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212 FURTHER RESEARCH However, the value of the research efforts relative to the potential level of effort required is unclear. In most resource As noted, there are a number of resource areas in which air- areas where airport participation has been limited, states pro- ports have not traditionally sought financial assistance, even vide the funding or play a substantial role in determining what though they appear to be eligible. The reasons for the his- projects are funded. The resolution of the research issues may toric lack of participation could not be established through vary from state to state and resource area to resource area. The this study effort. Additional research to address this issue level of effort to address the issues on a nationwide basis could might be beneficial. Such research might include the fol- be substantial, given the need to examine the programs in indi- lowing efforts, focused on individual resource areas or fund- vidual states and territories. If additional research is under- ing programs: taken, it would be prudent to focus either on the programs available in a particular state or on a particular resource area. Confirming airport eligibility for the funding program. Another potentially beneficial area of research would be to Determining the scope and extent of eligible projects develop more in-depth indexes or checklists of information that might typically arise on an airport. necessary to support successful funding applications. Such Identifying any impediments to airports pursuing research would be most manageable and useful if it focused on funding. particular resource areas or grant types.