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Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP)


The Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) is an industry-driven, applied research program that develops practical solutions to problems faced by airport operators. Funding more than 20 projects a year, ACRP focuses on issues that other Federal research programs do not address. So far, ACRP has produced more than 400 practical resources and tools for airport practitioners and makes them available for free.

ACRP is managed by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies and sponsored by the FAA.

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ACRP Webinars

ACRP regularly hosts free webinars for airport practitioners that present the results of ACRP projects. Moderated by industry experts, ACRP’s webinars are organized by theme and cover a wide range of topics of value to the industry. Many webinars offer continuing education or certification maintenance credits. Advanced registration is required.

Recently Released Publications

The following documents were recently published by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies. Please contact the FAA to determine how they apply to FAA-funded projects.

  • Airport Roles in Reducing Transmission of Communicable Diseases

    Published: January 23, 2019 12:00 PM

    TRB's Conference Proceedings 55: Airport Roles in Reducing Transmission of Communicable Diseases summarizes an event held from March 6-7, 2018 in Washington, D.C. that discussed the roles of airports in reducing transmission of communicable diseases. Speakers represented the federal government, domestic and foreign airports, local public health agencies, an international aviation organization, and academia. The proceedings focused largely on strategies, best practices, and suggestions that pertain specifically to airports, as identified by the invited speakers.

  • ACRP 5 Year Research Impact Report

    Published: January 16, 2019 3:48 PM

    TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) has released its 5-Year Research Impact Report. This report analyzes the research ACRP conducted between 2013-2017 and explores the impact of this research on the airport industry. It begins with an introduction to the publications that ACRP produced over the past 5 years and the topic areas on which these publications focus. This report also focuses on the instances in which people have engaged with ACRP research and for what purpose.

  • ACRP 2018 Annual Report of Progress

    Published: January 3, 2019 12:18 PM

    TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) has released its annual report that reflects on its 2018 achievements and includes initiating 55 new research and special projects and publishing 29 research reports. New approaches to sharing research ideas, convening experts on emerging and rapidly evolving issues, and implementing research are highlighted in the 2018 report.

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Does the FAA Use ACRP Publications and Tools?

The FAA does not just fund ACRP projects, we also use the results! ACRP findings have helped shape successful initiatives, such our Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS) program, and recent guidance, including AC 150/5360-12F, Airport Signing and Graphics, which incorporates the recommendations and guidelines from ACRP Report 52, Wayfinding and Signing Guidelines for Airport Terminals and Landside. Many other FAA ACs and Orders cite ACRP reports as useful references, and on many of our web pages, you will find links to related ACRP materials.


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