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Links of Interest

Federal Government

National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI)

University Transportation Research Centers


Center for Climate Change and Environmental Forecasting

National Science Foundation

Argonne National Laboratory conducts modeling, simulation & assessment related to highway research.


Non-Governmental Organizations

The National Research Council recommends and makes Research Associateship awards to outstanding scientists and engineers as guest researchers at the participating laboratories.  The objectives of the Research Associateship Programs are (1) to provide postdoctoral and senior scientists and engineers of unusual promise and ability opportunities for research on problems, largely of their own choice that are compatible with the interests of the sponsoring laboratories and (2) to, thereby, contribute to the overall efforts of the laboratories.  For recent doctoral graduates, the Research Associateship Programs provide an opportunity for concentrated research in association with selected members of the permanent professional laboratory staff.   FHWA offers a number of opportunities for research at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC).  For more information, see http://nrc58.nas.edu/RAPLab10/Opportunity/Program.aspx?LabCode=27.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association. In addition to organizing membership activities. 

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Standing Committee on Research (SCOR), and its Research Advisory Committee (RAC)

The National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Ideas Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) Program funds research into promising but unproven innovations for highways

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) Conduct of Research Committee serves to increase the quality and effectiveness of transportation research by supporting and facilitating improved research planning and management processes. It promotes improved coordination between those who sponsor and conduct research and those who implement research products. It assists the Transportation Research Board in its role of stimulating research and serving as a national clearinghouse for research activities.

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) Research and Technology Coordinating Committee reviews highway research programs and activities, providing an independent assessment of research opportunities and priority recommendations from which the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and other research organizations can draw in developing their research programs
http://www8.nationalacademies.org/cp/projectview.aspx?key=154 and http://www.trb.org/TRB/publications/PolicyStudyLetterReports.asp



The European Conference of Transport Research Institutes (ECTRI) is an international non-profit organization that was founded in April 2003.  Its members are 20 major transport research institutes or universities from European countries. Together, they account for more than 3000 European scientific and research staff in the field of transport.  ECTRI’s aim is to help build the “European Research Area” (ERA) in surface transport by cooperation in thematic and process oriented working groups, task forces, Framework Programme projects, and seminars.

Formed in 1989 as the Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories (FEHRL) is a registered International Association with a permanent Secretariat based in Brussels governed by the Directors of each of the national institutes.  It provides a coordinated structure for the interests of the thirty national research and technical centers from the member states in the European Union, the EFTA countries and the rest of Europe.  FEHRL is engaged in road engineering research topics including safety, materials, environmental issues, telematics and economic evaluation.  Research capacity is provided by the national institutes and makes use of the wide range of test facilities available to them.

The FEHRL Forever Open Road  brings together innovative technologies and concepts, and by harvesting knowledge and expertise from across Europe and the U.S.  The Forever Open Road will be adaptable, automated and climate change resilient resulting in a new generation road that will transform the way roads are built, designed, maintained and operated.

Exploratory Advanced Research Program

Research Highlights


Ear Program Research Results - Updated Through 2014,(FHWA-HRT-15-024)- December 2014

Multimedia Downloads

Investigating Advanced Traffic Signal Control, (N/A)- April 2011

Project Fact Sheets

Assistive Technologies for Visually Impaired Persons,(FHWA-HRT-15-040)- February 2015

Reference Scans

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Applications for Highway Transportation,(FHWA-HRT-14-037)- November 2013


National Multimodal Freight Analysis Framework Research Workshop,(FHWA-HRT-14-054)- January 2015

Scanning and Convening Activities Fact Sheets

Understanding Material Durability - Workshop Examines Aging of Composite Materials,(FHWA-HRT-14-068)- June 2014


Technological Innovations in Transportation for People with Disabilities: Workshop Executive Summary(FHWA-HRT-11-042)- September 2011

Web Articles

Emission Reductions, Fuel Savings Demonstrated at Turner-Fairbank ()-

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