Airport Cooperative Research Program
Graduate Research Award Program on Public Sector Aviation Issues
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Applications are due for the coming Academic Year - May 15, 2015
Note: Upon Submission, reference and faculty advisor commitment forms will be automatically generated by the system, sent to the selected individuals, and must be returned by May 29, 2015 to complete your application.
The purpose of the Graduate Research Award Program is to encourage applied research on airport and related aviation system issues and to foster the next generation of aviation community leaders. The program is intended to stimulate thought, discussion, and research by those who may become the future airport managers, operators, designers, and policy makers in aviation. The focus of this research program is on applied research to help the public sector continue to improve the quality, reliability, safety, and security of the U.S. civil aviation system well into the foreseeable future.
Under the program, the applicant selects the topic to be researched, supervised by a faculty member at his or her institution. Appropriate topics may be drawn from a wide range of subjects of interest to the U.S. public sector airport/aviation community. A list of possible subject areas is available via a link on the TRB web site. Additional topics are shown on the TRB Research Needs Database. Other sources for research ideas include suggestions from TRB Standing Committees and potential research problems identified in previously completed ACRP projects.
Applicants are not restricted to suggested topics as long as proposals address the stated purpose of the Graduate Research Award Program.
These awards will be offered only to persons who, on the date of the application, are both (1) citizens or permanent residents of the United States, or have a current student visa, and (2) officially enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited North American institution of higher learning for the academic year in a graduate course leading to a master’s or doctoral degree. Proof of both may be required. Eligibility status must be maintained throughout the academic year. Candidates in Master’s and Doctoral programs will be evaluated separately. Applicants must submit the prescribed application form fully executed by the due date indicated. Two letters of reference will be required; one must be from a faculty member or department head who knows the applicant’s work or interest in the field. Designation and commitment of a faculty research advisor (who may be one of the references) is also required. It is also the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the faculty advisor has submitted the required documentation provided by the application system.
The objective of the current research program is to initiate awards by the start of the fall semester.
• May 15, 2015 Applications due
• May 29, 2015 Last date for receipt of references and faculty advisor commitments.
• August, 2015 Contracts awarded to recipients
• October 1, 2015 1st scoping discussion/meeting and review of draft work plan with mentor, advisor, and research grant recipient
• January 31, 2016 1st interim review
• April 30, 2016 2nd interim review
• July 15, 2016 draft research paper due
• August 31, 2016 Research papers due
• January 2017 Papers presented at TRB’s Annual Meeting, published as part of the Compendium of Papers for the meeting, and considered for publication in TRB's Transportation Research Record
Details on the award program, including eligibility requirements and application materials, are available online:
Hard copy applications must be received no later than midnight on May 20, 2015, delivered to the following address:
Graduate Research Award Program
ATTN: Mary Sandy
Virginia Space Grant Consortium
600 Butler Farm Road, Suite 2200
Hampton, VA 23666
Note: Upon submission, reference and faculty advisor commitment forms will be automatically generated by the system, sent to the selected individuals, and must be returned by May 29, 2015 to complete your application.
Inquiries should be directed to Virginia Space Grant Consortium:
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (e-mail is preferable)