RAISE (Recognizing Aviation and Aerospace Innovation in Science and Engineering) Award


In response to a recommendation by the DOT’s Future of Aviation Advisory Committee, the Secretary of Transportation is announcing an award to recognize students who develop unique scientific and engineering innovations in aerospace and aviation. 

We're looking for students at high schools and universities, including graduate programs, to develop innovative solutions to real-world aviation and aerospace issues, and to share those innovations with the broader community.



Competition Organizer

U.S. Department of Transportation

*Available in all states*

Submission Date


Awards Date


Competition Category
  • Graduate - All U.S.
  • High School -All U.S.
  • Technology - Other
  • Virtual/Online
Who's Eligible

A submission package will consist of the following sections in this order:

  1. Nomination letter from at least one teacher, advisor, faculty member, and others as appropriate.  The nomination letter(s) must communicate the following accomplishments in two areas:

    Technical Merit of the Concept

    Evidence of technical merit based upon teacher (parent or legal guardian in the case of home schooled applicants), advisor, or faculty nomination and evaluation of the submitted proposal, written paper, and/or reports.
    Professionalism and Leadership

    Evidence of professionalism and leadership can be in the form of, but not limited to:
    1)      Membership and offices held in various groups
    2)      Presentations made to various groups, meetings, and at symposia
    3)      Leadership in student professional activities
    4)      Community outreach activities
  2. An overall summary of the innovation, not to exceed one page, which includes a statement of the impact that the innovation will have on the field of aviation or aerospace;
  3. A copy of the paper(s) and related materials describing the innovative concept written by the student(s) being nominated (no page limit).
Competition Prizes

A winner will be announced by the Secretary of Transportation in October 2012.

A trophy with the winner’s name and date of award will be displayed at a Department of Transportation, and a display copy of the trophy will be sent to the winner’s school/college/university. An additional trophy will be awarded to the individual or team.

Other Info

Federal grantees may not use Federal funds to develop COMPETES Act challenge applications unless such use is consistent with the purpose of their grant award.

Federal contractors may not use Federal funds from a contract to develop COMPETES Act challenge applications or to fund efforts in support of a COMPETES Act challenge submission.