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

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 two types of studies: research projects and syntheses of practice.

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.

You must complete the development of your research idea into a full problem statement by March 20, 2020 at 5 PM EDT.

ACRP will begin industry evaluation shortly thereafter.

Left to submit your research idea.


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.

The deadline for submitting a synthesis topic is September 21, 2020.

The topic selection panel will meet shortly thereafter.

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Open innovation in the terminal: real-time feedback from travelers on airport initiatives

A lot of talent goes through the terminals daily. Airports can solicit targetted feedback on specific projects and initiatives from the travelers. There is no better source or time since the customers are in the right state of mind to provide feedback that affects them.

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Planning for Innovative and Emerging Mobility Futures at Intermodal Passenger Facilities

The objective of this research is to understand the impacts, opportunities, and challenges of innovative and emerging mobility on intermodal passenger facilities (including airports, rail and bus transit stations, water transit, and mobility hubs) and to identify best practices for short-, medium-, and long- range planning considerations.

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Novel Opportunity to Create Value in Aviation

Multidiscipline collaboration within the aviation industry must be aircraft centric in order to be efficient, effective, and progressive in the technological era in which we are living. The implementation of advancements in aircraft technology leads the required physical infrastructure and public policy to accommodate the technology. This synopsis explains how potential aircraft advancements and the exchange of data... more »

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Comparison and contrast of stormwater runoff at airports versus runoff at low impact development land uses

In accordance with the Clean Water Act, airports must responsibly manage stormwater runoff. Unlike highways, which have had extensive research on stormwater runoff, there is little data that indicates water quality of stormwater runoff from existing airports and airfields. There is preliminary indication from small studies that runoff from various airport land uses is cleaner than most regulatory staff assume, mostly... more »

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Determining Carbon Capture and Storage Opportunities at Airports to Achieve Net Zero Emissions

The proposed research project would evaluate carbon capture and storage technologies that could be deployed at airports to help achieve "Net Zero Emissions" in the long term and to align with global emission reduction targets.

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Effective practices for monitoring and managing tree growth off the airport.

Conduct research into cost effective strategies for periodic monitoring of airspace surfaces such as TERPS 20:1 surfaces to ensure they remain clear of obstructions. Particularly at smaller rural airports that may not have staff, zoning, or significant infrastructure that would otherwise make these issues easier to manage.

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Virtual Airport Traffic Control and Ramp Control Facilities—Guidance for U.S. Airports

The objective of this research project is to provide U.S. airport operators with guidance regarding the potential roles "virtual" ATCTs and ramp control towers can play at their facilities, and their major components and supporting technologies, and the advantages and disadvantages of these virtual facilities relative to their traditional counterparts. The project also will provide guidance regarding how airport operators,... more »

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Guidance for the Design and Justification of Resilient Airport Infrastructure Focusing on the Effects of Increased Precipitation

Further guidance on how to approach the design of airport infrastructure that is more resilient to climatic change is required. Efforts are underway both nationally and internationally to address identification of vulnerabilities and incorporating into planning documents; but there remains a gap in procedures to evaluate and determine design criteria for engineers and architects that may be more readily endorsed by funding... more »

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Effective Approaches for Persuading Travelers to Recycle and Reduce Contamination in the Waste Stream

The research would identify the best persuasive strategies, language, and media, supported by behavioral science, for successfully encouraging customers to separate waste materials at the source and reduce contamination. This would reduce the number of costly waste hauls; help rehabilitate international scrap materials markets; reduce the amount of materials being sent to landfills and incinerators; promote composting... more »

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Universal Design for Airport Terminals/Passenger Facilities

Objective is to develop airport-specific design guidelines and best practices for airport terminals and passenger facilities to make them accessible to all persons.

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Organic Waste Recycling

The goals of this research project are to 1) prepare a roadmap of sustainable organic waste management solutions, ideally according with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) introduced Waste Hierarchy, 2) find the best available practices of food and biobased waste reduction, reuse and disposal, 3) pilot those immediate options available, 4) research considerations for the development of on-site biowaste disposal... more »

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Guidebook for Systematically Evaluating the Effectiveness of an Airport's Wildlife Hazard Management Plan

The goal of this research project is to provide airport operators with guidance and tools to evaluate the effectiveness of their Wildlife Hazard Management Plan (WHMP) to reduce wildlife strike risks to aviation.