Embry-Riddle has a strong research initiative to foster a research and development (R&D) rich community among faculty and staff. R&D is expected to double within the next five to 10 years. Concurrently, Embry-Riddle is developing a 90-acre aerospace research and technology park located just blocks from campus. This research and technology park will provide the opportunity to strengthen and expand partnerships between faculty performing applied research and industry seeking innovative solutions. In addition, Embry-Riddle students gain valuable experience from exposure to private industry through the research park.
The Florida Test Bed (FTB) is an FAA initiative to develop a NextGen research and demonstration facility at Daytona Beach. The FTB's goal is to provide stakeholders with a rapid integration capability for testing operational improvements and enablers by leveraging the National Air Space (NAS) using prototype capabilities. It uses a cost-effective and scalable architecture to allow for new growth as the operational improvements and enablers evolve. FTB is being used to integrate and demonstrate NextGen and legacy technologies into existing and planned enhancements for the NAS.
The FTB integrates multiple flight domains within its facility to provide end-to-end or multi-domain demonstrations and concept evaluations. It will provide an open platform to help evaluate and examine the feasibility of new technologies. Through governance, the FTB will allow access to industry, government, and academic institutions interested in the development of NextGen technologies. Partnerships with industry are seen as key to the mission of the FTB. The FTB is currently supported by Embry-Riddle through an Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) with the FAA to operate the FTB and work with industry in support of NextGen goals.
Embry-Riddle specializes in aviation and aerospace related research but also conducts research in many other fields. More of our faculty are involved in research than ever before, supported by external funding from either industry or government agencies such as the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the FAA. Students are encouraged to participate in research. Undergraduate students can work with faculty on faculty-led research projects, or they can devise their own research projects supported through the university’s Ignite program or through other internal university research funding. Graduate students (M.S. and Ph.D.) are also involved in thesis/dissertation research as a requirement for their graduate degrees.