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Funding Opportunities

The Office of NextGen administers several funding opportunities available to public entities such as grants and business contracts. Project eligibility, award ceilings, application periods, submission processes, and deadlines vary based on legislative authority or specific grant and business contract programs, so we encourage you to explore each program's webpage for additional details.

Grants Business Contracts


Aviation Research Grants

The Aviation Research Grants Program provides grants and cooperative agreements to support and encourage advanced research that benefits civil aviation's long-term growth, prevents catastrophic failure of aircraft, and contributes to the FAA's mission of improving aviation safety, capacity, efficiency, and security.

Aviation Workforce Development Grants

The program consists of two educational grant programs. The Aircraft Pilots Workforce Development Grants Program supports the creation and delivery of a curriculum that prepares high school students to become aircraft pilots, aerospace engineers, or unmanned aircraft system operators, and supports teachers' professional development in the curriculum. The Aviation Maintenance Technical Workforce Grants Program supports education, outreach, recruitment, and military career transition.

Air Transportation Centers of Excellence Grants Program

The Air Transportation Centers of Excellence Grants Program provides a range of aviation technology research activities through the FAA's cooperative agreements with competitively-selected Centers of Excellence (COE) within academic institutions and industry affiliates in the U.S.

Veteran's Pilot Training Grants Program

The Veteran's Pilot Training Grants Program provides grants to eligible flight schools accredited by the Department of Education or that hold a restricted airline transport pilot letter of authorization and which provide flight training services to veterans.

Business Contracts


SE2020/2025 is an IDIQ-based contract which issues work to multi-vendor teams via Task Orders with a Performance Work Statement to provide research, analysis, systems engineering, and integration for the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) and non-NextGen initiatives.

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