedure, e.g., for projects of a non-continuing nature renewals will be treated as new, competing applications; for projects of an ongoing nature, renewals may be given annually.

Who can benefit...

Colleges, universities and nonprofit institutions are eligible to benefit. Profit organizations may be eligible to benefit in the area of Aviation Security.

About this section:

This section lists the ultimate beneficiaries of a program, the criteria they must satisfy and who specifically is not eligible. The applicant and beneficiary will generally be the same for programs that provide assistance directly from a Federal agency. However, financial assistance that passes through State or local governments will have different applicants and beneficiaries since the assistance is transmitted to private sector beneficiaries who are not obligated to request or apply for the assistance.

What types of assistance...

Project Grants

The funding, for fixed or known periods, of specific projects. Project grants can include fellowships, scholarships, research grants, training grants, traineeships, experimental and demonstration grants, evaluation grants, planning grants, technical assistance grants, survey grants, and construction grants.

Use of Property, Facilities, and Equipment

Programs which provide for the loan of, use of, or access to Federal facilities or property wherein the federally owned facilities or property do not remain in the possession of the recipient of the assistance.

How much financial aid...

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Proposals received to date have requested from $25,000 to $5.0 million with most between $50,000 and $150,000. Larger proposals are for multi-year research.

Note: This section lists the representative range (smallest to largest) of the amount of financial assistance available. These figures are based upon funds awarded in the past fiscal year and the current fiscal year to date. Also indicated is an approximate average amount of awards which were made in the past and current fiscal years.


(Grants) FY 03 $30,000,000; FY 04 est $30,000,000; and FY 05 est $30,000,000.

Note: The dollar amounts listed in this section represent obligations for the past fiscal year (PY), estimates for the current fiscal year (CY), and estimates for the budget fiscal year (BY) as reported by the Federal agencies. Obligations for non-financial assistance programs indicate the administrative expenses involved in the operation of a program.

Account Identification


Note: Note: This 11-digit budget account identification code represents the account which funds a particular program. This code should be consistent with the code given for the program area as specified in Appendix III of the Budget of the United States Government.

Examples of funded projects...

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

About this section

This section indicates the different types of projects which have been funded in the past. Only projects funded under Project Grants or Direct Payments for Specified Use should be listed here. The examples give potential applicants an idea of the types of projects that may be accepted for funding. The agency should list at least five examples of the most recently funded projects.

Program accomplishments...

Information available at the above internet web site.

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.

Assistance considerations...

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Minimum grant duration is one year. No other time restrictions. Assistance is disbursed monthly. Advances are possible.

Formula and Matching Requirements

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

A formula may be based on population, per capita income, and other statistical factors. Applicants are informed whether there are any matching requirements to be met when participating in the cost of a project. In general, the matching share represents that portion of the project costs not borne by the Federal government. Attachment F of OMB Circular No. A-102 (Office of Management and Budget) sets forth the criteria and procedures for the evaluation of matching share requirements which may be cash or in-kind contributions made by State and local governments or other agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals to satisfy matching requirements of Federal grants or loans.

Cash contributions represent the grantees' cash outlay, including the outlay of money contributed to the grantee by other public agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals. When authorized by Federal regulation, Federal funds received from other grants may be considered as the grantees' cash contribution.

In-kind contributions represent the value of noncash contributions provided by the grantee, other public agencies and institutions, private organizations or individuals. In-kind contributions may consist of charges for real property and equipment, and value of goods and services directly benefiting and specifically identifiable to the grant program. When authorized by Federal legislation, property purchased with Federal funds may be considered as grantees' in-kind contribution.

Maintenance of effort (MOE) is a requirement contained in certain legislation, regulations, or administrative policies stating that a grantee must maintain a specified level of financial effort in a specific area in order to receive Federal grant funds, and that the Federal grant funds may be used only to supplement, not supplant, the level of grantee funds.

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. Quarterly and final reports required.

Note: This section indicates whether program reports, expenditure reports, cash reports or performance monitoring are required by the Federal funding agency, and specifies at what time intervals (monthly, annually, etc.) this must be accomplished.


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.

Note: This section discusses audits required by the Federal agency. The procedures and requirements for State and local governments and nonprofit entities are set forth in OMB Circular No. A-133. These requirements pertain to awards made within the respective State's fiscal year - not the Federal fiscal year, as some State and local governments may use the calendar year or other variation of time span designated as the fiscal year period, rather than that commonly known as the Federal fiscal year (from October 1st through September 30th).


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

Note: This section indicates the record retention requirements and the type of records the Federal agency may require. Not included are the normally imposed requirements of the General Accounting Office. For programs falling under the purview of OMB Circular No. A-102, record retention is set forth in Attachment C. For other programs, record retention is governed by the funding agency's requirements.



Federal Aviation Administration Research, Engineering and Development Authorization Act of 1990, Public Law 101- 508; Aviation Security Improvement Act of 1990, Public Law 101-604; Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act, Public Law 103-305.

Note: This section lists the legal authority upon which a program is based (acts, amendments to acts, Public Law numbers, titles, sections, Statute Codes, citations to the U.S. Code, Executive Orders, Presidential Reorganization Plans, and Memoranda from an agency head).

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 9550. A solicitation and application kit containing the appropriate forms and directions is available.

Contact information...

Web Sites
Regional Or Local Office


Note: This section lists the agency contact person, address and telephone number of the Federal Regional or Local Office(s) to be contacted for detailed information regarding a program such as: (1) current availability of funds and the likelihood of receiving assistance within a given period; (2) pre-application and application forms required; (3) whether a pre-application conference is recommended; (4) assistance available in preparation of applications; (5) whether funding decisions are made at the headquarters, regional or local level; (6) application renewal procedures (including continuations and supplementals) or appeal procedures for rejected applications; and (7) recently published program guidelines and material. However, for most federal programs, this section will instruct the reader to consult the so-called Appendix IV of the Catalog due to the large volume of Regional and Local Office Contacts for most agencies. This information is provided in Additional Contact Information (see below).

Headquarters Office

Aviation Research Grants Program, ACT-50, William J. Hughes Technical Center, Atlantic City International Airport, NJ 08405. Telephone: (609) 485-4424. FAX (609) 485-6509.

Note: This section lists names and addresses of the office at the headquarters level with direct operational responsibility for managing a program. A telephone number is provided in cases where a Regional or Local Office is not normally able to answer detailed inquiries concerning a program. Also listed are the name(s) and telephone number(s) of the information contact person(s) who can provide additional program information to applicants.

Additional Contact Information (Appendix IV)

Due to the large volume of regional and local office contacts for most agencies, full contact information is also provided separately here in a PDF format: