From Aviation Week:
NASA is to create a new research program focused on reducing aircraft fuel burn, noise and emissions and accelerating transfer of the technologies developed to the aviation community.
The new Integrated Systems Research Program (ISRP) is the centerpiece of NASA’s $507 million budget request for aeronautics research in Fiscal 2010, and is supported by a $59.5 million increase over the funding requested for Fiscal 2009. [..]
As a first step, the ISRP will support the Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA) project, to be funded at $62.4 million for Fiscal 2010. This aims to simultaneously reduce fuel burn, noise and emissions. “We are talking 40-50% fuel-burn reduction. We’re not interest in 5-10%,” [says Jaiwon Shin, associate administrator for the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate.] [..]
NASA is making other changes to align its aeronautics research even more closely with the FAA’s Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) airspace modernization program.
Shin says the agency will take the lead in closing two major research and development “gaps” identified for NextGen: air-ground functional allocation and validation and verification of complex systems.