2/19/2013—The FAA will establish an Air Transportation Center of Excellence (COE) for Alternative Jet Fuels and Environment (AJF&E) in FY2013. The COE will explore ways to meet the energy and environmental goals for the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), to provide environmental protection while sustaining aviation growth. The COE will create a cost-sharing partnership between academia, industry, and government focusing on environmental aviation and alternative jet fuels.
FAA is soliciting proposals until March 20, 2013 from university partners at accredited institutions of higher education. Once core university members have been selected, the FAA will enter into cooperative agreements and award matching grants to establish, operate, and conduct research on alternative jet fuels and environmental aviation matters. The cooperative agreement will be awarded in two phases up to a maximum of 10 years.
See the Final Solicitation.