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ASHRAE Membership

ASHRAE membership is open to any person associated with heating, ventilation, air conditioning or refrigeration. ASHRAE is unique because its membership is drawn from a wide range of disciplines relating to the HVAC&R field. Over 55,000 individuals from more than 100 nations belong to the Society.

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ASHRAE members earn 15% off publications. Hundreds of titles are available including the complete collection of ASHRAE Standards including 90.1, 62.1 and 189.1.
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Support Research

TC/TRG/MTG/SSPC Important Dates and Deadlines

Strategic Plan for Research

ASHRAE 2010-2015 Research Strategic Plan Extended to 2018 

A new research strategic plan will guide ASHRAE research for the next five years. The plan outlines ASHRAE’s research goals for the next five years. It centers on sustainability, which is defined as 'the concept of maximizing the effectiveness of resource use while minimizing the impact of that use on the environment.'

Please review Download file ASHRAE Research Strategic Plan 2010-2015 (PDF)

The 2005-2010 Research Strategic Plan and other background documents that were used to develop the 2010-2015 plan are available immediately below. 

 2010-2015 Plan Development Process/Approach

  ASHRAE Research Strategic Plan 2005-2010

  Survey Results for ASHRAE Research Strategic Plan 2010-2015

word_icon.png  Active ASHRAE Research Projects on 2010-18 Strategic Plan


Automatic Notification of New Research Projects Bidding


Research Projects Ready to Bid

ASHRAE is pleased to solicit proposals for six new research projects and one re-bid project. The research project titles are listed below.

In all cases, electronic proposal must be in the hands of the ASHRAE MORTS by 8 A.M. EST, Thursday, December 15, 2016.

The projects are scheduled to begin April 1, 2017 or later.
**Prior to preparing a proposal, please review the sample ASHRAE Research Agreement and General Conditions found on the Research page of the ASHRAE website. If your contracting officer cannot accept this Agreement, please contact us prior to bidding.

Copies of requests-for-proposal (RFPs) are linked to the title list and may be downloaded or printed from this site.

Please give this announcement wide and prompt distribution to all interested researchers within your organization.

pdf_icon.png 1573-TRP, Determination of Suitable Replacement for SF6 When Used As a Tracer Gas In Accordance With ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 110; Responsible Committee: TC 9.10, (Laboratory Systems) ); Co-sponsoring Committee: TC 5.8, (Industrial Ventilation)

pdf_icon.png 1614-TRP rebid, Developing a Test Method to Determine the Effectiveness of UVC Systems on Commercial Cooking Effluent; Responsible Committee: TC 5.10, (Kitchen Ventilation)

pdf_icon.png 1661-TRP, Development of Near-Optimal Control Sequence for Chiller Plants with Water Side Economizer using Dynamic Models;  Responsible Committee: TC 4.7, (Energy Calculation); Co-sponsoring Committee(s): TC 7.5, (Smart Building Systems) and TC  1.4, (Control Theory and Application)

pdf_icon.png 1719-TRP,   Design Guide for Cool Thermal Storage – Update/Revision; Responsible Committee: TC 6.9, (Thermal Storage)

pdf_icon.png 1721-TRP,   Oil Return and Retention in Unitary Split System Gas Lines with HFC and HFO Refrigerants; Responsible Committee: TC 8.11, (Unitary and Room Air Conditioners and Heat Humps); Co-sponsoring Committee: TC 10.3 (Refrigerant Piping, Controls and Accessories) and TC 3.4, (Lubrication)

pdf_icon.png 1734-TRP, Reproducing a Representative Urban Atmospheric Aerosol Distribution at High Concentration in the Laboratory for Air Filter Ageing to be used in ASHRAE GPC 35P for Determining the Energy Consumption Caused by Air Filters; Responsible Committee: TC 2.4, (Particulate Air Contaminants and Particulate Contaminant Removal Equipment); Co-Sponsoring Committee: SSPC 52, (Method of Testing General Ventilation Air Cleaning Devices for Removal Efficiency by Particle Size)

pdf_icon.png 1785-TRP, Experimental Validation of Refrigerant Charge Models in Coils for Residential Split Systems; Responsible Committee: TC 8.11, (Unitary and Room Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps);   Co-sponsoring Committee(s): TC 8.4, (Air-to-Refrigerate Het Transfer Equipment) and TC 6.3, (Central Forced Air Heating and Cooling Systems)

SPECIAL! Solicitation for Expedited Flammable Refrigerant Research

pdf_icon.png 1806-TRP, Flammable Refrigerants Post-Ignition Simulation and Risk Assessment Update – Status: Bidding now. All 1806-TRP Bids due 11/14/16
Est. Cost: $800k, Duration: 12 months

1808-TRP, Servicing and Installing Equipment using Flammable Refrigerants: Assessment of Field-made Mechanical Joints
Status: Expect to bid in Oct. 2016. Est. Cost: $80k, Duration: 6 months


Guidelines for Submitting Solicited Research Proposals


Proposal Preparation Instructions: Unsolicited Proposals


Research Topics in Development

The Society’s Research Implementation Plan is updated following each Society meeting and now includes links to the RTARS, Work Statements, and RFPS listed on the plan.

Research Implementation Plan (Revised 09/2016)

Research in Progress: Reporting Requirements and Forms

Progress and Financial Reports, must be made to the Society, through its Manager of Research and Technical Services in quarterly intervals; specifically on or before each January 1, April 1, June 10, and October 1 of the contract period.
 Quarterly Progress Report Form
Research Quarterly Financial Report Form

Research in Progress: List of Current Abstracts


Research Results

These Research Project Final Reports document the results of the research project, and are approved by the sponsoring Technical Committee. ASHRAE members have free access through the Members-Only Research Projects Final Reports site. Non-members can purchase and download individual Research Reports for $30 each through ASHRAE's Online Bookstore.

Please contact the Manager of Research and Technical Services, Mike Vaughn, at mvaughn@ashrae.org if you cannot find the report you are looking for below. Additional reports are available in hardcopy form only for $30 plus shipping and handling.

Since 1958: Research Project Final Reports
Members-only free access to Research Projects Final Reports: Downloads Only
ASHRAE Research Project History (Excel Spreadsheet) (updated 08/2016)

The official record of research presented at ASHRAE's Annual and Winter Conferences is ASHRAE Transactions

Comprehensive reporting on original research of lasting value is published in Science and Technology for the Built Environment, a bimonthly journal.

Free ASHRAE Research Project Final Report


Research Administration Committee


RAC Sponsored Seminars


Research Manual


Research Grants and Awards

ASHRAE Graduate Student Grant-In-Aid Award – Submission Deadline March 1st.
Graduate Student Grant-In-Aid Award Program (updated 09/2016)
 Application for Grant-In-Aid for Graduate Students (updated 09/2016)
 Grant-in-Aid Criteria
 Grant-in-Aid Evaluation Form
Cofunding Research led by others (NEW)

ASHRAE Research - International Dissemination Travel Grant Program

Service To ASHRAE Research Award - Submission Deadline for this Award is September 1st
pdf_icon.png Service to ASHRAE Research Award (PDF)

New Investigator Award – Submission Deadline December 1st

The ASHRAE New Investigator Award still exists. Applications for the SY 17-18 are being accepted.

Draft Description of the Award >>

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pdf_icon.png Scoring Sheet

Innovative Research Grant and Homer Addams Award – Submission Deadline December 15th

ASHRAE Innovative Research Grant Program

Homer Addams Award



Information for TCs/TGs/MTGs Sponsoring Research


Research & Technical Activities Reports


Related Research by Other Organizations