Support the FAA with focused, agile analysis in partnership with the private sector and interagency.


  • Foster a collaborative relationship between the government and private sector that serves as a catalyst for enabling a shared vision of NextGen, combining the talents and resources of government, industry, and academia.
  • Enable the FAA to access world-class expertise, tools, and venues for application to NextGen activities and tasks.


The NextGen Institute was established in 2005 by an agreement between the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Center for Advanced Technologies (NCAT) under and Other Transaction Agreement, and is a 501(c)(3) affiliate of the Aerospace Industries Association. The Institute is governed by Institute Management Council (IMC).

The NextGen Institute represents a partnership between the government and private sector to work together on the definition, goals, development, and implementation of NextGen. Ultimately, the Institute serves as a mechanism for gathering and applying the best expertise to encourage the development of transformational ideas, and sustaining a long-term undertaking by promoting joint solutions and coordinated investments.

Principles of Operation

The NextGen Institute provides an open and balanced framework that embraces all individuals, industry, and user segments. The Institute uses its Web site and the FAA communications network to reach out to participants and inform them of activities. Participation in the NextGen Institute is open to any individual or entity. The NextGen Institute is not a membership organization and there are no dues to participate.

Opportunities for participation in the NextGen Institute include the following:

  • Public Meetings:The NextGen Institute must hold at least one public meeting per year to allow those not affiliated with the IMC and the current working groups the opportunity to review the status of the Institute’s activities and provide comments.
  • IMC Membership:Applicants who are selected to be IMC members serve a two-year term, but are eligible for reappointment. IMC members serve on a pro-bono basis.
  • Study Teams: Applicants are selected to serve on study teams based on a review of the applicant’s qualifications against the needs requested by the study teams’ co-chairs. Participants on study teams serve on a pro-bono basis.
  • Contractual Work:Another way the Institute supports NextGen is through managing contracts with the government that facilitate NextGen initiatives.

The NextGen Institute Deputy Director and staff are located at 55 M St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003, above the Navy Yard Metro Stop. If you have any questions please contact Elisabeth Auld elisabeth.ctr.auld@faa.gov.