How to Apply to UAS Integration Pilot Program

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STEP 1: Tell the FAA You’re Interested

Lead Applicants: Entities interested in being a Lead Applicant (must be a state, local, or tribal government entity must submit a Notice of Intent by 2:00 pm ET, November 28, 2017.

  • Send an email to
  • Email Subject Line: “Declaration of Lead Applicant – (insert Lead Applicant Name)”
  • Format of Email Body:
    • Please establish an FAA/UAS Partnership Pilot Program Portal Account for:
    • Name of Lead Applicant:
    • Entity Type (State, Local, or Tribal Jurisdiction):
    • CAGE code or DUNS number:
    • State of Entity:
    • Email Address for all Partnership Pilot Program Communications:
    • Point of Contact Name (first and last name):
    • Point of Contact Phone Number:

Interested Parties: Entities who wish to be listed on the FAA’s contracting website ( as an Interested Party must submit a request by 2:00 pm ET, December 13, 2017.

  • Send an email to
  • Email Subject Line: “Interested Party List Request”
  • Format of Email Body:
    • Point of Contact First Name:
    • Point of Contact Last Name:
    • Email Address:
    • Point of Contact Phone Number:
    • Entity Type (Private sector entity, State, Local, or Tribal Jurisdiction, UAS Operator, or Other Stakeholder)
    • Entity Name:
    • Website URL (if applicable):

STEP 2 (optional): Find a Partner(s)

list of interested parties is maintained on the FAA contracting website and is updated regularly.

All Interested Parties may include both private and public entities, UAS operators, manufacturers, and other UAS stakeholders.

Lead Applicants may also request to be listed as an Interested Party to facilitate the formation of Pilot Program teams.

The FAA will not facilitate contact between any interested parties and/or lead applicants beyond maintaining the Interested Parties List.

Note: Once an entity requests listing on the Interested Parties List, there will be no opportunity to remove the name from the list.

STEP 3: Complete Your Application (Lead Applicants Only)

Once you are granted access to the application portal, familiarize yourself with the portal and its structure prior to submitting any information. An Applicant’s proposal is divided into six volumes:

  • Volume I: Identification of Lead Applicant – due 2:00 pm ET, December 13, 2017
  • Volume II: Concept Overview – due 2:00 pm ET, December 13, 2017
  • Volume III: Airspace and Concept of Operations – due 2:00 pm ET, January 4, 2018
  • Volume IV: Key Considerations – due 2:00 pm ET, January 4, 2018
  • Volume V: Team Members and Past Performance – due 2:00 pm ET, January 4, 2018
  • Volume VI: Infrastructure – due 2:00 pm ET, January 4, 2018

Detailed information, including how to complete each volume and what kind of information should be submitted in each, is included in the Screening Information Request.

All application materials must be submitted through the application portal. Materials that are not submitted through the application portal will not be considered as part of your proposal.

Program Selection Criteria

In making determinations, the DOT and FAA will evaluate whether applications meet or exceed the following requirements specified in the Presidential Memo:

  1. Overall economic, geographic, and climatic diversity of the selected jurisdictions
  2. Overall diversity of the proposed models government involvement
  3. Overall diversity of the UAS operations to be conducted
  4. The location of critical infrastructure
  5. The involvement of commercial entities in the proposal and their ability to advance objectives that may serve the public interest as a result of further integration of UAS into the NAS
  6. The involvement of affected communities in, and their support for, participating in the Program
  7. The commitment of the governments and UAS operators involved in the proposal to comply with requirements related to national defense, homeland security, and public safety and to address competition, privacy and civil liberties concerns
  8. The commitment of the governments and UAS operators involved in the proposal to achieve the following policy objectives:
    1. promoting innovation and economic development;
    2. enhancing transportation safety;
    3. enhancing workplace safety;
    4. improving emergency response and search and rescue functions; and
    5. using radio spectrum efficiently and competitively.

All proposal evaluation criteria can be found in the Screening Information Request.



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