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Frequently Asked Questions


Please direct inquiries to the FAA Challenge Program team at faachallenge@nianet.org.

A Q&A session was held for teams on October 24, 2019. Documents related to the session can be viewed below:

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I attend a university outside of the United States. Can I still apply to the FAA Challenge?

Eligibility is limited to students from colleges and universities in the United States. Additionally, all team members, including all faculty advisors and students, must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

Can Green Card holders participate?

Yes. Team members, including all faculty advisors and students, must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

Who retains ownership of the Challenge solutions?

All submissions remain the property of the team.

My team intends to commercialize our idea. Can we still submit it to the Challenge? Will there be any issues with commercialization or ownership of our idea?

Yes, you can still submit it to the Challenge. However, your ideas will be presented in summary at a public conference during the FAA Challenge Forum. Teams will retain full ownership of their ideas.

Does the FAA have IRB Requirements?

For most submissions, this will not be required. If your proposal includes collecting data on human subjects in a study, or putting people medically at-risk, then you would need to submit your study for IRB review through your university after you are selected as a finalist for the FAA Challenge. If IRB review is required, the FAA will need to receive a copy of the approval along with the final Technical Paper.