NEW FY 2017 AIRPORT COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM SYNTHESIS TOPICS: Nominate Topic Panel Experts, Principal Investigator Letters of Interest and Qualifications to Consult, And Propose New Topics for 2018
You are invited to express interest to serve as an expert topic panelist, serve as a consultant principal investigator for a topic panel, or submit new ACRP Synthesis topics.
NOMINATE A TOPIC PANEL EXPERT
You are invited to express your interest in being a topic panel expert.
To express interest in serving as a topic panel member or to nominate an expert to serve as a topic panel member, please submit directly to our Topic Panel Web Portal. You will be asked to submit an electronic resume for your nominee. Nominations are due January 6, 2017.
Principal Investigator Letters of Interest and Qualifications to Consultant
The new topic scopes are linked at the bottom of this page. We are continuing a nine-month project cycle with a $5,000 bonus for adhering to the agreed-upon schedule.
**SPECIAL TOPIC** ACRP S17-01-16: “Microgrids and their Application for Airports and Public Transportation” is offering a $75,000 consultant fee. The topic is a joint project funded by the ACRP and TCRP to compile microgrid information and experience in order to benefit overall airport and public transportation operations and resilience, and provide information to airports and transit agencies who may consider establishing a microgrid. (See below for link to topic write-up.)
Please note the following information for consultants:
- View a sample of our consultant contract. (There is a modified version of this for state entities.)
- The nine-month contract period is based on the following milestones:
- TRB Notice to Proceed. All deliverables are electronic.
- Stage 1 Deliverable: Detailed Work Plan, Survey Questionnaire, and Report Outline- Due two weeks after Notice to Proceed.
- Stage 2 Deliverable: First Draft Report- Due four months after topic panel approval of work plan, questionnaire, proposed survey respondents, and report outline.
- Panel meeting to review first draft report - ACRP funds principal investigator's travel and panelists to meet at a pre-arranged date and location
- Stage 3 Deliverable: Second Draft Report- Due one month after consultant meeting with topic panel to review first draft report.
- Stage 4 Deliverable: Final Draft Report- Due one month after delivery of ballot comments on second draft report. Deliverable includes final consultant report, editing copy double spaced and stripped of figures and tables. Each figures, tables and appendices are in a discrete file.
TOTAL CONTRACT PERIOD: 9 Months
- Principal investigators/consultant will be paid $40,000 on a fixed-fee basis. If PI/consultant meets the terms of the contract, including delivery of a publishable final draft within the nine month contract period, adjusted as necessary for any review delays, he/she will be paid an additional $5,000. To propose, please send a single PDF file containing a one-to-two page letter of interest, a resume providing your qualifications, and a statement that you can comply with the terms of our contract. This is the only requirement for expression of consultant interest. The file containing consultant letters of interest, resumes, and statements of compliance are to be submitted electronically by close of business, February 10, 2017. Please submit to the Letters of Interest Web Portal.
- For further information on the ACRP synthesis program and processes, see the Overview section of this Web site and the Instructions for Consultants Preparing Synthesis. If you require further information please contact Jon Williams at 202-334-3245, or by e-mail at email@example.com
PROPOSE NEW TOPIC FOR FY 2018
New topics for FY 2018 will be selected in October 2017. New topics are accepted at any time, and are gathered in the fall for selection by the ACRP Synthesis Oversight Panel 11-03. The following factors are considered in the selection process for synthesis topics:
- The topic should address a problem that is widespread enough to generate broad interest in the synthesis.
- The topic should be timely and critical for expediting delivery, improving the quality, or lowering the cost of transportation programs.
- The topic is appropriate if current practice is non-uniform or inconsistent from agency to agency, or if the validity of some practices appears to be questionable.
- The quality and quantity of useful available information should indicate a need to organize and compress that which has already been learned and written on the topic.
- The topic should not be one where ongoing research or other activities in progress might be expected to render the synthesis obsolete shortly after completion.
For further information on the ACRP synthesis program and processes, please see the Overview section of this Web site.