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Research & Development Management Division

Manager, Jon Schleifer
Phone: (609) 485-6670

Mission Statement

Supports the development of the FAA's research and development (R&D) portfolio through strategic planning, budget formulation, program execution, and program evaluation.

Branch Branch Manager Phone
Technical Center Partnerships Management Branch Michele Holmes (609) 485-5614
Research Portfolio Management Branch Lisa Smith (609) 485-7238
  • Produces the National Aviation Research Plan (NARP) and R&D Annual Review on behalf of the FAA Administrator. The NARP is a congressionally-mandated report that describes the FAA's R&D portfolio and ensures that R&D investments are well managed, deliver results, and sufficiently address national priorities. The R&D Annual Review highlights the significant R&D accomplishments of the FAA and serves as a companion document to the NARP.
  • Coordinates the Research, Engineering and Development (RE&D) appropriation account budget narrative development process for the FAA. The RE&D budget narratives describe the planned activities and requested budgets for each program and are part of the FAA President's Budget submission to Congress.
  • Supports the FAA's Research, Engineering and Development (RE&D) Advisory Committee (REDAC), which is a congressionally-mandated advisory committee that provides advice and recommendations to the FAA Administrator on all aspects of the FAA research program.
  • Coordinates the R&D Executive Board (REB) and their development of the FAA's annual R&D portfolio. The REB represents the Lines of Business and Staff Offices that sponsor research in the FAA.
  • Coordinates the communication of the research portfolio to the Department of Transportation through the production of a variety of products including the Annual Modal Research Plan (AMRP) and Spend Plan. The AMRP and Spend Plan are required annually as part of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act; P. L. 114-94; December 4, 2015). The AMRP provides a comprehensive view of planned research for the upcoming fiscal year and a detailed outlook for the following year, while the Spend Plan provides a thorough review of planned investments across the research portfolio.
  • Promotes technology transfer to aviation industry, academia, government agencies, and professional societies to develop innovative practices and technologies
  • Provides a single entry point for initiation, coordination, and accounting of Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA's) for all technical projects within the R&D organization's scope.
  • Engage with researchers to identify and catalog technical reports developed by the R&D organization

The National Aviation Research Plan, or NARP, provides an overview of the FAA's research and development plans over the next five years, highlighting near-, mid- and far term research. The document outlines how the agency will ensure research and development investments are well managed, deliver results, and sufficiently address national aviation priorities. The FAA is required to submit the NARP annually to Congress with the President's Budget.*

The research and goals highlighted in the NARP support strategic visions laid out by the President, Secretary of Transportation, and FAA Administrator. This approach enables the agency to address current and emerging challenges while building a foundation for the future system in an environmentally sound manner.

*Section 44501(c) of Title 49 of the United States Code (49 U.S.C. § 44501(c)) requires the Administrator of the FAA to submit the NARP to Congress annually with the President's Budget. The NARP includes applied R&D as defined by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-11 and involves activities funded in three budgetary accounts: Research, Engineering and Development (RE&D), Facilities and Equipment (F&E), and the Airport Improvement Program

2020-2025 NARP (PDF)
FY 2019 Annual Review (PDF)
FY 2018 Annual Review (PDF)

2017-2018 NARP (PDF)
FY 2017 Annual Review (PDF)
FY 2016 Annual Review (PDF)

2016 NARP (PDF)
FY 2015 Annual Review (PDF)

2015 NARP (PDF)
FY 2014 Annual Review (PDF)

2014 NARP (PDF)
FY 2013 Annual Review (PDF)

2013 NARP (PDF)
FY 2012 Annual Review (PDF)

2012 NARP (PDF)
FY 2011 Annual Review (PDF)

2011 NARP (PDF)
FY 2010 Annual Review (PDF)

2010 NARP (PDF)
FY 2009 Annual Review (PDF)

2009 NARP (PDF)
FY 2008 Annual Review (PDF)

If you have any questions on the NARP or Annual Review, please contact Lisa Smith at or at (609) 485-7238.

FAA Active FY 2020 Agreements (PDF)

FAA Active FY 2019 Agreements (PDF)

FAA Active FY 2016 Agreements (PDF)

FAA Active FY 2015 Agreements (PDF)

FAA Active FY 2014 Agreements (PDF)

The FAA's R&D Executive Board (REB) includes senior executives representing the major FAA R&D sponsors. When R&D portfolio formulation is complete, the REB provides portfolio approval. This process helps the FAA establish research priorities to meet its strategic goals and objectives. To ensure effective engagement with research stakeholders, the REB coordinates with internal sponsors and researchers to review program outcomes and outputs, prioritize and plan research efforts, recommend research priorities and programs, and prepare research portfolios.

The Guidance Reference Document (PDF) provides annual direction for stakeholders involved in the RE&D portfolio development process.

Established in 1989, the FAA's Research, Engineering and Development Advisory Committee (REDAC) provides advice and recommendations to the FAA Administrator on the needs, objectives, plans, approaches, content, and accomplishments of the aviation research portfolio. The REDAC also assists in ensuring FAA research activities are coordinated with other government agencies and industry. The REDAC considers aviation research needs in five areas: NAS operations, airport technology, aviation safety, human factors, and environment and energy. Committee members represent corporations, universities, associations, consumers, and government agencies. The Director of the William J. Hughes Technical Center serves as the REDAC's executive director.

For additional information about the REDAC including meeting information and materials, please visit the new REDAC page.

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