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

Fiscal Year 2016: ?Probabilistic Finite Element Modeling of Oblique Impact Loading to the Lumbar Spine?, Southwest Research Institute, ?Further Airframe Usage and Operational Loads Monitoring of ASM/Lead Aircraft?, Wichita State University, Statistical Need for Probability of Detection in Structural Health Monitoring?, Iowa State University of Science and Technology, and ?Probabilistic Modeling of Random Variables and K-Solution Developments for General Aviation ? Extensions to the SMART/DT Software? The University of Texas San Antonio.

Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available


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
Ohio University $ 474,859   2016-08-192021-02-28
Southwest Research Institute $ 1,138,618   2015-09-012021-02-26
University Of Massachusetts $ 284,109   2017-09-302020-09-30
University Of Maryland $ 258,000   2016-09-012020-08-30
Wichita State University $ 367,178   2017-06-012020-07-31
University Of Maryland $ 94,516   2016-09-012020-06-30
University Of Cincinnati $ 200,133   2015-04-082020-06-30
Medical College Of Wisconsin, Inc., The $ 795,234   2017-03-012020-02-29
Ohio University $ 250,000   2016-08-222020-02-28



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: The FAA has awarded numerous grants this year. Several grants awarded this year are: ?Probabilistic Finite Element Modeling of Oblique Impact Loading to the Lumbar Spine? Southwest Research Institute, ?Further Airframe Usage and Operational Loads Monitoring of ASM/Lead Aircraft? Wichita State University, Statistical Need for Probability of Detection in Structural Health Monitoring? Iowa State University of Science and Technology, ?Global Safety Information Project? Flight Safety and ?Identifying CRM Approaches for Enhancing Flight crew Performance? University of Central Florida and ?Probabilistic Modeling of Random Variables and K-Solution Developments for General Aviation ? Extensions to the SMART/DT Software? The University of Texas San Antonio. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

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.

Credentials/Documentation

Required documentation is outlined in FAA Aviation Research Grant Program Solicitation No. FAA 12-01. This includes evidence of eligibility and of negotiated indirect rates and audit by cognizant agency. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Pre-application form not required.

Consultation and assistance is available by calling (609) 485-4962.

A pre-application conference is not required.

However, in order to streamline the application process, it is recommended (but not required) that all prospective grantees submit a 3 page white paper (letter of intent) for agency technical review identifying the specific area of interest (Solicitation FAA-12-01 ? Chapter I.

FAA Research Grants Program, Technical Areas of Research #1 through #9).

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Colleges, universities and other nonprofit institutions/organizations may submit proposals through Grants.gov in accordance with solicitation number: FAA-12-01. This solicitation can also be accessed on the internet at http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/ato/service_units/acquisition/grants.

Award Procedures

Award authority has been delegated to the FAA Grants Officer for the Aviation Research Grants Program, AAQ-600, at the William J. Hughes Technical Center, Atlantic City International Airport, NJ 08405. Awards will be made throughout the year. Solicitation FAA-12-01will remain open until 12/31/19. Any change to this will appear on the internet site mentioned under 'Application Procedures'.

Deadlines

Dec 31, 2019: Deadline for submission under current solicitation is 12/31/19. Proposals are accepted throughout the calendar year.

Authorization

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.

Appeals

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

Renewals

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

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Minimum award duration is 6 months and maximum award duration is 5 years. No other time restrictions. Assistance is disbursed monthly. Advances are possible with prior approval from the FAA Grants Officer. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Aviation Research Grants Program awards research grants through issuance of a research grant or cooperative agreement grant. Additionally, funds are awarded through award and amendments to the grant. Upon receipt of an invoice and approval by the Technical Monitor a payment is authorized to the grantee.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Technical and Financial reporting requirements are specified in 2 CFR 200 Subpart D ? Post Federal-Award Requirements.

Final reports are required for closeout of each grant.

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

SF-270.

Progress reports are required in accordance with the terms and conditions of each award document.

Progress reports are required throughout the period of performance of the grant.

This includes but is not limited to quarterly, semiannual or annual progress reporting.

SF-425.

A technical monitor is a Federal employee who is assigned by the sponsoring organization to oversee each task, to monitor performance, receive technical reports and approve invoices.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. 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.

Records

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

69-8108-0-7-402.

Obigations

(Salaries) FY 16 $8,500,000; FY 17 est $8,000,000; and FY 18 est $9,000,000

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

2 CFR 200 formerly OMB Circulars 2 CFR 215, A-122, A-133, A-110 and A-21, Regulations and Executive Orders are referenced in Appendix 1 of the FAA Research Grants Order 9550-7B. A solicitation package containing the appropriate forms and directions is available through grants.gov.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Nicole Saiauskie, AJA-4A William J. Hughes Technical Center, Atlantic City International Airport, New Jersey 08405 Email: nicole.saiauskie@faa.gov Phone: (609) 485-4781 Fax: (609) 485-6766 .

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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