FAA: Aviation Research Grants - 4 application cycles per year

Sponsor Deadline: 

Sep 7, 2027


DOT Transportation Federal Aviation Admin FAA

UI Contact: 

FAA Aviation Research Grants Program
Grants.gov   https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=328902
A white paper (also called a pre-application) is recommended, but optional.

The FAA hereby announces its continuing interest in receiving applications for aviation research grants and cooperative agreements to pursue the long-term growth and short-term technical needs of civil aviation, under this funding opportunity. The FAA Aviation Research Grants Program encourages and supports innovative, advanced research of potential benefit to the long-term growth of civil aviation and commercial space transportation. The pursuit of basic and applied research in scientific and engineering disciplines that have the potential to further knowledge and understanding on a broad front of emerging technologies is crucial to the realization of this goal. The intent is to encourage applied research and development to enhance technology assimilation, transfer, and development in the FAA. The FAA Aviation Research Grants Program does not require the immediate application to Research and Development (R&D) programs, although this may occur in some cases. The FAA encourages the submission of proposals that embrace the entire spectrum of physical, chemical, biological, medical, psychological, mathematical, and engineering sciences. The FAA welcomes submission of applications with proposals that support fields of science, engineering, aviation medicine, human factors, and UAS, with potential relevance to the long- term growth of civil aviation. Proposals for education, training, or specific airport development are not supported under this program.

The following list illustrates topics of interest to those who may consider applying for a grant under this funding opportunity:

  •     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 System (UAS) Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM), Class E Upper Airspace Traffic Management (ETM), and Urban Air Mobility (UAM)