ASSURE Partnership Information

The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) formally designated and funded unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) center of excellence, the Alliance for Systems Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE) is comprised of 15 core member universities, eight affiliate universities and more than a hundred corporate/government/association partners. ASSURE is purposely designed to be a large and diverse organization comprised of members with a variety of core competencies to address the complex nature of safely integrating unmanned aircraft systems into the National Airspace System (NAS).

University Partners

ASSURE is comprised of twenty-two of the world's leading research institutions.

Core University Partners

Core University Partners are the fifteen universities which were originally designated as part of the ASSURE program contract award. Each of these schools has a contract with the FAA to conduct UAS research and has the ability to sub-contract with Affiliate and Certified Partners for research support. These universities include Mississippi State University, Drexel University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Kansas State University, Montana State University, New Mexico State University, North Carolina State University, Oregon State University, University of Alabama-Huntsville, University of Alaska-Fairbanks, University of California Davis, University of Kansas, University of North Dakota, The Ohio State University, and Wichita State University.

Affiliate University Partners

Affiliate University Partners are universities which do not have a contractual relationship with the FAA, but provide a needed capability to the ASSURE program. Affiliate partners may receive research funding from a Core Partner. There are nine Affiliate Partners. The ability for a university to become an Affiliate Partner is very limited, and it is not likely ASSURE will add additional Affiliate Partners in the future. These universities include Auburn University, Concordia, Indiana State University, Louisiana Tech University, Nanyang Technological University, Sinclair Community College, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Tuskegee University, and University of Southampton.

Certified Partners

Certified Partners are industry or university partners which are paying members of the ASSURE program, and as such are eligible to receive information related to the research being conducted, and potentially receive ASSURE project funding.

Registered Partners

Registered Partners are Industry, Academic, and Government partners who do not pay for membership in the center of excellence and are not eligible to receive internal research information or be funded, but are allowed to participate in ASSURE industry events.

Building Strong Relationships

Strong relationships with all our partners is absolutely necessary to meet our 1 to 1 matching funds requirement under the condition of the FAA grant, but it is also strongly desired that our Certified Partners have the opportunity to participate in and potentially be funded to support the needed research. In support of this, we have reached an agreement with our sponsors in which we will be able to fund our Certified Partners; however, they cannot participate in a majority role (a comfortable number is no more than 25% of the value of the project) and they cannot be the face of the project...their role must always be subordinate to the lead university. Also, in the past we have not been able to provide detailed research results outside the actual research team and sponsor, however we have reached an agreement with our sponsor on a mechanism to release detailed research information to our Certified Partners.

The Overall ASSURE Value

ASSURE is designed to bring industry, government and academia together to conduct and support joint UAS research and to provide the data to enable FAA rulemaking facilitating UAS access to the NAS. No other organization does this. The FAA strongly encourages industry to work via ASSURE in support of mutual research goals. The FAA is directing ASSURE to work within the alliance in the conduct of research. In doing so, ASSURE creates an opportunity for industry and university partners to "pool" resources together with other contributors. These opportunities include federal funding, significantly compounding investment levels. ASSURE focuses on FAA's priorities, removing the guesswork out of FAA research requirements. ASSURE also successfully serves as an industry conduit to recommend FAA UAS research priorities.

ASSURE Certified Partner Benefits

  • To shape research through proposing research, solutions, and ideas that not only benefit industry but core business goals
  • To provide funding in support of ASSURE research projects
  • To attend ASSURE semi-annual meetings
  • To have access to on-going research findings and results
  • Opportunities for broadening contacts and networking with access to other ASSURE industry partners
  • Recruiting opportunities with access to top UAS students, researchers and potential future employees
  • Marketing opportunities and support at ASSURE events
  • Political support from a well-organized ASSURE support network across core member states
    • Congress directing FAA to use ASSURE for most UAS research
    • ASSURE political team cooperates on FAA/DoD/DHS/NASA legislative issues

ASSURE Registered (unpaid) Partner Benefits

  • Can attend ASSURE semi-annual meetings
  • Access to any ASSURE public domain information
  • International and Governmental Agencies automatically fall within this affiliate category

Certified Partner Membership Fees

The ASSURE Certified Partner annual membership is based on company size.
  • $1,000 - Companies with less than 10 employees (two online access accounts)
  • $3,000 - Companies with 10 to 50 employees (four online access accounts)
  • $5,000 - Companies with more than 50 employees (six online access accounts)
NOTE: A tax-exempt status has been applied for.

Our partner's contributions are critical to the success of ASSURE in its mission to provide the research necessary for the FAA to establish the rules and standards necessary to safely integrate UAS into the National Airspace. With significant contributions in cash, or contributions in-kind for the year of ten (10) times the annual membership tier fee ($10,000; $30,000; $50,000), the annual membership fee will be waived for the following year.

Memberships are annual and runs 12 months from the end of the month joined. Renewal notices will be sent out at the end of the membership period.

We appreciate your support. Please consider the needs of your organization and the value offered by ASSURE, and determine which level of partnership best serves your needs.

For more information, contact:
Stephen Luxion
ASSURE Executive Director