The Program for Applied Research in Airport Security (PARAS) is an industry-driven, applied research program that develops near-term practical solutions to security problems faced by airport operators. PARAS is managed by Safe Skies, funded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and modeled after the Airport Cooperative Research Program of the Transportation Research Board. Contractors conduct the research and are selected through a competitive proposal process.
Projects are developed from Problem Statements submitted by industry professionals. The due date for the current cycle is listed in the Call for Problem Statements.
See the Guidance for Preparing Problem Statements document for information on determining whether ideas may be a good fit for PARAS. The Preparation Outline provides instruction on how to format the Problem Statement submission.
A Project Panel consists of approximately seven people, typically representatives from airports, consultancies, companies, academia, FAA or TSA, and other industry organizations. Panel Members are selected for their expertise and interest in the research area. PARAS will attempt to balance each panel across relevant disciplines.
Those interested in serving on a Project Panel should complete the Project Panel Application and send it along with a résumé to the PARAS Program Officer. Although Project Panels are generally formed once yearly, applications may be submitted at any time.