TRF Foundation

The Transportation Research Forum (TRF) Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation organized under the laws of the District of Columbia.

Financial Support Policy

Organizations delivering programs that align with the TRF Foundation’s purpose are invited to submit requests for financial support.  These organizations include, but are not limited to, the TRF national council, organizers of the TRF annual forum, and TRF Chapters.

The TRF Foundation by-laws define our purpose as achieving improved, more efficient, and more economical transportation and logistics in the United States and abroad by promoting and conducting educational and scientific exchange and interaction among researchers and others.

Examples of requests that will be entertained include, but are not limited to:

  • Travel expenses for speakers,
  • Room hire and audio-visual expenses for graduate student paper or poster sessions,
  • Room hire and audio-visual expenses for special panel sessions, and
  • Prizes for outstanding papers.

The Foundation does not cover the cost of food or alcohol.

As a tax-exempt organization, the TRF Foundation is prohibited from supporting political candidates, or supporting speakers and events of a partisan nature.

Requests must be submitted no fewer than 30 days prior to events, although it is recommended that requests be made as far in advance as possible.  Requests must include a line item budget and justification for each item.  The Foundation may request additional information prior to making its decision.

Payment will only be made after the event has occurred, on receipt of a detailed invoice that includes supporting materials showing actual expenses incurred.  Payment will not exceed the preauthorized spending limit.

Transportation Research Forum Foundation Officers


David Ripplinger, North Dakota State University

Vice President

Jack Ventura, Retired


Ian Savage, Northwestern University


Paul Gessner, Gessner Transportation Consulting LLC


Michael McBride, Van Ness Feldman, LLC