U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
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Washington, DC 20590
Federal Highway Administration Research and Technology
Coordinating, Developing, and Delivering Highway Transportation Innovations
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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.
Implementation of the Corporate Master Plan
Strategic Planning and Budget
Outreach, Communication, and Consultation
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
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.