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Program Descriptions

Program Number



Aviation Research Grants


Federal Agency




Homeland Security Act of 2002, P.L. 107-296, codified at 6 U.S.C. 188 (b)(1)(C).






To encourage and support innovative, advanced, and applied research and development in areas of potential benefit to the long-term growth of civil aviation security.


Types of Assistance

Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements); Use of Property, Facilities, and Equipment.


Uses and Use Restrictions

The grants may be used to support research and development projects at colleges, universities, nonprofit and forprofit institutions in the area of System Security Technology. Restrictions on use of funds will be identified in the announcement, program guidance and award provisions.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Public and private nonprofit institutions/organizations, colleges and universities, State, local and Indian Tribal Governments and for-profit organizations are eligible to benefit.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Public and private nonprofit institutions/organizations (colleges and universities), State, local and Indian Tribal Governments and for-profit organizations are eligible to benefit.


May be required by U.S. Statute, regulation or program guidance.


Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

The applicant is notified of funding availability by electronic posting on The applicant will be advised on how to apply for the funding through the funding opportunity announcement and program guidance. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs".

Application Procedure

Application deadline and other information are contained in the application/program guidance.

Award Procedure

Applications or plans are reviewed by DHS program and administrative staff. Any issues or concerns noted in the application will be negotiated with the successful applicant prior to the award being issued.


Refer to announcement or application guidance for further information.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Refer to program guidance document.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula or matching requirements; however, cost-sharing by the grantee is highly encouraged.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Refer to program guidance.


Post Assistance Requirements


Frequency of interim reporting will be identified in the funding opportunity/program guidance document. Final financial and performance reports are due 90 days after the expiration or termination of grant award.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations, nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards (or receive property, or a combination of both within the fiscal year) will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular A-133. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency, submitted through the Federal Audit Clearinghouse, not later than 9 months after the end of the grantee fiscal year.


Grant records shall be retained for a period of 3 years from the day the recipient submits its final expenditure report. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later. Grant records include financial and program/progress reports, support documents, statistical records, and other documents that support the activity and/or expenditure of the recipient or sub-recipient under the award.


Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $11,421,423; FY 08 $6,000,000; FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Refer to program guidance.


Program Accomplishments

Information available at the web sites listed below.


Regulations, Guidelines and Literature

OMB Circulars A-21, Cost Principles for Educational Institutions (relocated to 2 CFR, Part 220); A-87, Cost Principles for State, Local and Indian Tribal Governments (relocated to 2 CFR, Part 225); A-102, Grants and Cooperative Agreements with State and Local Governments; A-110, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Other Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals and Nonprofit Organizations (relocated to 2 CFR, Part 215); A-122,Cost Principles for Nonprofit Organizations (relocated to 2 CFR, Part 230); and A-133, Audits of States, Local Governments and Nonprofit Organizations. In addition to the OMB criteria, program regulations, guidelines, DHS policy and procedures will also apply.


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Office of Procurement Operations, Grants Office, Transportation Security Laboratory, W. J. Hughes Technical Center, Bldg 315, Atlantic City, NJ 08405. International Airport, Telephone: (609) 813-2834 or (609) 813-2839. Fax: (609) 383-1973.

Headquarters Office


Web Site Address


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