ARC Contracts



ARC awards contracts for research on topics that impact economic development in the Appalachian Region, as well as contracts for technical assistance and other services. Requests for proposals (RFPs) will be posted here as they are issued by ARC.

Four RFPs are currently open:

A Program Evaluation of ARC's Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Projects, FY 2009–FY 2016
ARC invites proposals from qualified researchers and consultants to conduct a large-scale program evaluation of approximately 385 water and wastewater infrastructure projects funded by the Commission in the Appalachian Region between fiscal years 2009 and 2016. The evaluation will determine the extent to which these projects have succeeded in achieving ARC's strategic goals; inform ARC of ways to better encourage innovation as well as develop, assess, and manage water and wastewater infrastructure projects; and enhance ARC's ability to document and report program impacts. Proposals are due August 24, 2018.
Request for proposals (PDF: 210 KB)
Traffic Safety in Appalachia
ARC invites proposals from qualified researchers and consultants to conduct a research study regarding traffic safety in the Appalachian Region. The main purpose of this study is to synthesize and analyze traffic safety data in Appalachia compared with the rest of the country, and assess reasons for differences in traffic safety outcomes between Appalachia and the rest of the country, if found to be significantly different. The study will also analyze the impact that the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS) has had on traffic safety outcomes and predict the possible crash reduction benefit of completing remaining unfinished corridors. Finally, the study will identify any trends in drug-related crashes in Appalachia and assess the possible role of substance abuse issues and the opioid epidemic on traffic safety outcomes in the Region. Proposals are due August 31, 2018.
Request for proposals (PDF: 115 KB)
Access in Appalachia—Review of Current Research and Recommendations for Future Research (Phase 1)
ARC invites proposals from qualified researchers and consultants to conduct a study regarding access in the Appalachian Region. The main purposes of this study are to: a.) synthesize existing research related to access; b.) define access and identify the variables impacting access in Appalachia; c.) outline future research needs related to access in Appalachia; and d.) recommend a methodology for measuring access in Appalachia that could potentially be used by state and regional transportation agencies.
This RFP is for the first phase of a larger study that will ultimately attempt to measure access, correlate access metrics to socioeconomic outcomes, and produce guidance for practitioners to incorporate access data into transportation decision-making processes.
Proposals are due August 31, 2018.
Request for proposals (PDF: 185 KB)
Assessment of the Appalachian Diabetes Control and Translation Project (ADCTP)
ARC invites proposals from qualified research teams to conduct an assessment of the Appalachian Diabetes Control and Translation Project (ADCTP), a mature network of community-based health coalitions that use local action to prevent and control diabetes in Appalachia's distressed counties. This assessment is intended to review the history and impact of a long-term program, to assess the various performance metrics used by individual coalitions and the network as a whole, and to propose performance evaluation approaches for future consideration. Proposals are due on or before 12:00 noon on September 14, 2018.
Request for proposals (PDF: 225 KB)