Task Order Support for ACRP Insight Events

The Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) provides practical solutions to challenges faced by airport industry practitioners. Not all challenges lend themselves to applied research or to published solutions due to their dynamic or unsettled nature, lack of maturity, or because the state of knowledge or practice is still evolving. Nonetheless, the airport industry would benefit from a deeper understanding and dialog on many of these challenges even if an immediate solution is not practical. Established in 2015, ACRP Project 11-08, ACRP Insight Events is responsible for convening airport-industry leaders and subject-matter experts (SMEs) in various fields to encourage discussion and promote broader-deeper insight on topics of significance to airport operators. Consistent with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the definition of a convening event, such as an ACRP Insight Event, is intended to create a communal environment that fosters dialogue across sectors, institutions, and industries. The ACRP Oversight Committee (AOC) will decide if a particular topic warrants an ACRP Insight Event in order to provide needed insight on airport-industry topics of significance. Expectations are that each event will take place within 12 months of AOC funding authorization. The Transportation Research Board (TRB) will seek approvals from the Executive Committee of the Governing Board (GBEC) of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and will follow established TRB guidelines for the conduct of each event-project. Because ACRP is part of TRB’s cooperative research programs and does not adhere to the requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act as amended in 1997, ACRP research cannot produce policy recommendations, or advice to federal agencies or to Congress. ACRP applied research projects publish (non-FACA) contractor-authored reports. Accordingly, ACRP Insight Events may not issue a work product showing consensus or that contains summary conclusions or recommendations. Again, the sole purpose of an ACRP Insight Event is to gather the AOC, airport-industry leaders, and SMEs in various fields to encourage discussion and promote broader-deeper insight on topics of significance to airport operators. An ACRP Insight Event may result in webinar-style video recordings, web content, podcasts, infographics, or meeting notes. Other products, such as event summaries, a forum or workshop in brief, or proceedings, are possible through an Adademies report review and then published by the National Academies. However, guidelines for such products are strict and rigid. Although ACRP Insight Events do not produce solutions themselves, they illuminate issues that need attention. Each ACRP Insight Event will have its own SME planning committee to design and develop activities for the event. Usually, planning committee members are selected based on each individual’s expertise, but other considerations may be a factor. Government officials and industry associations may serve in ex officio capacity on planning committees. Among other outcomes, ACRP Insight Events may lead to opportunities for further work that are more appropriate for the ACRP. For example, the activities of an ACRP Insight Event may result in one or more ACRP problem statements, which may lead to funding an ACRP applied research project, legal study, or synthesis of practice. ACRP needs a mechanism to procure consultant services that is responsive to the AOC’s needs for a quick-response capability to convene ACRP Insight Events. The mechanism involves prequalification and selection of a small number of service providers who can respond quickly and competitively, with requisite capabilities, to task-orders for specific event-projects. This request for statements of interest, qualifications, and availability will be used to establish task-order contracts to undertake events in FY 2016 through 2020. The objectives of this project are to select two to four task-order contractors as the means to develop a flexible, ongoing, quick-response to conduct numerous ACRP Insight Events as described above. Services to be provided include logistical support, background topic research, group facilitation, event promotion, rapporteur services, communications and web content, onsite event support, and final product delivery. As specific topics are selected and authorized by the AOC and released for development, the selected task-order contractors will be invited to prepare an event-project proposal (i.e., a research plan, staffing plan, and budget) to carry out an ACRP Insight Event on that specific topic. The proposals will be evaluated by a subcommittee of the AOC and used to select a team under the task-order contract. Task-order contractors preparing event-project proposals may add subcontractors or consultants to their teams for the purpose of completing a specific event-project. Along with responses to this request for qualifications, proposals are also requested on the first three events for FY 2016.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $600000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 11-08

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Salamone, Michael

  • Start Date: 20151105
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 40425

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01580351
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 11-08
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 5 2015 1:00AM