Annual Modal Research Plans

Background

The Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act requires that each modal (operating) administration and joint program office submit an Annual Modal Research Plan (AMRP) by May 1st each year to the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology for review and approval. The approved plans must be posted on a public facing website by January 30 each year. The plans are required to provide a comprehensive annual modal research plan for the upcoming fiscal year and a detailed outlook for the following fiscal year. This year's plans address fiscal years 2017 and 2018.

Links to Annual Modal Research Plans

Links to the AMRPs submitted by each Operating Administration are provided below:

Note that the activities of the Intelligent Transportation Systems - Joint Program Office (ITS-JPO) have been included within the FHWA AMRP submission. ITS-JPO have also prepared a separate AMRP document using the material provided in the FHWA AMRP. This document can be accessed here.

Public and Stakeholder Input to AMRPs

The FAST Act requires that a description of the public and stakeholder input to the AMRPs also be provided. This information was included by each modal administration and joint program office in their AMRP submissions and is presented in the tables below:

Operating Administration

Program

Public and Stakeholder Input

FAA

Fire Research and Safety

This program is reviewed twice yearly by the Aircraft Safety Subcommittee of the Research Engineering and Development Advisory Committee (REDAC) - a chartered committee consisting of industry and academia that functions in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. (FACA). As appropriate, particular findings and recommendations are reported independently by the committee to the FAA Administrator and the agency responds formally to all such recommendations.

FAA

Advanced Materials/Structural Safety

This program is reviewed twice yearly by the Aircraft Safety Subcommittee of the Research Engineering and Development Advisory Committee (REDAC) - a chartered committee consisting of industry and academia that functions in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. (FACA). As appropriate, particular findings and recommendations are reported independently by the committee to the FAA Administrator and the agency responds formally to all such recommendations.

FAA

Aeromedical Research

This program is reviewed twice yearly by the Aircraft Safety Subcommittee of the Research Engineering and Development Advisory Committee (REDAC) - a chartered committee consisting of industry and academia that functions in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. (FACA). As appropriate, particular findings and recommendations are reported independently by the committee to the FAA Administrator and the agency responds formally to all such recommendations.

FAA

Air Traffic Control/Technical Operations Human Factors

This program is reviewed twice yearly by the Human factors Subcommittee of the Research Engineering and Development Advisory Committee (REDAC) - a chartered committee consisting of industry and academia that functions in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. (FACA). As appropriate, particular findings and recommendations are reported independently by the committee to the FAA Administrator and the agency responds formally to all such recommendations.

FAA

Aircraft Catastrophic Failure Prevention Research

This program is reviewed twice yearly by the Aircraft Safety Subcommittee of the Research Engineering and Development Advisory Committee (REDAC) - a chartered committee consisting of industry and academia that functions in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. (FACA). As appropriate, particular findings and recommendations are reported independently by the committee to the FAA Administrator and the agency responds formally to all such recommendations.

FAA

Aircraft Icing/Digital System Safety/Aircraft Cyber

This program is reviewed twice yearly by the Aircraft Safety Subcommittee of the Research Engineering and Development Advisory Committee (REDAC) - a chartered committee consisting of industry and academia that functions in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act.(FACA). As appropriate, particular findings and recommendations are reported independently by the committee to the FAA Administrator and the agency responds formally to all such recommendations.

FAA

Commercial Space Transportation Safety

This program is reviewed twice yearly by the NAS Operations Subcommittee of the Research Engineering and Development Advisory Committee (REDAC) - a chartered committee consisting of industry and academia that functions in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. (FACA). As appropriate, particular findings and recommendations are reported independently by the committee to the FAA Administrator and the agency responds formally to all such recommendations.

FAA

Continued Airworthiness

This program is reviewed twice yearly by the Aircraft Safety Subcommittee of the Research Engineering and Development Advisory Committee (REDAC) - a chartered committee consisting of industry and academia that functions in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. (FACA). As appropriate, particular findings and recommendations are reported independently by the committee to the FAA Administrator and the agency responds formally to all such recommendations.

FAA

Flight deck/ Maintenance/ System Integration Human Factors

This program is reviewed twice yearly by the Aircraft Safety Subcommittee of the Research Engineering and Development Advisory Committee (REDAC) - a chartered committee consisting of industry and academia that functions in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. (FACA). As appropriate, particular findings and recommendations are reported independently by the committee to the FAA Administrator and the agency responds formally to all such recommendations.

FAA

NextGen - Alternate Fuels for General Aviation

This program is reviewed twice yearly by the Aircraft Safety Subcommittee of the Research Engineering and Development Advisory Committee (REDAC) - a chartered committee consisting of industry and academia that functions in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. (FACA). As appropriate, particular findings and recommendations are reported independently by the committee to the FAA Administrator and the agency responds formally to all such recommendations.

FAA

Propulsion and Fuel Systems

This program is reviewed twice yearly by the Aircraft Safety Subcommittee of the Research Engineering and Development Advisory Committee (REDAC) - a chartered committee consisting of industry and academia that functions in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. (FACA). As appropriate, particular findings and recommendations are reported independently by the committee to the FAA Administrator and the agency responds formally to all such recommendations.

FAA

System Safety Management/Terminal Area Safety

This program is reviewed twice yearly by the Aircraft Safety Subcommittee of the Research Engineering and Development Advisory Committee (REDAC) - a chartered committee consisting of industry and academia that functions in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. (FACA). As appropriate, particular findings and recommendations are reported independently by the committee to the FAA Administrator and the agency responds formally to all such recommendations.

FAA

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research

This program is reviewed twice yearly by the Aircraft Safety Subcommittee of the Research Engineering and Development Advisory Committee (REDAC) - a chartered committee consisting of industry and academia that functions in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. (FACA). As appropriate, particular findings and recommendations are reported independently by the committee to the FAA Administrator and the agency responds formally to all such recommendations.

FAA

Weather Program

This program is reviewed twice yearly by the NAS Operations Subcommittee of the Research Engineering and Development Advisory Committee (REDAC) - a chartered committee consisting of industry and academia that functions in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. (FACA). As appropriate, particular findings and recommendations are reported independently by the committee to the FAA Administrator and the agency responds formally to all such recommendations.

FAA

NextGen - Wake Turbulence

This program is reviewed twice yearly by the NAS Operations Subcommittee of the Research Engineering and Development Advisory Committee (REDAC) - a chartered committee consisting of industry and academia that functions in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. (FACA). As appropriate, particular findings and recommendations are reported independently by the committee to the FAA Administrator and the agency responds formally to all such recommendations.

FAA

NextGen - Air Ground Integration Human Factors

This program is reviewed twice yearly by the Human Factors Subcommittee of the Research Engineering and Development Advisory Committee (REDAC) - a chartered committee consisting of industry and academia that functions in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. (FACA). As appropriate, particular findings and recommendations are reported independently by the committee to the FAA Administrator and the agency responds formally to all such recommendations.

FAA

NextGen - Weather Technology in the Cockpit

This program is reviewed twice yearly by the NAS Operations Subcommittee of the Research Engineering and Development Advisory Committee (REDAC) - a chartered committee consisting of industry and academia that functions in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. (FACA). As appropriate, particular findings and recommendations are reported independently by the committee to the FAA Administrator and the agency responds formally to all such recommendations.

FAA

NextGen - Information Security

This is a new start initiative which will be fully shaped - if funded - in 2017. No public input has been specifically sought in defining the program at this point. However, the program directly supports the Executive Order (EO) 13636 Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity and the Presidential Policy Directive (PPD)-21 Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience, which defines Transportation Systems Sector as one of the 16 critical infrastructure sectors and aviation as an essential sub-sector.

FAA

Environment and Energy

This program is reviewed twice yearly by the Environment and Energy subcommittee of the Research Engineering and Development Advisory Committee (REDAC) - a chartered committee consisting of industry and academia that functions in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. (FACA). As appropriate, particular findings and recommendations are reported independently by the committee to the FAA Administrator and the agency responds formally to all such recommendations.

FAA

NextGen - Environmental Research Aircraft Technologies, Fuels and Metrics

This program is reviewed twice yearly by the Environment and Energy Subcommittee of the Research Engineering and Development Advisory Committee (REDAC) - a chartered committee consisting of industry and academia that functions in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. (FACA). As appropriate, particular findings and recommendations are reported independently by the committee to the FAA Administrator and the agency responds formally to all such recommendations.

FAA

System Planning and Resource Management

This program is largely about coordination, facilitation, management and reporting of FAA R&D program activity. Continuous liaison with internal and external stakeholders is in fact the essence of the program and the means of obtaining input.

FAA

William J. Hughes Technical Center Laboratory Facility

This program provides cross-cutting laboratory support services to diverse research projects. Stakeholder engagement and input occurs at the project level at the point of planning and requirements development for particular projects.

FAA

Advanced Technology Development and Prototyping

This program is reviewed twice yearly by the NAS Operations Subcommittee of the Research Engineering and Development Advisory Committee (REDAC) - a chartered committee consisting of industry and academia that functions in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). As appropriate, particular findings and recommendations are reported independently by the committee to the FAA Administrator and the agency responds formally to all such recommendations.

FAA

NextGen Separation Management Portfolio

This program is reviewed twice yearly by the NAS Operations Subcommittee of the Research Engineering and Development Advisory Committee (REDAC) - a chartered committee consisting of industry and academia that functions in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. (FACA) As appropriate, particular findings and recommendations are reported independently by the committee to the FAA Administrator and the agency responds formally to all such recommendations.

FAA

NextGen Improved Surface Portfolio

This program is reviewed twice yearly by the NAS Operations Subcommittee of the Research Engineering and Development Advisory Committee (REDAC) - a chartered committee consisting of industry and academia that functions in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. (FACA) As appropriate, particular findings and recommendations are reported independently by the committee to the FAA Administrator and the agency responds formally to all such recommendations.

FAA

NextGen On-Demand NAS Information Portfolio

This program is reviewed twice yearly by the NAS Operations Subcommittee of the Research Engineering and Development Advisory Committee (REDAC) - a chartered committee consisting of industry and academia that functions in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. (FACA) As appropriate, particular findings and recommendations are reported independently by the committee to the FAA Administrator and the agency responds formally to all such recommendations.

FAA

NextGen Improved Multiple Runway Operations Portfolio

This program is reviewed twice yearly by the NAS Operations Subcommittee of the Research Engineering and Development Advisory Committee (REDAC) - a chartered committee consisting of industry and academia that functions in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. (FACA) As appropriate, particular findings and recommendations are reported independently by the committee to the FAA Administrator and the agency responds formally to all such recommendations.

FAA

NextGen - NAS Infrastructure Portfolio

This program is reviewed twice yearly by the NAS Operations Subcommittee of the Research Engineering and Development Advisory Committee (REDAC) - a chartered committee consisting of industry and academia that functions in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. (FACA) As appropriate, particular findings and recommendations are reported independently by the committee to the FAA Administrator and the agency responds formally to all such recommendations.

FAA

NextGen Laboratory Support Portfolio

This program is in and of itself a pathway to obtaining stakeholder input. Specifically, the NIEC laboratory is used to expose stakeholders in the ATM operational user community to emerging NextGen concepts and capabilities in order to gain their assessment of the potential operational effectiveness and/or suitability of the concept for use in further maturation and development. The Florida Test Bed is used to engage industry stakeholders in the prototyping and demonstration of emerging concepts and thereby promote mutual (FAA and industry) understanding of concept maturity, technology readiness and areas needing further development.

FAA

Airport Technology Research Program

This program is reviewed twice yearly by the Airports Subcommittee of the Research Engineering and Development Advisory Committee (REDAC) - a chartered committee consisting of industry and academia that functions in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. (FACA). As appropriate, particular findings and recommendations are reported independently by the committee to the FAA Administrator and the agency responds formally to all such recommendations.

FAA

Airports Cooperative Research

Research problem statements for ACRP are solicited periodically but may be submitted to TRB by anyone at any time. It is the responsibility of the AOC to formulate the research program by identifying the highest priority projects and defining funding levels and expected products.

Operating Administration

Program

Public and Stakeholder Input

FHWA

Pavements and Materials

FHWA regularly engages in both formal and informal interactions with stakeholder groups including AASHTO and various industry groups. Additionally, FHWA has formed a number of expert task groups which include representatives from government agencies, academia and industry. These groups provide technical input as well as help FHWA carrying out technical work to facilitate deployment of pavement innovations.

FHWA

Construction and Program Administration

FHWA receives stakeholder input through a variety of both formal and informal interactions with AASHTO Committees and various industry groups and considers the information received in developing its programs.

FHWA

Transportation Performance Management

FHWA receives stakeholder input through a variety of both formal and informal interactions with AASHTO Committees and various industry groups and considers the information received in developing its programs. Stakeholder groups meet at least quarterly to share best practices and to receive feedback on implementation for both Transportation Performance Management (TPM Roundtable) and Asset Management (TAM ETG). Stakeholder groups providing input on the Long Term Pavement and Bridge Performance Programs (TRB LTPP and TRB LTBP Committees) meet twice per year.

FHWA

Safety

FHWA seeks both formal and informal participation from a variety of stakeholder groups. The safety research, development and technology program collaborates with the AASHTO Standing Committee on Highway Traffic Safety (SCOHTS) and relies heavily on input and feedback from the State DOTs. This program conducts numerous training and outreach sessions throughout the country with stakeholders at the state and local level and engages stakeholder public agencies through pooled fund studies. Staff members are actively involved with TRB committees on safety related topics.

FHWA

Freight and Operations

Operations and freight programs have developed internal and external stakeholder groups or leveraged stakeholder associations to engage the various transportation and program area communities and modal partners in gathering input through methods such as in-person meetings, peer exchanges, virtual meetings, or web-based events.

FHWA

Planning and Environment

FHWA seeks input from the general public and stakeholders on a regular basis, through their participation in conferences, meetings, peer exchanges and webinars. A variety of input and opportunities for collaboration arise for all these research program areas. Advice and input is routinely solicited from federal agencies, state and local governments, and transportation and environmental stakeholders. FHWA also seeks input from division specialists, state and local transportation agencies, potential vendors and other stakeholders. FHWA makes an effort to leverage funds for research programs by seeking input and resources from potential funding partners on collaborative research opportunities.
There are numerous federal agencies with a strong interest in transportation planning including: Housing and Urban Development, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Within the USDOT, FHWA partners with the Federal Transit Administration, Federal Railroad Administration, Maritime Administration and the Office of the Secretary (research) and the Center for Climate Change and Environmental Forecasting on planning and environmental work. Other stakeholders include the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations, AASHTO, and TRB.

FHWA

Policy

FHWA's Office of International Programs coordinates the international research planning process within the USDOT, involving FHWA program offices, other operating administrations, and OST to ensure that the agency's international work supports USDOT and FHWA priorities. Direct coordination with other federal agencies and state, academic, and private sector partners garners support and buy-in for the efforts.
FHWA's Office of Highway Policy Information works directly with state highway agencies, MPOs, and local governmental agencies to identify data-related issues and challenges. In addition, the office conducts a monthly webinar on issues related to data and information where all interested parties throughout the community are invited to present and participate with the goal of sharing innovation and knowledge, identifying both long term and short terms issues to resolve. The office is also actively working with various TRB committees to identify issues and challenges and solutions. Internally within USDOT, the office conducts periodic discussions and briefings with other offices and modes to ensure concerns are addressed.
FHWA's Office of Transportation Policy Studies sponsors workshops to identify emerging policy issues warranting future research. The Office also convenes technical review panels to comment on analytical tools developed in support of policy research efforts, and to recommend potential future research to enhance them.

FHWA

Innovative Program Delivery

Public and stakeholder input is central to the IPD research planning process. The IPD Research Roadmap is directly shaped by stakeholder focus groups and regular discussions with research interests such as the TRB Revenue and Finance Committee. This stakeholder input continually helps to refine and update IPD's research agenda.

FHWA

Exploratory Advanced Research

Broad scientific participation and extensive coverage of advanced ideas and new technologies are secured by engaging stakeholders throughout the EAR program's processes - not only in identifying and scoping topics, but also in ensuring the technical quality of sponsored research through expert panels and in communicating research results.

FHWA

Performance Management Data Support

Approaches to incorporate stakeholder input include:

  • Regular and periodic stakeholder engagement via:
    • Webinars - FHWA will be conducting public engagement webinars in the FY 2017 to receive input on the design and functionality of the new Transportation Performance Management website. Quarterly webinars are held with users of the travel probe data set to increase proficiency levels through learning opportunities and to listen to feedback from users on the usability and applicability of the dataset
    • Conference calls
    • Presentations and briefings
    • Stakeholder Groups - An informal stakeholder group including organizations that represent a wide range of stakeholders meet quarterly to share implementation efforts and receive feedback on work products.
    • On the travel behavior data front, FHWA has been working with states DOTs and MPOs and the public on a continuous basis through both a formal task force established through TRB, the on-line training and webinars, and several formal workshops.
    • Coordination with the private sector for freight movement data and analysis, as well as supporting the Department of Commerce Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Effectiveness and data and analysis at the Bureau of Transportation Statistics and the Census Bureau.
  • Posting research roadmaps and planned activities to FHWA program websites
  • Releasing regulatory policy and guidance for public comment to Federal Register

FHWA

Surface Transportation System Funding Alternatives

The program conducted an introductory webinar with stakeholders and prospective applicants after the release of the FY 2016 solicitation to describe the program and its goals to help applicants plan their proposals. The recipients provide annual reports on meeting their expected outcomes and lessons learned for future deployment of alternative revenue mechanisms that utilize a user fee structure, and may be used in shaping any future program solicitations.

FHWA

Corporate and Communications

The TRB Research and Technology Coordinating Committee (RTCC), has served as an independent adviser on national and federal highway research for 30 years. The RTCC provides tactical advice on highway research topics, funding, and research management. The RTCC periodically issues reports assessing the state of highway research at national and federal levels and highlighting strategic issues of importance to policy makers.
The FHWA created the FHWA R&T Agenda process and website in an effort to better present and communicate the objectives and reasons of FHWA's R&T program. It was created to improve accessibility & transparency of the R&T program, and increase input from a broader stakeholder community. It also encourages stakeholders to help address national-level research needs and complement our federal R&T. Stakeholders are able to provide input to the Agenda through the FHWA R&T agenda website:

https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/research/fhwaresearch/agenda/index.cfm.

In 2015, FHWA initiated the Top Three initiative, which solicited input from the FHWA Division Offices in consultation with the State DOTs to identify the top three issues or needs that each State is facing. The input was analyzed to determine if new research ideas could solve these issues, and 20 research activities were identified and added to FHWA's R&T program roadmaps. FHWA will continue seeking input from the State DOTs through similar initiatives in the future.

Public Roads is a bimonthly magazine designed to report on the advances and innovations in highway/traffic research and technology, critical national transportation issues, important activities and achievements of FHWA and others in the highway community, specific FHWA program areas, and subjects of interest to highway industry professionals. The magazine also emphasizes the continuing commitment of FHWA to be a world leader in promoting highway research and technology transfer. Its stakeholders include all FHWA employees; international, national, state, and local transportation officials; members of highway-related professional societies and associations; researchers at technical libraries and technology transfer centers; professors and students of engineering and traffic management; members of appropriate congressional committees; and others interested in highway research and technology and in FHWA policies and programs. Stakeholders are able to submit articles for consideration into the magazine via the Public Roads website:

http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/publicroads/author.cfm.

FHWA

Every Day Counts Initiative

Through the EDC model, FHWA works with transportation stakeholders to identify a new collection of innovations to champion every two years. A public solicitation of innovation suggestions for deployment through EDC is first conducted and the innovations are then selected by FHWA collaboratively with transportation stakeholders, taking into consideration market readiness, impacts, benefits and ease of adoption of the innovation. Transportation stakeholder input is obtained through formal correspondence (emails, letters, etc.) as well as an annual face-to-face meeting to discuss the EDC initiative. Meetings are also held with each stakeholder association on an annual basis to discuss opportunities for further collaboration on deployment efforts. Stakeholders also regularly support and assist FHWA deployment teams with technology transfer activities.
Representatives from the following transportation stakeholder associations regularly provide input and support the EDC initiative:

  • AASHTO
  • American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)
  • American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • American Public Works Association (APWA)
  • Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America
  • Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO)
  • National Association of County Engineers (NACE)
  • American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA)
  • Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)
  • National Association of Regional Councils (NARC)
  • National Local Technical Assistance Program Association (NLTAPA)

FHWA

State Transportation Innovation Council Incentive

A STIC or other equivalent task force, committee or group is intended to bring together public and private transportation stakeholders to evaluate innovations and spearhead their deployment in each state. As such, each STIC serves as the vehicle to engage stakeholders in the identification and deployment of innovations that best fit the unique needs of their respective highway program. The STIC Incentive program supports the projects identified by STICs to enhance the culture of innovation and to adopt selected innovations as a standard practice.

FHWA

Accelerated Innovation Deployment Demonstrations

State DOTs, federal land management agencies, tribal governments, metropolitan planning organizations, and local governments submit applications for funding to support deployment of innovations on projects of their choosing. FHWA evaluates the applications in accordance with published criteria for the program which was established through a Notice of Funding Availability which incorporated public comments.

FHWA

Accelerating Market Readiness

Innovations are suggested for EDC deployment through the public and stakeholder solicitation process which were determined to be promising, but not yet market ready are considered by FHWA for further testing and evaluation through the Accelerated Market Readiness program.

FHWA

Accelerated Deployment of Pavement Technologies

FHWA has formed a number of expert task groups which include representatives from government agencies, academia and industry. These groups provide technical input as well as help FHWA carrying out technical work to facilitate deployment of pavement innovations.

Operating Administration

Program

Public and Stakeholder Input

FMCSA

FMCSA Research and Technology Program

FMCSA has internal and external mechanisms to help assess the utility of the Research and Technology Program:

  • Research and technology projects are reviewed by FMCSA's Research Executive Board, comprised of members from across the Agency; and
  • Each product has a customer or benefactor who provides input and evaluation.

FMCSA collaborates closely with product end-users including other USDOT modes such as the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). FMCSA also works closely with external customers to ensure that the Agency's research and technology portfolio addresses current needs in the transportation safety environment. These include the National Transportation Safety Board, the Office of Management and Budget, U.S. Department of Energy, the Government Accountability Office, State enforcement agencies, the Transportation Research Board (TRB), the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), and the Committee on National Statistics. In FY15, FMCSA commissioned NAS and CNSTAT to conduct a panel study on methodological approaches to understanding driver fatigue. The NAS/CNSTAT panel experts reviewed the existing literature/research and developed a set of 13 recommendations for improved commercial driver fatigue research (published in March 2016). FMCSA is working to incorporate these recommendations into its research plans over the next several years. FMCSA provides regular briefings, webinars, and public forums for industry representatives, safety advocates, congressional staff, and the transportation research community. Additionally, in FY 2017, FMCSA plans to establish a Research Analysis Committee at TRB to: a) assist FMCSA in refining its research methodologies; b) assist in identifying and utilizing current research in the transportation and related communities; and c) promote the familiarity and availability of FMCSA research activities throughout the stakeholder community.

Operating Administration

Program

Public and Stakeholder Input

NHTSA

All Programs

Broad-based research meeting with automotive manufacturers, suppliers, and other stakeholders.

Operating Administration

Program

Public and Stakeholder Input

FTA

Mobility

FTA has established a mechanism with dedicated funding to support mobility research stakeholder outreach and knowledge transfer with an extensive base of contacts in the transit, light/heavy vehicles and MOD arenas. The targeted audiences include both the traditional stakeholders (transit agencies, DOTs and their consultants) as well as nontraditional stakeholders, such as those in the telecommunications, highway, automotive, and technology sectors. In addition, the network of mobility research stakeholders also provide connections to several renowned subject matter experts in the field, including Brendon Hemily and Carol Schweiger (both independent consultants well-known in the transit industry), Susan Shaheen of UC Berkeley's Transportation Sustainability Research Center, Shared-Use Mobility Center headquartered in Chicago, and the Transit Center headquartered in New York City.

FTA

Asset Management and Innovation

All program research projects originated with the transit industry. In the execution period, there will be consistent effort to involve transit agencies, peer group and the industry

FTA

TCRP

TCRP works with a broad range of stakeholders including:
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA); The Community Transportation Association of America; Conference of Minority Transportation Officials; EasterSeals Project ACTION; National Rural Transit Assistance Program; National Transit Institute; and the Transportation Research Board.
All processes and reports are available for public download free of charge and any member of the public is invited to submit research problem statements.

APTA carries out dissemination activities. As part of the National Academies, TCRP adheres to National Academy processes and procedures regarding public notification and publication of materials and meetings.

Operating Administration

Program

Public and Stakeholder Input

FRA

Track Research Program

The Track Research program is evaluated periodically by a special committee of the Transportation Research Board.
The program is coordinated with the Association of American Railroads research program through the AAR's Heavy Axle Load Engineering Research Committee and Technology Outreach Program Committee. Program staff are members of industry working groups such as the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of way Association committees. Program staff participate in the FRA's Railway Safety Advisory Committee meetings. Program staff present research results for peer review at various conferences and in technical journals.

FRA

Rolling Stock Research Program

The Rolling Stock Research program is evaluated periodically by a special committee of the Transportation Research Board.
The program is coordinated with the Association of American Railroads research program through the AAR's Locomotive Committee and Equipment Engineering Committee. Program staff are members of industry working groups such as the American Passenger Transportation Association committees. Program staff participate in the FRA's Railway Safety Advisory Committee meetings. Program staff present research results for peer review at various conferences and in technical journals.

FRA

Train Control and Communications Research Program

The Train Control and Communications Research program is evaluated periodically by a special committee of the Transportation Research Board. The program is coordinated with the Association of American Railroads research program through the AAR's Train Control, Communications and Operations Committee. Program staff participate in the FRA's Railway Safety Advisory Committee meetings. Program staff present research results for peer review at various conferences and in technical journals.

FRA

Human Factors Research Program

The Human Factors Research program is evaluated periodically by a special committee of the Transportation Research Board.
Program staff are members of industry working groups such as the Transportation Research Board Human Factors sub-committee. Program staff work closely with labor unions and the American Short Line and Regional Railroads Association.
Program staff participate in the FRA's Railway Safety Advisory Committee meetings. Program staff present research results for peer review at various conferences and in technical journals.

FRA

Railroad Systems Issues Research Program

The Railroad Systems Issues Research program is evaluated periodically by a special committee of the Transportation Research Board. The program is coordinated with the Association of American Railroads research program through the AAR's Railway Technology Working Committee. Program staff participate in the FRA's Railway Safety Advisory Committee meetings. Program staff present research results for peer review at various conferences and in technical journals

FRA

Rail Service Improvement Research Program

The Rail Service Improvement Research program is evaluated periodically by a special committee of the Transportation Research Board. The Transportation Research Board facilitates stakeholder engagement in the National Cooperative Rail Research Program. The National Institute of Standards and Technology facilitates stakeholder engagement with the domestic rail supply industry. Program staff present research results for peer review at various conferences and in technical journals.

Operating Administration

Program

Public and Stakeholder Input

PHMSA

Preventing Pipeline Damage

Research program/projects utilize Technical Advisory Committees consisting of Subject Matter Experts from government, academia and industry to oversee progress. General public has web based access to program/project database to ensure transparency.Program staff is members of industry working groups for collaboration and coordination of research initiatives of committee meetings.

Continue research and support rulemaking in collaboration with other DOT modes to assure the safety of transportation. PHMSA makes an effort to leverage funds for research programs by seeking input and resources from potential funding partners on collaborative research opportunities.

Program staff presents research results for peer review at various industry and public conferences and in technical journals.

PHMSA

Improving Pipeline Leak Detection Systems

Research program/projects utilize Technical Advisory Committees consisting of Subject Matter Experts from government, academia and industry to oversee progress. General public has web based access to program/project database to ensure transparency. Program staff is members of industry working groups for collaboration and coordination of research initiatives of committee meetings.

Continue research and support rulemaking in collaboration with other DOT modes to assure the safety of transportation. PHMSA makes an effort to leverage funds for research programs by seeking input and resources from potential funding partners on collaborative research opportunities.

Program staff presents research results for peer review at various industry and public conferences and in technical journals.

PHMSA

Improving Pipeline Anomaly Detection & Characterization

Research program/projects utilize Technical Advisory Committees consisting of Subject Matter Experts from government, academia and industry to oversee progress. General public has web based access to program/project database to ensure transparency. Program staff is members of industry working groups for collaboration and coordination of research initiatives of committee meetings.

Continue research and support rulemaking in collaboration with other DOT modes to assure the safety of transportation. PHMSA makes an effort to leverage funds for research programs by seeking input and resources from potential funding partners on collaborative research opportunities.

Program staff presents research results for peer review at various industry and public conferences and in technical journals.

PHMSA

Improving Pipeline Anomaly Remediation, Repair Rehabilitation or Replacement Options

Research program/projects utilize Technical Advisory Committees consisting of Subject Matter Experts from government, academia and industry to oversee progress. General public has web based access to program/project database to ensure transparency. Program staff is members of industry working groups for collaboration and coordination of research initiatives of committee meetings.

Continue research and support rulemaking in collaboration with other DOT modes to assure the safety of transportation. PHMSA makes an effort to leverage funds for research programs by seeking input and resources from potential funding partners on collaborative research opportunities.

Program staff presents research results for peer review at various industry and public conferences and in technical journals.

PHMSA

Enhancing Pipeline Design, Materials and Welding/Joining

Research program/projects utilize Technical Advisory Committees consisting of Subject Matter Experts from government, academia and industry to oversee progress. General public has web based access to program/project database to ensure transparency. Program staff is members of industry working groups for collaboration and coordination of research initiatives of committee meetings

Continue research and support rulemaking in collaboration with other DOT mode to assure the safety of transportation.

Program staff presents research results for peer review at various industry and public conferences and in technical journals.

PHMSA

Investigating the Impact on Pipelines from Alternative Fuels and Other National Challenges

Research program/projects utilize Technical Advisory Committees consisting of Subject Matter Experts from government, academia and industry to oversee progress. General public has web based access to program/project database to ensure transparency. Program staff is members of industry working groups for collaboration and coordination of research initiatives of committee meetings.

Program staff presents research results for peer review at various industry and public conferences and in technical journals. Collaborate on alternative fuels, such as natural gas with other DOT modes. For improved emission and assured safety.

PHMSA makes an effort to leverage funds for research programs by seeking input and resources from potential funding partners on collaborative research opportunities.

Continue research and support rulemaking in collaboration with other modes to assure the safety of surface transportation.

PHMSA

Hazardous Materials Risk Management and Communication

Research program/projects utilize advisory committees consisting of Subject Matter Experts from government, academia and industry to define program and evaluate progress. General public has web based access to program/project database to ensure transparency.

Program staff is members of industry working groups for collaboration and coordination of research initiatives of committee meetings.

Program staff presents research results for peer review at various industry and public conferences and in technical journals. Continue research and support rulemaking in collaboration with their DOT modes to assure the safety of transportation.

PHMSA makes an effort to leverage funds for research programs by seeking input and resources from potential funding partners on collaborative research opportunities.

PHMSA

Hazardous Materials Emerging Technology

Research program/projects utilize advisory committees consisting of Subject Matter Experts from government, academia and industry to define program and evaluate progress. General public has web based access to program/project database to ensure transparency.

Program staff is members of industry working groups for collaboration and coordination of research initiatives of committee meetings.

Program staff presents research results for peer review at various industry and public conferences and in technical journals.

Continue research and support rulemaking in collaboration with other DOT modes to assure the safety of transportation.

PHMSA makes an effort to leverage funds for research programs by seeking input and resources from potential funding partners on collaborative research opportunities.

PHMSA

Hazardous Materials Packaging Integrity

Research program/projects utilize advisory committees consisting of Subject Matter Experts from government, academia and industry to define program and evaluate progress. General public has web based access to program/project database to ensure transparency.

Program staff is members of industry working groups for collaboration and coordination of research initiatives of committee meetings.

Program staff presents research results for peer review at various industry and public conferences and in technical journals. Continue research and support rulemaking in collaboration with other DOT modes to assure the safety of transportation.

PHMSA makes an effort to leverage funds for research programs by seeking input and resources from potential funding partners on collaborative research opportunities.

Operating Administration

Program

Public and Stakeholder Input

MARAD

META

The META program is built on the premise of public-private partnerships and collaboration with Federal, state and local government, academia, maritime industry and non-governmental organizations. Many META projects provide for substantial cost sharing with other governmental, academic, and private industry partners. MARAD partners have included vessel operators, such as TOTE (a U.S. Flag ocean going vessel operator), AEP (an inland barge operator), Interlake Steamship and American Steamship Company ( Great Lakes vessel operators), the Ship Operations Cooperative Program - a non-profit consortium that includes ship owners/operators, maritime educational entities, and maritime labor, and the Great Ship Initiative (a consortium of Great lakes maritime industry, academia, and Federal, state and local government from both U.S. and Canada). MARAD has also partnered with local entities such as Pittsburgh Clean Cities, California State Lands Commission, San Francisco Department of Environment, Puget Sound Air Quality Agency, Maryland Department of Transportation and multiple ports, and with numerous Federal agencies such as EPA, USCG, Department of Defense (DOD), DOE, NOAA, and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

MARAD works closely with industry to identify research needs, formulate research initiatives to address specific issues, and then transfer findings to the industry. For the most part, research is accomplished through contracts or cooperative agreement with industry partners and academia. In addition, MARAD staff have built strong relationships throughout the industry that position the agency to accomplish valuable Research, Development & Technology (RD&T) initiatives with exponentially beneficial paybacks from the resources applied.

Operating Administration

Program

Public and Stakeholder Input

ITS-JPO

Automated Vehicles

The 2015-2019 ITS Strategic Plan incorporated public and stakeholder (including external and internal partners) input from over 700 stakeholders: the JPO hosted three series of webinars; over 286 different organizations participated in the development of the plan; public meetings for stakeholder input were held at numerous national annual meetings, including the National Rural ITS Annual Meeting (NRITS), the Institute for Transportation Engineers Annual Meeting (ITE), ITS American Annual Meeting, IEEE (formally known as the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and the Connected Vehicle Trade Association (CVTA). The ITS Strategic Plan has had 8,500 visitors since it was published on line in 2014.

Additionally, the research program managers and the professional capacity building and communications staff routinely host a multitude of webinars; utilize social media (email and Twitter); issue publications; and speak at conferences and events.

ITS-JPO

Emerging Technology

The 2015-2019 ITS Strategic Plan incorporated public and stakeholder (including external and internal partners) input from over 700 stakeholders: the JPO hosted three series of webinars; over 286 different organizations participated in the development of the plan; public meetings for stakeholder input were held at numerous national annual meetings, including the National Rural ITS Annual Meeting (NRITS), the Institute for Transportation Engineers Annual Meeting (ITE), ITS American Annual Meeting, IEEE (formally known as the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and the Connected Vehicle Trade Association (CVTA). The ITS Strategic Plan has had 8,500 visitors since it was published on line in 2014.

Additionally, the research program managers and the professional capacity building and communications staff routinely host a multitude of webinars; utilize social media (email and Twitter); issue publications; and speak at conferences and events.

ITS-JPO

Enterprise Data

The 2015-2019 ITS Strategic Plan incorporated public and stakeholder (including external and internal partners) input from over 700 stakeholders: the JPO hosted three series of webinars; over 286 different organizations participated in the development of the plan; public meetings for stakeholder input were held at numerous national annual meetings, including the National Rural ITS Annual Meeting (NRITS), the Institute for Transportation Engineers Annual Meeting (ITE), ITS American Annual Meeting, IEEE (formally known as the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and the Connected Vehicle Trade Association (CVTA). The ITS Strategic Plan has had 8,500 visitors since it was published on line in 2014.

Additionally, the research program managers and the professional capacity building and communications staff routinely host a multitude of webinars; utilize social media (email and Twitter); issue publications; and speak at conferences and events.

ITS-JPO

Interoperability

The 2015-2019 Strategic Plan incorporated public and stakeholder (including external and internal partners) input from over 700 stakeholders: the JPO hosted three series of webinars; over 286 different organizations participated in the development of the plan; public meetings for stakeholder input were held at numerous broadly attended events including those sponsored by AASHTO, APTA, IEEE, ITE, ITS America, SAE International. The ITS Strategic Plan has had 8,500 visitors since it was published on line in 2014. The ITS Architecture program has conducted numerous public workshops to gather input on the architecture and provide deployment support and accepts input via electronic means. The ITS standards program participates in numerous ITS standards working groups comprised of interested stakeholders.

Additionally, the research program managers and the professional capacity building and communications staff routinely host webinars; utilize social media (email and Twitter); issue publications; and speak at conferences and events.

ITS-JPO

Accelerating Deployment

The 2015-2019 Strategic Plan incorporated public and stakeholder (including external and internal partners) input from over 700 stakeholders: the JPO hosted three series of webinars; over 286 different organizations participated in the development of the plan; public meetings for stakeholder input were held at numerous national annual meetings, including the National Rural ITS Annual Meeting (NRITS), the Institute for Transportation Engineers Annual Meeting (ITE), ITS American Annual Meeting, IEEE (formally known as the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and the Connected Vehicle Trade Association (CVTA). The ITS Strategic Plan has had 8,500 visitors since it was published on line in 2014.

The ITS Professional Capacity Building (PCB) Program's Connected Vehicle (CV) Training and Education Implementation Plan FY2016 - 2020 incorporated input from nearly 200 individual stakeholders on CV training needs.

Additionally, the research program managers and the professional capacity building and communications staff routinely host a multitude of webinars; utilize social media (email and Twitter); issue publications; and speak at conferences and events.

ITS-JPO

Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment Program

The program conducts introductory webinars with stakeholders and prospective applicants after the release of the annual solicitation to describe the program, goals, and the focus areas to help applicants plan their proposals. The technology deployments provide annual reports on meeting their expected outcomes that are used in shaping future program solicitations.

ITS-JPO

Small Business Innovation Research

The general public may suggest SBIR topics through the Volpe SBIR website:

https://hostedsites.volpe.dot.gov/SBIR/SuggestTopic.aspx

For more information, please contact:
Kevin C. Womack, Ph.D., F.ASCE
Director, Office of Research, Development and Technology
Director, Transportation Safety Institute
OST - Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology
U.S. Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington DC, 20590

kevin.womack@dot.gov

Phone: (405)-954-7312 or (202) 366-5447