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Publication Number: FHWA-RD-03-085
Date: September 2003

Office of Research, Development, and Technology Fiscal Year 2004/2005 Performance Plan

Corporate Role in Research and Deployment of T&I

RD&T Corporate Missions and Functions

The Office of RD&T performs several key functions to champion the advancement of technological innovation. The following examples illustrate some of the unique functions carried out by RD&T to support the Agency’s role as innovators for a better future.

Highway R&D

  • Research and innovation.
  • Technical assistance.
  • Forensic evaluation.
  • Management of FHWA Highway Research Center.

TFHRC staff meetingImplementation of the Corporate Master Plan

  • FHWA R&T Leadership Team support in implementing the CMP for research and deployment of T&I.
  • Champion for corporate R&T.

Strategic Planning and Budget

  • R&T budget formulation and execution.
  • Legislative monitoring and analysis of R&T issues.
  • R&T performance measurement framework development.
  • Agency input into USDOT RD&T Plan.

Outreach, Communication, and Consultation

  • Research liaison and partnership activities (such as the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' (AASHTO) Standing Committee on Research (SCOR), the Research Advisory Committee (RAC), the Transportation Research Board's (TRB) R&T Coordinating Committee (RTCC), and USDOT's RTCC).
  • R&T marketing.
  • Publishing and promoting FHWA R&T information.
  • TFHRC visits/tours.

The Corporate Master Plan for Research and Deployment of Technology & Innovation

FHWA developed an agencywide plan for R&T called the Corporate Master Plan for Research and Deployment of Technology & Innovation. The CMP continues to expand the effectiveness and efficiency of R&T, with special emphasis on deploying and implementing technologies and innovations that improve the quality, cost-effectiveness, and timeliness of products, procedures, processes, practices, and/or techniques. The CMP sets out a role, new focus, and guiding principles for the FHWA R&T Program to improve highway transportation. In addition, it outlines FHWA’s corporate strategy for investing in and conducting cooperative research with partners and stakeholders. In implementing this plan, the Agency is committed to engaging stakeholders throughout the R&T process and effectively communicating the R&T Program. This includes publishing an agencywide R&T Performance Report. The CMP includes 26 agency commitments to address the 7 guiding principles. The plan is available on the FHWA Web site at: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/legsregs/directives/policy/cmp/03077.htm.

The Seven Guiding Principles for FHWA’s R&T Program

  1. The FHWA R&T process, from research through implementation, is systematic and begins with the end in mind.
  2. FHWA engages in advanced and applied research and in innovation deployment activities where there is an appropriate Federal role.
  3. Stakeholders are engaged throughout the R&T process.
  4. The R&T process is grounded in the FHWA mission and goals, and guided by multiyear plans.
  5. The R&T budget allocation is based on and driven by multiyear plans and priorities.
  6. FHWA measures the performance of R&T on the Agency, program, and project levels.
  7. FHWA effectively communicates its R&T Program and projects.

R&T Leadership Team

To ensure a “corporate” approach to R&T and to implement the CMP, FHWA formed an R&T Leadership Team consisting of the Associate Administrators for Environment and Planning, Federal Lands, Infrastructure, Operations, Policy, Professional Development, Safety, and RD&T; the Directors of Field Services; and a member of the Division Administrators’ Council. The key role of the Associate Administrator for RD&T is to champion, facilitate, and support the Leadership Team in implementing the CMP. The R&T Leadership Team, in implementing the CMP, will establish specific roles and responsibilities for an FHWA R&T Network; define a process for developing a list of priority, market-ready T&I; and develop templates for T&I deployment, and agencywide performance measures for R&T.


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