Data

Project Information

The database field structure has been developed to provide a basic summary of each individual research, development, and technology project. The complete database field structure is provided in the table below:

Field

Description

Project Title

Name of the project

Project subject to PAP requirements

Does the project need to comply with the DOT Public Access Policy
(http://ntl.bts.gov/publicaccess/index.html )

ORCiD

This is a unique identifier for individuals contributing to research project deliverables. ORCiD stands for Open Researcher and Contributor ID
(http://ntl.bts.gov/publicaccess/ORCiD.html )

Multi-modal Project

Research projects with multimodal applications

RH Display ID

Project identification number for each project record

Grant / Contract ID

The Grant / Contract Number, or other funding agreement code associated with the project

Program

Name of the research program (if any) to which the project belongs

Sub-Program

Name of the research sub-program (if any) to which the project belongs

Abstract

Brief narrative describing the project

Project Link

Online project link (if available)

Sponsor Organization

USDOT operating administration (OA) funding source

Managing Organization

Organization responsible for managing/administering the project
(often the same as the Sponsor Organization)

Manager Address

Office / Address of managing organization

Manager Point of Contact

Name of Managing Organization point of contact

Manager Phone Number

Phone number of the project manager

Manager Fax Number

Fax number of the project manager

Manager E-Mail

E-mail address of the project manager contact

Co-Sponsor(s)

Name(s) of co-sponsoring organization(s)

Performer Organization

Name of the organization performing/conducting the research project

Performer Address

Address for the performing organization

Performer Point of Contact

Name of the Performing Organization point of contact

Performer Contact Phone Number

Phone number of the Performing Organization point of contact

Performer Contact Fax Number

Fax number of the Performing Organization point of contact

Performer Contact E-Mail

E-mail address of the Performing Organization point of contact

Project Status

Status of the project (active/completed/)

Project Start Date

Date project initiated

Project End Date

Date project completed (or scheduled completion date if still active)

Project Funding

Total project funding amount

Datasets URL

URL(s) to final datasets arising from the research project

Links to Project Reports

Active online links to final reports and/or other project deliverables

Multimodal Subject Areas

Areas in which more than 1 modal administration is conducting research on a similar subject or a subject that has a bearing on more than 1 mode

Project Outputs

Summary of any tangible outputs or products resulting from the project

Project Outcomes/Impacts

Summarizes any “real world” impacts of the project (e,g. any impacts on policy, rulemaking, patents, technology transfer outputs, commercialization, etc.)

Information provided includes the project title, a short description of the project, the program through which it is funded, its Grant/Contract number (or other funding agreement identifier) its status (active or completed), start and end dates, and the amount of funding allocated to the project. Only active projects and projects completed after September 2008 (FY2009 or later) are eligible to be include in the database.

Also included are the details of the organizations that sponsor, manage, and conduct the research (the "performing organization"), and the points of contact within each of these organizations. An important distinction is made between the "sponsoring organization" and the "managing organization"; the sponsor is the USDOT agency that is the source of funding for the project, while the manager is the organization that manages the project. In most cases, the project is sponsored and managed by the same USDOT agency. However, in some cases the organization managing the research is different from the sponsoring agency. For example, there are various Cooperative Research programs that are sponsored by USDOT agencies but managed by the Transportation Research Board. There is also a "co-sponsor" field, so that co-sponsoring organization(s) names can be included for projects that have more than one funding source.

Three fields are allocated to providing active links to further information. The “Project Link” field provides any existing online links to project information, usually on project manager or performer websites. Next, the database also provides links to completed final reports and other project deliverables (see “Links to Project Reports” field), including links to any digital datasets that were produced (See Public Access Policy).

The final two fields in the database are reserved for information on the products of the research projects and any subsequent “real world” impacts. The “Project Outputs” field provides a short description of any tangible outputs or products resulting from research projects that have been completed, such as commercializations, patents, new technologies, software, etc. The “Project Outcomes” field provides information on any documented “real world” project impacts. Examples of such impacts include improvements in transportation safety (reductions in fatalities, injuries, collisions, etc.) and economic impacts like reductions in the capital or operating costs of transportation facilities.

Data Sources

The project records provided in the USDOT Research Hub come from a variety of sources. These sources are summarized in the table below for each of the USDOT agencies represented in the database. Some project records are obtained from existing online databases, like the Transportation Research Board's Research in Progress (RiP) database, while other project records are obtained from internal data sources within USDOT. Field coverage is highly variable across the database as a whole due to the diverse range of purposes served by the original source databases. Field coverage will be improved over time as future versions of the USDOT Research Hub are released. Links to online data sources are also provided, where available, below.

Sponsor

Manager

Program

Data Source(s)

FAA

FAA

Aviation Grants

  • Internal FAA - Aviation Grants database

FAA

TRB

Airport Cooperative
Research Program

FAA

FAA

Various

  • Internal FAA - AJP6 database

FAA

FAA

Energy and Environment

  • Internal FAA - E&E database

FAA

FAA

Centers of Excellence

  • Internal FAA - CoE database

FHWA

FHWA

Exploratory Advanced Research

FHWA

TRB

Strategic Highway
Research Program 2

FHWA

FHWA

Surface
Transportation Research

  • Internal FHWA FMS database

FHWA

FHWA

Intelligent
Transportation Systems
-Joint Program Office

FMCSA

FMCSA

Research and
Technology Program

  • Internal FMCSA database

NHTSA

NHTSA

Behavioral Research

FTA

FTA

National Research Program

  • Internal FTA OTRAK database

FTA

FTA

National Fuel Cell
Bus Program

  • Internal FTA OTRAK database

FTA

TRB

Transit Cooperative
Research Program

FRA

FRA

Railroad Research and Development

  • Internal FRA database

PHMSA

PHMSA

Pipeline Safety
Research & Development

PHMSA

TRB

Hazardous Materials Cooperative Research Program

MARAD

MARAD

Research & Development

  • Internal MARAD database

OST-R

TRB

National Cooperative Freight Research Program

OST-R

OST-R

Advanced Research

  • Internal OST-R - RDT database

OST-R

OST-R

University
Transportation Centers*

OST-P

OST-P

Transportation, Planning, Research, and Development

  • Internal OST-P - TPR&D database