Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP)
Graduate Research Award Program on Public Sector Aviation Issues
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Applications for the 2016-2017 academic year must be submitted electronically by May 15, 2016. A hard copy of the application must be mailed to the Virginia Space Grant Consortium no later than May 23, 2016 to the attention of Mary Sandy at 600 Butler Farm Road, Suite 2200, Hampton, VA 23666.
Note: Upon submission, reference and faculty advisor commitment forms are automatically generated by the application system and sent to the selected individuals. They must be returned by May 29, 2016 to complete the 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. Designation and commitment of a faculty research advisor is required. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the faculty advisor has submitted the required documentation provided by the application system. In addition, two letters of reference are required; one must be from a faculty member or department head who knows the applicant’s work or interest in the field. Note: The faculty research advisor is not allowed to be listed as one of the two references.
The objective of the current research program is to initiate awards by the start of the fall 2016 semester.
- February 5, 2016 – Application available.
- May 15, 2016 – Electronic submission of application is due.
- May 23, 2016 – Hard copy of the application is due.
- May 29, 2016 – Last date for receipt of the references and faculty advisor commitment form.
- August, 2016 – Contracts awarded to recipients.
- October 1, 2016 – First scoping discussion/meeting and review of draft work plan with mentor, advisor, and research grant recipient.
- January 31, 2017 – First interim review.
- April 28, 2017 – Second interim review.
- July 14, 2017 – Draft research paper due.
- August 31, 2017 – Research papers due.
- January 2018 – 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:
Inquiries should be directed to the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, which is managing the program on behalf of the Airport Cooperative Research Program, at 757/766-5210 or firstname.lastname@example.org (e-mail is preferable).