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About the NextGen Institute

Overview
Vision 100-Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act, Pub. L. 108-176, represents a multi-agency initiative to transform the future air transportation system. This act created the Joint Planning and Development Office as the means by which six government agencies will combine resources and talent to effect the transformation and further, Vision 100 directed that "the [Joint Planning and Development] Office shall consult with the public and ensure participation of experts from the private sector."
The NextGen Institute was established in March 2005 via a contract between the National Center for Advanced Technologies (NCAT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) "as the mechanism through which the JPDO will access world-class private sector expertise, tools, and facilities for application to NGATS activities and tasks." Professional, technical and consulting services from a broad spectrum of industry will be provided through the NextGen Institute "as requested by the JPDO leadership in support of planning, research, analysis, assessment, architecture, functional requirements setting, prototyping, simulation, and demonstrating future system attributes."

Co-located with the JPDO, the Institute is a fully involved partner in the day to day activities and process through which the JPDO accomplishes the Vision 100 and NGATS goals.

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Purpose and Goals
The NextGen Institute was created in March, 2005 with the purpose of:
  • Enabling partnership between the government and private sector on goals and priorities and definition, development, and implementation of NextGen;
  • Establishing a mechanism for gathering and applying the best expertise in support of NextGen;
  • Encouraging the development of transformational ideas; and
  • Sustaining a long-term undertaking by promoting jointly supporting solutions and coordinated investments.
The goals for the NextGen Institute are to:
  • Establish the mechanism for the JPDO to access world-class expertise, tools, and facilities for application to the NextGen activities and tasks;
  • Conduct JPDO-requested work in support of planning, research, analysis, assessment, architecture, setting functional requirements, prototyping, simulation, and demonstrating future system attributes;
  • Validate new concepts and approaches;
  • Establish a collaborative relationship between the government and private sector that will serve as a catalyst for fostering a shared vision of NextGen and combine the talents and resources of government, industry and academia.
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Formation of the NextGen Institute
The NextGen Institute was formed in March, 2005 under an Other Transactions Agreement (OTA) (see also: OTA Mod addressing OCI , OTA Mod 4, OTA Mod 9, OTA Mod 11) between the FAA and the National Center for Advanced Technologies (NCAT), a 501(c)(3) affiliate of the Aerospace Industries Association.

Selection of the IMC followed a public notice and outreach process conducted by the NextGen Institute. The call for applications yielded an enthusiastic response; there were fifty three applicants for the 15 private sector seats on the IMC. IMC members were selected from the applicant pool following a process outlined in the OTA.

The NextGen Institute is fully operational; Institute Management Council meetings began in May 2005.

The NextGen Institute Executive Director and staff are collocated with the JPDO offices to improve communications and coordination between the Institute and the JPDO.

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Principles of Operation
The NextGen Institute provides a fair and balanced framework that embraces all individuals, industry, and user segments. The Institute uses its web site and the JPDO communications network to reach out to participants and inform them of activities.

Participation in the NextGen Institute is open to any individual or entity. The NextGen Institute is not a membership organization and there are no dues to participate.

Opportunities for participation in the NextGen Institute are:
  • Public meetings - The NextGen Institute must hold at least one public meeting per year to allow those not affiliated with the IMC, Working Groups the opportunity to review the status of the Institute's activities and provide comment. The first Institute public meeting will occur before the end of 2Q FY06.
  • IMC membership - Applicants who are selected to be IMC members serve a two year term , but are eligible for reappointment. IMC members serve on a pro-bono basis.
  • Working Groups (WG) - Applicants are selected to serve on Working Groups based on a review of the applicants qualifications against the needs requested by the WG Co-Chairs. Participants on Working Groups serve on a pro-bono basis.
Any individual or entity is also allowed bid on contracts that are noticed by the NextGen Institute.

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Institute Management Council
The Institute Management Council (IMC) oversees the policy, recommendations, and products of the NextGen Institute. The IMC also is responsible for review of the contracts selection process to ensure it remains fair and effective.

The Institute Management Council consists of seventeen senior leaders from the aviation community. Members of the IMC were selected to provide a broad representation of the civil aviation community and a commitment to the transformation of the national air transportation system. A full IMC roster can be found on the Institute website.

The presidents of the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) and Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) serve as Co-Chairs. The Co-Chairs, along with three members from the IMC and one Ex-Officio, make up the Executive Committee (ExComm). The presidents of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), and Air Transport Association (ATA), and the Director of the JPDO make up the other Executive Committee members.

The JPDO Director is an Ex-Officio, non-voting member of the IMC and on the Executive Committee.

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Working Groups (WG)
The JPDO provides requests to the NextGen Institute for private sector expertise on its WGs or other technical or policy working groups. The Institute then issues solicitations for applications and reviews the applications against requirements to select the team or group members.

The JPDO is currently considering forming other joint government-private sector working groups. Subsequent calls for participation will be issued on this web site.

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Contractual Awards
Notices for contractual work opportunities will be posted on the Institute website.
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