Identifying Future Research Ideas for ACRP

The Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) and the ACI-NA Small Airports Committee are jointly seeking assistance to identify future research ideas for 2015.

As many of you know, ACRP is an industry-driven, applied research program. The ideas and topics for the research come from people in the airport industry, including many of the Committees that comprise ACI-NA. The research is conducted by contractors, and overseen by panel of industry experts like you, with day-to-day management provided by ACRP staff.

Through applied research, the program seeks to find solutions to today’s real world problems. The research findings, conclusions, or outcomes from the research are expected to put into practice at the conclusion of the research and are often in the form of guidebooks, reports, manuals, identification of best practices, software, etc.

How exactly are research ideas submitted? The program requires industry to submit an individual "problem statement" which is simply a description of a problem or question in which you need an answer. It includes some background information that says why the problem is important, and a concise description of what you want to accomplish or produce with the research. The problem statement is refined by an expert panel that is the basis for a Request for Proposal (RFP) that is ultimately used to find a contractor to conduct the research. 

Ideas that have been suggested for research include:

  • Impact of Regulatory Compliance Costs on Small Airports (Report 90)
  • Guidebook for Improving Environmental Performance at Small Airports (Report 43)
  • Guidebook for Managing Small Airports (Report 16)
  • Marketing Techniques for Small Airport (Report 68)
  • Guidebook for Airport Irregular Operations Contingency Planning (Report 65)
  • Guidebook for Developing General Aviation Airport Business Plans (Report 77)

As airport operators, what problems are you seeing every day, seasonally or annually? Do you ask yourself often if there must be a better way to accomplish a task, assignment or mission? Could you benefit from knowing what the best practices or standards are in a specific area? 

Over the serious of the next two months ACI-NA and ACRP staff would like to collect research ideas from ACI-NA Small Airports Committee members, send the identified topics to all Committee members for ranking, obtain/send the rankings of topics submitted, and finally host a joint webinar to write mini problem statements in late January, 2014 (assisted by both ACRP and ACI-NA staff). To kick off the first phase, we are asking Committee members to submit research topics should be submitted to ACI-NA’s Paul Eubanks ( no later than Friday, December 13, 2013.

Please contact ACI-NA’s Paul Eubanks ( or ACRP’s Marci Greenberger ( with any additional questions.