ACRP IdeaHub FAQs




What is IdeaHub all about?

IdeaHub is the Airport Cooperative Research Program’s (ACRP’s) online platform for creating and developing airport-related research ideas. Once fully developed, ideas are considered “problem statements” and undergo a formal review process before ACRP’s Oversight Committee (AOC) considers them for funding. Ideas and problem statements are not proposals, nor are they requests for research grants; they are simply justifications for funding a research project to address a particular airport issue.


What kinds of ideas is ACRP seeking?

ACRP undertakes industry-driven, applied research designed to produce implementable results that the airport industry can use to address the numerous challenges it faces. For more information about ACRP, visit our website at: http://www.trb.org/ACRP/ACRP.aspx


Why do I have to log in?

While you can visit IdeaHub without logging in, log-in is required to fully engage in the site. This helps ensures that IdeaHub is a fun, positive, and safe community. Second, it enables practitioners to easily find others with whom to collaborate. Another benefit is that ACRP can track the types of airport industry practitioners who use the site. Finally, it gives us a chance to communicate with you about upcoming program opportunities. It’s easy to log into IdeaHub. If you already have a MyACRP or MyTRB account, you can use those log in credentials.If you don’t, you can create an account here


I can't remember my password, how do I get back into IdeaHub?

If you forget your password, visit the MyACRP site and click Lost your password. You will be asked to enter your email address, then you can click Get New Password. An email will be sent with a link, and from there, you will be able to create a new password you can use to log into IdeaHub.


I'm confused! I don't even know where to begin!

Once you’re logged into ACRP’s IdeaHub, we suggest that you first spend a few minutes exploring the site to get familiar with its contents and navigation. On the home page, you can search for interesting research ideas, create an idea, see upcoming submission deadlines, and review ACRP’s emerging issues and research roadmaps. Try looking for and viewing ideas of interest to you. Next, try posting a comment. Finally, if you have a research idea to contribute, you can introduce it to the community. (See How do I create an idea, below.)


There are so many ideas! How can I find ones that I'm interested in?

One way to find interesting ideas is to click [IDEAS] on the top banner of the home page. Ideas are, by default, sorted with the most recent ones at the top. Once on the Ideas page, you can also search by popularity and topic tags (keywords). Another way to find ideas by typing in a key word in the search field (next to the magnifying glass icon in the upper right of the page).


How do I see the full idea?

When you’ve found an idea you’re interested in, click on its title to see the entire write up. Depending on the type of idea and the degree to which it has been developed, most ideas will have a title, the person who submitted the idea, objective, background, research approach, related research, and a cost estimate.


How do I provide feedback on an idea?

Once you’ve clicked on an idea, you’ll see a place to vote (either up or down). At the bottom of the idea, you’ll see posted comments and a place to add your own thoughts. It’s important to provide feedback (votes and comments) because you may have an important consideration to help the author further develop the idea. Additionally, the ACRP Oversight Committee will consider IdeaHub voting and posted comments as they select the ideas to fund as research projects.


How do I create an idea?

It’s easy to add your idea! Simply click on the Create New Idea button in the upper right of the page and enter the fields. While it’s easy to add your idea, you must also remember that it will be among many considered for funding, so you should strive to present your idea as thoughtfully and concisely as possible. Here are the steps to adding your idea:

  1. Once you click Create New Idea, you’ll need to assign it to idea collection in which your idea should go:

  2. a. Choose Research Projects for traditional research ideas leading to guidelines, tools, best practices, etc., and typically costing between $300,000 and $500,000;
    b. Choose Synthesis Topics for an idea limited to a review of current practice; or
    c. Choose Legal Aspects for an idea focused on airport legal or regulatory issues.

  3. Create a concise title (10 words or fewer if possible).

  4. Add a brief description that summarizes the gist of your idea. (This can be seen without having to click and open the entire idea.)

  5. Next, under Linked Ideas, you may see a list of related ideas. If you see some that are very similar to yours, you should either explain how yours differs in your background section (Step 6, below) or not add your idea and instead offer suggestions to the related ones already in IdeaHub. You may also add links to these related ideas.

  6. Add tags (key words) to help people find your idea. In most cases, you could have between 3 and 5 tags.

  7. Use the Background section to provide context by explaining the problem the airport industry is encountering and how your research idea will help solve that problem. Additionally, if your idea is similar to others, you should refer to them and explain how yours differs.

  8. Add an objective. This should be laser focused on the product(s) to be produced from the research effort (e.g., guidebook, toolkit, database, model). Do not include research steps.

  9. Describe a possible approach to conduct the research by providing key steps to show the research is achievable. But there is no need to be too prescriptive since the panel and proposers will be able to provide much more thought into how the research might be accomplished.

  10. Provide a cost estimate and backup. Most ACRP research projects cost between $300,000 and $500,000 and take 1 to 2 years to accomplish.

  11. List related research to demonstrate your idea is building on existing work and is addressing a research gap.

  12. If you simply want to add an idea to IdeaHub and don’t wish to continue to refine it and complete the required fields, you can choose not to be the idea’s owner at the bottom of the form. But remember that, until an ideas is fully developed, it will not be submitted for funding consideration.

I added my idea, now what?

Once your idea has been created, it will be available for everyone in the community to see. We would encourage you to share your idea with your colleagues so they can vote on it and provide comments. You can share a link to your idea by email or social media by clicking on the Share icon, which resembles an outbox with an up arrow. You can respond to comments and make revisions to your idea all the way up until the submittal deadline. On the submittal date, ACRP will move completed ideas into the Submitted stage. At that point, no more changes can be made.


I don't want people to see and comment on my idea—is there a way to add an idea and not have it be visible?

A fundamental reason that ACRP uses IdeaHub for gathering ideas is because we believe it is through industry collaboration that ideas can be developed into high quality problem statements. Therefore, all ideas and resulting problem statements are visible to the IdeaHub community and open for voting and comment.


I'm having trouble with a technical issue—can someone help me?

One common issue is trying to perform functions or access parts of the site that can only be accomplished if you’re logged in. So, first make sure you see your username in the upper right corner to ensure you’re logged in. If you are still having a technical issue, we recommend contacting the IdeaScale support team by clicking on the conversation icon at the lower right of the site.


How do I find a specific idea I've heard about?

There are several ways to locate a specific idea. First, you can type a key word in the search window to narrow the number of displayed ideas. If you know the idea number, you can also type that into the search window. Lastly, you can ask the idea’s owner to send you a link to the idea.


How can I find related research?

You can find related research by visiting the ACRP website (http://www.trb.org/ACRP/ACRP.aspx) and using its search feature. General, online searches may also be used. If you want to see if there ACRP research projects underway, you can search for those by clicking on "PROJECTS" on the banner at the top of the ACRP website. Lastly, feel free to post the question as a comment for the IdeaHub community.


What is the deadline for creating an idea?

Research ideas can be added to IdeaHub any time. However, since ACRP operates on an annual cycle, research ideas need to be fully developed as problem statements, and synthesis topics and legal topics need to be added by specific deadlines in order to allow sufficient time for review and funding consideration. The deadlines for each sub-program are shown on the IdeaHub home page.


What do I do if my idea is similar to other ideas or other research?

There are several ways to address this situation. First, you can join the conversations of similar ideas by posting comments and questions. If you've already created a similar idea, your idea could be combined with an existing idea. If, however, your idea is similar yet distinct enough to warrant its own research effort, it will be up to you to distinguish your idea from those that are related. This is important because some practitioners, including some on the AOC Oversight Committee, may not have the expertise required to readily understand the subtleties between your idea and the related research.


What makes a good idea or problem statement?

Our reviewers and our Oversight Committee use specific criteria to gauge the relevance, value, and quality of a problem statement. Visit the help pages in IdeaHub to view tutorials for creating ideas and growing them into problem statements.

Watch a short video on what makes a good problem statement

Watch a 2-part webinar on writing a problem statement and getting it into IdeaHub


How can I find out the status of my idea or problem statement?

When you open an idea, you will see the phase it's on to the right side of the idea. Conversely, you can see all the ideas in various phases by clicking on the listing of phases on the right side of the IdeaHub site.


When will I know I've been selected to do the research associated with my idea?

The focus of IdeaHub is to identify what research to undertake, not to identify a contractor to do the work. The creation of an idea and/or the submission of a problem statement are not the same as proposing to do the research or requesting a research grant. If a problem statement is selected for funding, a panel of topic experts is formed to prepare a request for proposals, and anyone may submit a proposal to do the work (including the original idea creator/owner).


I can't find an idea—where did it go?

Rest assured that ideas do not disappear from IdeaHub. Yet, to make the number of ideas displayed more manageable, in most places within the site, only a limited number will appear. For example, if you are looking at ideas in the environmental category, other ideas not related to that topic will not appear. Likewise, if you've picked a particular tag, only those ideas with that tag will be displayed. Additionally, if you're accessing an idea in a particular phase (e.g., Build a Team, Collaborate & Refine), you will only see ideas in those phases. If you've "lost" an idea, type in a key word or the idea number associated with the idea in the search function and will show up on your screen.


I saved an idea as a draft, and now I can't find it! Where did it go?

When you save an idea as a draft, it will not be publically visible. To get to your draft idea, first, click on "Create New Idea." In the section with the heading "Add Your Idea to IdeaHub," you will see a counter that says, "1 Draft." Click on that to bring up your draft idea.


How do I edit previously completed fields in my idea?

You may revise any field of your idea as long as it is in the IDEA COLLECTION stage. To revise a field, open your idea and click on the edit icon (pencil symbol located at the end of your idea fields).


How will I know if my problem statement was approved and funded?

Projects that have been approved and funded are listed in the Approved Projects stage.