The Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) just completed its tenth year. Through the past decade, ACRP has earned and maintained a reputation for research excellence that is a trademark of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine as well as all of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Cooperative Research Programs. ACRP has continually produced research results with immediate and practical application to the airport industry. Moving forward, ACRP’s leadership is committed to continued excellence and the meaningful flow of quality research results to the airport industry. As an industry-driven research program, this is best accomplished with the constant flow of quality research ideas into the program. One important element to this flow is a research roadmap defined as a dynamic strategic research plan in a specific topic area that identifies gaps in knowledge and practice, key opportunities and challenges, and outlines and prioritizes specific research projects needed to address these gaps. A roadmap outlines a research agenda that will guide the development of problem statements flowing into ACRP and can provide answers to current questions, reduce uncertainties, and provide a sound approach for future research projects. The objective will be the development of 5-year, prioritized research roadmaps that are effectively communicated on the web to feed into ACRP’s IdeaHub. The IdeaHub is an electronic repository, expected to be operational in 2018, of potential research and problem statements that can be more fully developed prior to submission to ACRP. It is expected that a broad stakeholder outreach on the specific topic areas will occur to identify subject matter experts from TRB, AAAE, ACI-NA, ACC, NASAO, and others who can help define the breadth and depth of the roadmap. However, the detailed scope of work has not yet been developed.
The purpose of this request is to identify qualified research teams with the appropriate experience and expertise to conduct research to develop a research roadmap in the topic areas of airport design and construction, and airport operations and maintenance. This project will be utilizing an expedited procurement process that involves prequalification and selection of a number of research teams that can respond quickly and competitively. The request for statement of interest, qualifications, and availability will be used to establish a short list of qualified teams for each topic area that will be invited to submit proposals to conduct the research. Each proposal will include a research approach, staffing plan, and budget. Additionally, each selected team will be required to submit the necessary documentation required for the contracting process. It is expected that the research teams will be either private consultants, academics, or a consortium of both. Selected teams are expected to have significant in-house expertise and the ability to assemble additional expertise and subject matter experts as needed for the research.
STATUS: Research is underway.