Background

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) has established a Space Transportation Infrastructure Matching (STIM) Grants Program for the purpose of ensuring the resiliency of the space transportation infrastructure in the United States. The U.S. Congress mandated the Grant Program under 51 U.S.C. Chapter 511 Space Infrastructure Matching Grants. This legislation authorizes the use of Federal monies in conjunction with matching state, local government, and private funds.

FY 2010 was the first year that Federal funds were appropriated under this discretionary grant program. Development projects eligible for funding include technical and environmental studies; construction, improvement, and design and engineering of space transportation infrastructure, including facilities and associated equipment; and real property to meet the needs of the United States commercial space transportation industry. A total of ten grants were awarded during FY2010, 2011, and 2012. Due to budget cuts, no STIM grants have been made since FY2012, but we hope to continue the program in the future.

STIM Grants Process

A request for grant proposals is published by the FAA in the Federal Register. Project proponents submit proposals, which are then evaluated by AST. Proposals that are selected for award receive a grant offer. Grants are administered according to Process for STIM Grants Program (PDF).

Contact

Doug Graham
AST Grant Program Lead
FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation
(202) 267-8568

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