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Ongoing Research


FHWA is funding exploratory advanced research across the range of issues that are critical to the transportation industry. Research is listed under four broad functional areas. Functional areas describe traditionally-related areas of scientific and engineering inquiry Researchers who work within the functional areas frequently will have similar academic backgrounds in engineering, social sciences, or physical sciences, including:

 

 


Exploratory Advanced Research Program

Announcements

Next-Generation Energy Technologies for Connected and Automated on-Road Vehicles: NEXTCAR

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced $30 million in funding for a NEXT-Generation Energy Technologies for Connected and Automated on-Road-vehicles (NEXTCAR) program that explores the development of new and emerging vehicle dynamic and powertrain (VD&PT) control technologies to reduce the energy consumption of future vehicles through the use of connectivity and vehicle automation. [More]

National Science Foundation’s Cyber-physical Systems Solicitation is Open

The Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA’s) Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program is working closely with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and other Federal agencies on cyber-physical systems (CPS), which are engineered systems that are built from, and depend upon, the seamless integration of computational algorithms and physical components. NSF has just released a solicitation for a unique opportunity for investigators to support this CPS program. FHWA has interest in research and development that provides improved safety, mobility, and energy conservation in the development and operation of the Nation’s highway system. [More]

Request for Information for Inductive Charging Systems and Roadway Pavement Design and Durability

Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA’s) Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC) and FHWA’s Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program have issued a Request for Information (RFI) to find organizations that have developed inductive charging systems for placement in roadway pavement.  [More]

NRC Postdoctoral Fellows Help EAR Program Solve Transportation Issues

The Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC) conducts research across a wide range of topics and disciplines. To supplement the expertise of the permanent staff, it is important to bring in researchers with the appropriate backgrounds to investigate specific problems at short-term basis. Through the Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program, FHWA utilizes the Resident Associates (or Postdoctoral Fellows) program of the National Research Council (NRC) for this purpose. The NRC provides a process for selecting candidates on a competitive merit basis and subsequently for administration of the Resident Fellows during their tenures at FHWA. [More]

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