About

The USDOT Research Hub is a web-based, searchable database of USDOT-sponsored research, development, and technology project records. The database acts as a central repository for information on active and recently completed projects from USDOT's Operating Administrations, providing a comprehensive account of the Department’s research portfolio at the project level.

Featured agencies include:

  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • Federal Highway Administration
  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Federal Transit Administration
  • Federal Railroad Administration
  • Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
  • Maritime Administration
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems - Joint Program Office
  • Office of the Secretary of Transportation

Database content originates from a range of different internal sources within these USDOT agencies, supplemented by existing online resources like the Transportation Research Board’s Research in Progress (RiP) database. For more information on database content, see the Data tab.

The database has been designed to fulfill a variety of objectives: (a) to aid OST-R (Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology) in its research coordination, facilitation, and strategic planning efforts, (b) to leverage opportunities for cross-modal collaboration between USDOT agencies and between USDOT and external organizations, (c) to provide USDOT staff with a resource to quickly and accurately respond to requests for information from external stakeholders, (d) to provide a full account of USDOT’s research portfolio to the transportation research community in the U.S. and abroad, and (e) to comply with the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act Consolidated Research Database mandates (49 U.S.C. 6502) and the Open Government and Public Access initiatives.  

The database field structure has been developed to provide a basic summary of each individual research, development, and technology project. Information provided includes the project title, a short description of project activities, the program through which it is funded, its status (active or completed), start and end dates, and the total funding amount. Also included are the details of the organizations that sponsor, manage, and conduct the research, and the points of contact within these organizations. Finally, the database provides links to final reports and datasets, summary information on research products, and any documented “real world” impacts resulting from the research.

If you have any ideas for improving the database, or any other comments on its content or functionality, we would like to hear from you. Any feedback received will be considered in the development of future database versions.