PARTNER — the Partnership for AiR Transportation Noise and Emissions Reduction — is a leading aviation cooperative research organization. An FAA Center of Excellence, PARTNER is sponsored by the FAA, NASA, Transport Canada, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Established by the FAA in September 2003, PARTNER fosters breakthrough technological, operational, policy, and workforce advances for the betterment of mobility, economy, national security, and the environment. The organization's operational headquarters is at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment; Professor Ian Waitz, Dean of the MIT School of Engineering, is the director.
PARTNER comprises 12 universities, and approximately 50 advisory board members. One of PARTNER's greatest strengths is the advisory board's diversity and inclusiveness. Its members include aerospace manufacturers, airlines, airports, national, state and local government, professional and trade associations, non-governmental organizations and community groups. They are united to foster collaboration and consensus to jointly advance environmental performance, efficiency, safety and security.
As an incentive to collaboration, equal matches are required for federal dollars granted to PARTNER. The universities provide some of these matching funds, but most are obtained from the organizations represented on the advisory board. This collaborative process has fueled unique research efforts involving a wide spectrum of participants.
PARTNER research and activities include: