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.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
20.108
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Transportation
Office: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
PROJECT GRANTS; USE OF PROPERTY, FACILITIES, OR EQUIPMENT
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: Some of the grants awarded this year were: “Global Safety Information Project” Flight Safety and “Identifying CRM Approaches for Enhancing Flight crew Performance” University of Central Florida. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
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.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Colleges, universities and nonprofit institutions are eligible to benefit.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Colleges, universities and nonprofit institutions are eligible to benefit.
Credentials/Documentation
Evidence of eligibility and of negotiated indirect rates and audit by cognizant agency. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication form not required. Consultation and or assistance is available by calling (609) 485-4781. No preapplication conference needed. 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 Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The solicitation may be accessed on the internet at http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/ato/service_units/acquisition/grants/ or at grants.gov under CFDA 20.108.
Award Procedure
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 above.
Deadlines
Dec 31, 2019: Deadline for submission under current solicitation is 12/31/19. Proposals are accepted throughout the calendar year.
Approval/Disapproval Decision 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.
How are proposals selected?
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.
How may assistance be used?
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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Technical Reporting Requirements per 2 CFR 200 formerly OMB Circular 2 CFR 215, A-110 and OMB Circular A-102, Paragraph 7. Semi-annual and final technical reports required. Financial reporting requirements as per 2 CFR 200. Final reports are required for closeout. Reporting requirements are spelled out in the terms and conditions of each award document. No cash reports are required. No progress reports are required. No expenditure reports are required. No performance monitoring is required.
Auditing
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements. 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.
Other 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. No other time restrictions. Assistance is disbursed monthly. Advances are possible with prior approval from the FAA Grants Officer. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None.
Headquarters Office
Debra Monzo AAQ-600, William J. Hughes Technical Center, Atlantic City International Airport, New Jersey 08405 Email: debra.monzo@faa.gov Phone: (609) 485-4962 Fax: (609) 485-4088
Website Address
No Data Available
Financial Information
Account Identification
69-8108-0-7-402.
Obligations
(Salaries) FY 14 $16,306,974; FY 15 est $10,000,000; and FY 16 est $12,000,000
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.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Some of the grants awarded this year were: “Global Safety Information Project” Flight Safety and “Identifying CRM Approaches for Enhancing Flight crew Performance” University of Central Florida. Fiscal Year 2015: Nondestructive Residual Stress Profiling Based on Hall Coefficient Measurement”, University of Cincinnati and “Indoor Navigation of Airport Terminals by People with Impaired Vision”, University of Michigan, and “Evaluation of Airfield Pavement Responses under F/HWD and Moving Aircraft Loading”, Rutgers University. Fiscal Year 2016: To be determined.

 


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