NEW! Industry request to provide research ideas related to emerging issues!

The ACRP Oversight Committee has identified a set of emerging issues and invites the industry to develop research ideas to address them. To see the emerging issues, click on RESEARCH ROADMAPS / EMERGING ISSUES (above) and scroll to the bottom of that webpage.


Do you have an idea for airport research, a synthesis of practice, or a legal study?

Idea CreatorIf you know an industry-wide problem that could use some attention, enter it into IdeaHub! To share your idea, click on the "Create New Idea" button at the top of the navigation sidebar on the right. You will then be asked to provide some information, including if you think your idea lends itself as a traditional research project or a synthesis of practice, a title, summary, objective, and background to help the industry understand the situation. You can also select tags to draw attention to any cross-cutting topics of your idea.

We conduct three types of studies: research projects,syntheses of practice. and legal studies.

Research Projects—If the objective of your idea is to conduct extensive research to develop guidance, a tool, a database, or best practice, you should add your idea as a RESEARCH PROJECT. (Your proposed research may incidentally involve a synthesis of practice, but that is not its main objective.) Typical budgets for research projects range from $300,000 to $600,000.


Synthesis Topics—If the objective of your idea is limited to a quick review of current practice, you should enter it as a SYNTHESIS TOPIC. The current budget for a synthesis topic is $45,000. It is important to demonstrate that there is sufficient information on practice to conduct a synthesis.


Legal Studies—If the focus of your idea is on a legal or regulatory issue or challenge affecting the airport industry, you should enter it as a LEGAL STUDY.


Would you like some guidance on how to fully develop your problem statement?

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Would you like to comment on existing ideas to help them grow?

Idea TeamAn easy way to participate in IdeaHub is to help cultivate another person's idea. All you need to do is scan for ideas that interest you. You can vote on them simply by clicking the up or down arrows to the right of the idea title/description. You can add a comment by clicking on the title, scrolling down to the comments section, and entering your thoughts in the comment box.



Legal Aspects of Airport Programs

Legal Considerations for Airports Responding to Pandemics

The recent COVID 19 pandemic put a spotlight on the challenges facing airports in preparing to address pandemics in the future. State and local governments own and operate many of the airports in the U.S. and airports are like cities in many respects. In responding to potential pandemics, airports would benefit from developing strategies for addressing the federalist system in public health governance. The risk of future... more »

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Legal Aspects of Airport Programs

Compliance With, and Best Practices For, Civil Rights Requirements Applicable to Federally Funded Airports

This would provide airports with a survey of civil rights and other related laws applicable to airports, including Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)/Airport Concession DBE, the Americans With Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. The digest would include benchmarking best practices for airports in complying with such laws, such as for minority and disadvantaged... more »

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Cultural and Social Behavior Shifts Towards the Touchless Journey

The "touchless journey" results in significant changes that have been long-coming, but is now on an accelerated path resulting from the pandemic. Depending on the nature of the individual, new (especially technology) solutions bring both satisfaction and fear - all of which bring out a growing need for research and guidance on cultural and social behavioral shifts.

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Establishing Metrics to Safely Restart Aviation Post COVID-19

ACI and IATA recently issued guidance on restarting the aviation industry post-COVID-19. However, there is currently no single measure that could mitigate all the risks of restarting air travel. ACI and IATA suggest that an effective implementation should be an outcome based and layered approach, and a range of measures as the most effective way of balancing risk mitigation with the need to unlock economies and to enable... more »

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Flight Shaming and the Impacts of Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Flying Local

Flight shaming, a social pressure more common in Europe, may gain traction in the United States under a new administration focused on environmental sustainability. With air travel for tourism being the main target, the flight shaming movement could ultimately negatively impact air service and economic recovery, especially in small communities. Airports that have historically relied on the leisure traveler to boost passenger... more »

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Synthesis Topics

Synthesis of the Benefits of the Use of Airport Property for Parks and Recreational Use.

ACRP Synthesis S20-01-24 ("Examples of Airports Providing Facility Space for Community Use") surveyed airports of all sizes and found that many airports provide space or property for parks and recreational use and that airports not currently providing such space were curious about developing such uses. The surveyed airports reported that providing land for parks and recreational use provided significant benefits, including... more »

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Catalyzing airport-based carbon solutions

Airport can support carbon reduction projects that support either aircraft fuel burn reduction or site-related emissions. This revenue could generate funding for airports and shift resources that are going to non-aviation carbon options.

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Improving Airport Employee Well-Being through Targeted Programs and Tracking Metrics

Airport employees face many challenges that can create stress, and if employee stress levels are not addressed, employee health and well-being suffers. While many airports do offer employee well-being programs to address these stress and health needs, additional research is needed to ensure that the well-being programs meet the needs of all employees (e.g., varying shifts, generational differences) and that the outcomes... more »

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Talent Acquisition Methods that Promote Sustainability of the Workforce Pipeline

The purpose of this research is to support the airport industry in building a pipeline of talent that will result in skilled, long-tenured airport employees. This will be accomplished through a focus on recruitment and hiring practices that improve awareness of the industry, increase the number of interested and qualified applicants, and focus on increasing diversity and inclusion within the workforce pipeline.

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Synthesis Topics

Comparison of Employee Benefits Packages to Improve Recruitment and Retainage Across Airports Authorities

Airports Authorities in the USA are typically operated by City, County, State, Quasi-governmental, or Privately. While government and quasi-government entities may provide employee fringe benefit packages, including pension (annuity) for tenure. With changes in the airlines and airports industry, comparing employee fringe benefits packages and offering possible solutions to improve the airports financial viability, whilst... more »

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Increasing diversity and reducing airport resource requirements in airport concessions.

Included in USDOT's Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) regulation (49 CFR Part 23) is the requirement for many airports to set ACDBE goals for participation in traditional concessions activities (such as food/beverage/retail) and non-traditional concessions activities such as car rental, advertising, internet access, cable television, and customer amenities. While the effort by airports to set... more »

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Best practices for streamlining Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Airport Concession DBE Certifications

Interstate certification regulations at 49 CFR Part 26.85 intend to reduce the burdens for DBEs to be certified in multiple states. However, the wide differences in implementation among certifiers and the multiplying effect of complying with information requests may actually result in an increased burden; impacting DBE resources and opportunities and USDOT recipients' attainment.

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ACRP Badge and Medallion Award Program

The proposed research is designed to develop a comprehensive series of awards to recognize the achievement of individuals who have studied and mastered specific topical ACRP Reports, related Syntheses, webcasts, and other materials. Participants are recognized through a system of badges, medallions, and certificates. This program loosely emulates the iconic Boy Scout/Girl Scout Merit Badge programs.

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Financial Impacts of Climate Change

Airports need to build resilience and understand the potential long term impacts of climate change. However, they bump up against costs of implementing projects with resilience elements because there is little aviation specific data regarding the return of investment of such projects and the overall financial risks of climate change. Additionally, as insurance and the availability to retain loans gets more in line with... more »

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