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Here at the world’s largest aviation-oriented university, our focus on applied research is unique.

Our faculty research involving science, engineering, technology and business is applied to real-world problems at the forefront of the aviation and aerospace industries.

Our undergraduate and graduate students work alongside faculty on applied research projects.

We are building partnerships with industry, government and universities to provide solutions to the problems of today and tomorrow.

University Research

At Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University our faculty are known worldwide for being leaders in the science, skills and business of the world of aviation and aerospace.

And now, more of our faculty members 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.

Our faculty partners with private and public entities to assist in developing solutions to the aeronautical and aerospace problems of today and tomorrow from new wings for a supersonic business jet to the latest in robotics.

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Undergraduate Research

Embry-Riddle is fully committed to student research and backs it up through our Ignite Initiative, which aims to increase research and enhance student learning.

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.

Currently, students are working with industry and government partners to develop new biofuels, green vehicles and aircraft, advanced propulsion systems, renewable energy sources and unmanned autonomous systems, just to name a few.

Research Park

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has a strong research initiative to foster a research and development rich community among faculty and staff with R&D expected to double within the next 5 to 10 years.

The Congressman John Mica Engineering and Aerospace Innovation Complex at Embry-Riddle Research Park is  a 90-acre Aerospace Research and Technology Park being built in Daytona Beach. The MicaPlex will give local students and faculty the hands-on ability to find solutions to real-world problems. With an experimental aerodynamics laboratory and wind tunnel in the works, the MicaPlex is poised to attract aerospace, aviation, engineering and technological industry leaders from across the globe.


The Research Park will be a great addition to the facilities already in place for students and faculty looking to take their careers to the next level such as the Eagle Flight Research Center and Hybrid Propulsion Systems Facility, the Robertson Aircraft Accident Investigation Laboratory (Prescott), the university's new 1-meter Ritcher-Chrétien telescope, and the FAA NextGen Programs.


The NextGen facility houses technology that is being developed which will support the nation's expanding air transportation needs into the rest of this century. Research at the facility will contribute to reducing fuel consumption and associated emissions, improving situational awareness for pilots, and providing safer and more efficient passenger service.


ResearchER is published twice annually (Spring and Fall) and highlights some of the research happening at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

ERAU is equipped for and experienced in research, specifically associated with its seven areas of focus: Applied Science, Aviation, Business, Computers and Technology, Engineering, Safety, Security and Space.