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ASHRAE Research

Since 1960, ASHRAE has sponsored research studies at universities and research firms. The results of these studies have been used to prepare chapters in the ASHRAE Handbook series; as foundational material in special publications; in the formulation of standards; to train university students as they prepare for service in the HVAC&R industry; and to spread the knowledge gained through presentation at Society Conferences and publication in ASHRAE Transactions or conference proceedings.

ASHRAE currently has 49 active research projects.

  • The total value of all active projects is $7,749,829. The average duration is 20 months.
  • Average cost: $131,353
  • Since 1959, ASHRAE has sponsored 956 projects with a combined value of $81.3 million.

Free Member Access to Research Project Final Reports

ASHRAE members receive an annual subscription to ASHRAE Research Reports, which includes over 600 Research Project Final Reports, as a benefit of membership.

  • Nonmembers can subscribe to ASHRAE Research Reports for $199 USD annually. Subscribe 
  • Individual Reports are available for purchase in the ASHRAE Bookstore

Information for TCs/TGs/MTGs Sponsoring Research

pdf_icon.png  2019-2025 ASHRAE Research Strategic Plan

word_icon.png Disposition of ASHRAE Sponsored Research Results (Word Document)

word_icon.png Project Performance Form (Word Document)

page-excel-icon.gif Publication Topic Acceptance Request- Evaluation Form

word_icon.png Publication Topic Acceptance Request- Template

page-excel-icon.gif Publication WSP- Evaluation Form 2021

word_icon.png Publication WSP- Template 2021

pdf_icon.png Research Approval Process Flowchart (PDF)

word_icon.png Research Manual and Appendices (2022)

ppt.png Research Subcommittee Chair's "Breakfast" Meeting- Annual 2023

word_icon.png Research Topic Acceptance Request (RTAR) Form Template Word

word_icon.png Summary Sheet for Reporting Evaluation of Proposals Form (Word Document)

pdf_icon.png Support for Performing Literature Reviews (PDF)

word_icon.png TC/TRG/MTG/SSPC Important Dates and Deadlines

pdf_icon.png Work Statement Form (WS) Template PDF

word_icon.png Work Statement Form (WS) Template Word

Research Projects Bidding Page

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Research Proposal Guidelines

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ppt.png PES Training (2024)

ppt.png Research Subcommittee Chair’s Breakfast Tampa 2023

ppt.png  How to Write a Successful RTAR or Work Statement (PowerPoint presentation)

Research & Technical Activities Reports

word_icon.png Research & Technical Activities Report Winter 2022

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Related Research by Other Organizations

AHRTI Research


Research Administration Committee

pdf_icon.png 2024 Winter Meeting Minutes, Chicago

pdf_icon.png 2023 Annual Meeting Minutes

pdf_icon.png 2023 Spring Meeting Minutes 

pdf_icon.png 2022 Fall Meeting Minutes

pdf_icon.png 2022 Annual Conference, Toronto Minutes

pdf_icon.png 2022 Winter Conference, Las Vegas Minutes

pdf_icon.png 2022 Spring Teleconferences, Virtual Minutes

pdf_icon.png 2021 Annual Conference, Virtual Minutes

pdf_icon.png 2021 Winter Conference, Virtual Minutes

RAC Sponsored Seminars

Annual Conference Denver

pdf_icon.png Seminar 30 – Are We There Yet? A Review of the 2010-2018 Research Strategic Plan

pdf_icon.png Seminar 33 – How Can I Participate in the ASHRAE Research Program?

Research Manual

word_icon.png Research Manual and Appendices (2022)

Submitting RTAR/WS

word_icon.png Research Topic Acceptance Request (RTAR) Form Template Word

Important Links - PES

word_icon.png Summary Sheet for Reporting Evaluation of Proposals Form (Word Document)

Important Links - PMS

word_icon.png Project Performance Form (Word Document) - Used for Research projects under eval.

Important Links - Misc. Forms

ASHRAE Research Database

pdf_icon.png Research Approval Process Flowchart (PDF)

word_icon.png Disposition of ASHRAE Sponsored Research Results (Word Document)

pdf_icon.png Support for Performing Literature Reviews (PDF)

Research Grants and Awards

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