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The Impact of Scientific Partnerships on the Future of Transportation

Federal support of innovative research

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February 15, 2009

Workshop Outline


  • Communicate big issues in highway research
  • Name who conducts highway research
  • Describe the FHWA Exploratory Advanced Research Program (EAR)
  • Illustrate research partnerships lessons
  • Assess future opportunities in highway research

Big Research Issues

  • Breakthrough concept for integrating highway safety and system operations
  • Nanoscale research
  • Massive scale systems
  • Human behavior in traffic
  • Financing highways for the next century
  • New yechnologies and advanced policies for energy and resource conservation

Who Conducts Highway Research?

  • FHWA
  • University Transportation Centers
  • State Departments of Transportation
  • Industry
  • International

EAR Key Process

  • Focus on high-risk, high payoff research
  • Research stakeholders are involved throughout
    • From scoping of focus areas through communication of research results
  • Merit review is used to enhance the quality of research processes and results
  • All projects begin with initial stage research (e.g. scanning, literature review, etc.)
    • Assure leverage of the most recent, relevant and advanced research from all fields
  • Not all initial stage research leads to (or is expected to lead to) follow-on or actionable results

Current Partnerships

  • Academic
    • University Transportation Centers, other universities
  • Government
    • Other Federal Agencies, State, Local
  • Non-Governmental, Non-Profit
  • Industry

Forming Partnerships

  • Competitive advantage
    • Expertise
    • New ideas
    • Leverage resources, risk
  • Potential obstacles
    • Gaining agreements
    • Partner viability
    • Project management and coordination

Managing Partnerships

  • Competitive advantage
    • Flexibility and depth
    • Awareness and outreach
  • Potential obstacles
    • Project management and coordination
    • Accountability

Continuing Partnerships

  • Competitive advantage
    • Knowledge capacity building
    • Implementation across sectors
  • Potential obstacles
    • Rights and ownerships
    • Bringing in new partners
    • Research results’ hand-off

Future Opportunities with FHWA EAR

  • Agenda scoping
  • Open competitions
  • Short and longer-term work exchanges
  • Serving as expert reviewers

Thank You

David Kuehn Program Manager (202) 493-3414 david.kuehn@dot.gov

Terry Halkyard Program Coordinator (202) 493-3467 terry.halkyard@dot.gov

Samyra Simmons Program Analyst (202) 493-3469 samyra.simmons@dot.gov

Program Web Site www.fhwa.dot.gov/advancedresearch


Exploratory Advanced Research Program

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