Submit an Abstract


*New Abstract Submission Deadline: by 11:59 P.M. ET on February 12, 2023

Abstract submissions must be transmitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. ET on February 12, 2023.
Late submissions will not be accepted. The Abstract Submission Form will close promptly at midnight.


  • Cover page
  • Executive Summary (Maximum 1 page)
  • Problem Statement/Need
  • Approach
  • Benefits
  • Support Letter (Template)

*Abstracts must be no longer than 12 pages, including the Cover page and Support Letter.

formatting instructions

Teams are responsible for the formatting and appearance of their Abstracts. We recommend that teams use image files with a minimum dpi of 150.

  • Submit as a PDF file.
  • Abstracts should be single spaced.
  • Font size may be 11 or 12 pt.
  • Use common font, such as Times, Times New Roman, Helvetica, or Arial for text; Symbol for mathematical symbols and Greek letters.
  • All margins should be standard 1” (2.54 cm).

submitting an abstract

To upload an Abstract, please visit the Submissions page on the Challenge website to complete the online Abstract Submission Form. Teams are encouraged to review the Evaluation Criteria below to better understand how the submissions will be judged.

No revisions can be accepted, so please proof your files carefully before submitting them. If there are any technical problems with the content of your Abstract (for example, your file was corrupted), we will try to contact you immediately, so it is very important that you provide us with up-to-date contact information on the submission form. The following information will be requested and is required to be submitted as part of the Abstract Submission Form:

  • Name of lead academic institution
  • Partnering industry or academic institutions (if any)
  • Name and contact information of faculty advisor from lead institution
  • Name and contact information for student team lead(s)
  • Name and contact information of each additional academic/industry advisor, if applicable
  • Project Title
  • PDF File upload for Abstract document

Initial Screening

Upon submission of an Abstract, you will receive acknowledgment of a successful upload and entries will be reviewed to determine that all required submission elements are included and eligibility requirements are met. In some circumstances, supplemental information including supporting documents, more detailed contact information, and statements of authenticity to guarantee the originality of the work may be requested. The Challenge Program Team and the Federal Government assume no responsibility for lost or untimely submissions for any reason.


The FAA Challenge Steering Committee (SC), a panel of FAA subject matter experts, will evaluate, rate, and rank submissions. The SC will then select up to 10 finalist teams. Decisions will be based on the following factors:
  • Approach = 40%
    • Do significant aspects of the proposed concept directly address the theme?
    • Has the submission proposed a logical and workable solution and approach to solving the problem(s)?
    • Has the team provided details that identify how the improvements, changes, and/or related activities of the proposal can be implemented in a practical manner?
    • Has the submission clearly described the depth of integration required to implement the innovation, idea, or proposed concept?
  • Need = 25%
    • Has the submission presented a clear understanding of the associated problems being addressed?
    • Has the submission clearly defined the direct beneficiaries of this concept and the breadth of impact of the various components of the innovation? 
    • Has the submission provided details identifying how the concept directly provides a benefit?
    • To what extent does this project have the potential to make a significant impact and/or contribution?
  • Benefit = 25%
    • Has the submission provided information on how likely the concept will be accepted and easily used?
  • Originality = 10%
    • To what extent is this concept new, or in what way is this an innovation on an existing idea?
    • How is this concept unique?
    • How did the team members’ experiences inform the proposed concept?
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