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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.

  • Legal Issues Related to Large-Scale Airport Construction Projects

    Published: February 20, 2020 12:56 PM

    Large-scale, complex airport construction projects have the same issues as construction projects on a smaller scale, but they present a series of specialized legal issues.

    The TRB Airport Cooperative Research Program's ACRP Legal Research Digest 38: Legal Issues Related to Large-Scale Airport Construction Projects focuses on those legal issues causing the most significant risks during planning, design, permitting, procurement, and construction.

  • Estimating Market Value and Establishing Market Rent at Small Airports

    Published: February 11, 2020 6:41 AM

    Staff from smaller airports typically lack specialized expertise in the negotiation and development of airport property or the resources to hire consultants. …

  • Public–Private Partnerships: What Are the Lessons Learned?

    Published: February 10, 2020 12:50 PM

    There are opportunities and challenges in implementing public–private partnerships at airports. …

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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.


Most links on this page go to the ACRP website administered by the Transportation Research Board (TRB), which is not part of or any other Federal government website. After you leave, you are subject to the privacy and security policies of TRB and are no longer protected by Federal privacy laws.

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