The National Academies

ACRP 11-02/Task 33 [Active]

Research Roadmap on Policy and Planning Issues

  Project Data
Funds: $100,000
Staff Responsibility: Theresia H. Schatz
Research Agency: Steer Davies Gleave
Principal Investigator: Stephen Van Beek
Effective Date: 2/12/2018
Completion Date: 2/11/2019


As an industry-driven research program, ACRP relies on a flow of quality research ideas into the program. One important element to this flow is a research roadmap that is defined as a dynamic strategic research plan in a specific topic area that identifies gaps in knowledge and practice as well as key opportunities and challenges, and outlines and prioritizes specific research ideas needed to address these gaps. The intent of a roadmap is to facilitate industry development of problem statements and identify future research.

Airport policy and planning at all types and sizes of airports can share the same mission or similar missions in their day-to-day policy and long-term planning. These missions include, for example, regulatory compliance, asset management, and operational efficiency and effectiveness, among others. Understanding these common missions can be helpful in organizing and understanding where there are knowledge gaps. A research roadmap will further define and prioritize those areas of further research in the area of airport policy and planning.


The objective of this research is to develop a research roadmap in the area of airport policy and planning. The roadmap should be a prioritized list of topics/themes and described in sufficient detail to help and encourage the industry, and for ACRP to consider for the next 3 to 5 years in developing problem statements.


The ACRP is seeking the insights of proposers on how best to achieve the research objective. Proposers are asked to develop and include a detailed research plan for accomplishing the project objective. Proposers are expected to describe research plans that can realistically be accomplished within the constraints of available funds and contract time. Proposals must present the proposers' current thinking in sufficient detail to demonstrate their understanding of the issues and the soundness of their approach to meeting the research objective. The work proposed must be divided into tasks and proposers must describe the work proposed in each task in detail.

The research plan should include, at a minimum, the following interim deliverables for ACRP review and approval that include:

  • Criteria on how the topics & themes will be prioritized;
  • List of the common missions that guide airport policy and planning for all sized airports as part of the gap analysis;
  • Taxonomy of how issues will be categorized;
  • Summary of related research and planned research for the next 3 to 5 years; and
  • List of stakeholders by function/title and affiliation to be engaged, and the method(s) for engagement.

The research plan should build in appropriate checkpoints with the ACRP panel, including at a minimum:

  • A kick-off teleconference meeting to be held within 1 month of the Notice to Proceed,
  • One face-to-face interim deliverable review meeting, and
  • Web-enabled teleconferences tied to the panel review and ACRP approval of other interim deliverables deemed appropriate.

The final deliverable will be a prioritized list of research ideas (roadmap) in the area of airport policy and planning.

STATUS: Steer Davies Gleave will be ocnducting the research.

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