CALL FOR TOPICS FOR TRANSPORTATION FINANCE BRIEFING PAPERS
DUE DATE: DECEMBER 30, 2009
The Center for Excellence in Project Finance (CEPF), which was authorized by SAFETEA‐LU, has
been established as a three‐year cooperative effort between AASHTO and USDOT. As part of its
mission to support state Departments of Transportation in the areas of financial planning and
project development, the Center is authorized to undertake objective research into financial
management and policy issues. In light of uncertainty related to federal funding for
transportation and the reauthorization process – and the pace of discussion related to financial
tools and structures – the Center will sponsor development of a series of briefing papers on
topics of interest to state DOTs.
A unique feature of this program is to provide a quick turnaround on the most pressing topics of
interest to state DOTs through a streamlined paper development process. As such, the briefing
papers are expected to range from 5‐15 pages and, once a topic has been assigned to a
researcher, be developed in a 6‐10 week period. Following completion of the Call for Topics
process, the officers of AASHTO’s Standing Committee on Finance and Administration (SCOFA)
and the Subcommittee on Transportation Finance Policy (Subcommittee) will work with CEPF
staff to prioritize research to maximize the practical benefits of the briefing paper process. CEPF
will draw on a broad group of industry, academic, and legal experts to perform the research, and
a team of SCOFA and Subcommittee members will review output to ensure high and consistent
CALL FOR TOPICS
The Center will welcome the submission of topics for briefing papers. As a general guideline,
proposals should focus on questions related to: federal and/or state‐level financing
tools/techniques/structures; revenue generation, generally, or with respect to specific
transportation modes; finance‐related aspects of reauthorization proposals; and project
development methodologies. Joint proposals from more than one state DOT or from a
combination of state and local entities, including MPOs, are welcome. To keep the briefing
paper process efficient and timely, proposers should focus on topics that can be addressed
within the scope and timeframe noted above.
Proposals should be limited to two pages and include: (i) identification of the proposer and the
proposed research topic; (ii) a description of the background for interest in the topic; (iii) the
proposer’s objective for research on this topic; (iv) the expected audience (state, regional,
industry wide) for the briefing paper; and (v) other information as deemed relevant.
This call for topics is being sent to SCOFA members and to members of AASHTO’s new
Subcommittee on Transportation Finance Policy. Please feel free to forward it to others who
may have an interest in proposing topics for briefing papers.
DEADLINE AND LOCATION FOR SUBMISSION
Proposals should be submitted by December 30, 2009 to Mr. Joung Lee, Associate Director for
Finance and Development – AASHTO and Deputy Director – AASHTO Center for Excellence in
Project Finance at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions regarding the CEPF briefing paper process should be directed to Mr. Lee at the email
address noted above or via phone at: 202.624.5818.