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FUTURE STRATEGIC HIGHWAY RESEARCH PROGRAM (F-SHRP)
The program provides for a time-specific, concentrated, short-term and results-oriented research program focused on solving the top problems of highway safety, reliability, capacity, and renewal.
SAFETEA-LU Section: 5210
Funded from Surface Transportation Research, authorization in 5101(a)(1). Funds are contract authority, to remain available for 4 years, and may not be transferred. Federal share is 100%.
Projects and researches must, to the maximum extent practicable, be selected on merit basis through open solicitation; State and other stakeholders to be involved in governance of program; Council to acquire a permanent core staff; no duplication of effort with other Departmental research. Provides for limitation of remedies, treatment of individuals associated with F-SHRP activities as Federal employees, and payment of claims. Programmatic evaluation to be conducted by Comptroller General within 3 years.
The Secretary, in consultation with AASHTO, will carry out a future strategic highway research program through the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences.
F-SHRP will issue requests for proposals, award contracts, conduct research, and disseminate research results as defined in Special Report 260 (Strategic Highway Research: Saving Lives, Reducing Congestion, Improving Quality of Life) and NCHRP Report 510 (Interim Planning for a Future Strategic Highway Research Program) to support the priority areas of:
Report to Congress on strategies and administrative structure for implementation of results must be prepared by TRB, in consultation with stakeholders, and submitted to Congress by February 1, 2009. Must include identification of most promising results, potential incentives/impediments to implementation, estimate of costs, recommendations for future implementation.