Hoeven Announces FAA UAS Research Grants to the University of North Dakota

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded two grants to the University of North Dakota (UND) to continue their first-in-the-nation unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research and development. The FAA has award $325,042 to research and evaluate UAS electromagnetic compatibility while an additional $80,000 grant will be used to support Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) research and operations. This funding was made available through the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE) grants, funded by Congress through Fiscal Year 2022 appropriations. 

“We’ve worked hard to make North Dakota a premiere hub for UAS research, development, training and operations,” said Hoeven. “These grants will support UND’s continued efforts to research and safely advance UAS technologies as it expands throughout the nation’s airspace.”