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Publication Number:  N/A    Date:  September 2011
Publication Date: September 2011


Federal Highway Administration Exploratory Advanced Research

New Methods To Collect, Analyze, Apply Highway Data From Work Sponsored By The FHWA Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program

Presentation for the 2011 Highway Data Workshop and Conference and ITE NY Upstate Section Annual Meeting

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Presentation Objectives

Nation Data

What is EAR?

A graphics using oval shaped circles to demonstrate how Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) is used as a bridge for basic research and applied research.  The left large oval circle is light blue in color and represents basic research with smaller horizontal circles in various colors showing the National Science Foundation (yellow), National and International Laboratories (green), Universities/Centers of Excellence (medium blue), and National and International Transportation Institutes (orange).  Arrows point from the smaller circles to a vertical oval representing EAR, which is on top of a bigger light blue circle representing FHWA mission oriented advanced research. There is a square box with “FHWA Advanced Research Plan” pointing to the middle of the large circle, a round purple circle with “Advanced Transportation Research at DOT, DOE, DOD, EPA, etc” points towards the center of the large blue circle, and a light blue oval circle at the right has “FHWA, NCHRP, State DOT, UTE, Industry” written on it, representing applied research.


* Appropriated funding may vary ($10-11 million annually)

Key Processes

Breadth with Depth

Expert Review

Program Development

Diagram consisting of seven boxes in three tiers showing the flow of influences in the development of the EAR Program focus areas.  The first box is labeled “scientific, technological breakthroughs from other fields” with an arrow pointing to the next box directly below it called “Initial Stage Investigations” with an arrow going to the next box, which is at the bottom of the second tier and labeled “Updated Focus Areas.”  The middle tier of the graphics start at the top with a box labeled “Focus Areas” with an arrow going to the next box directly below it called “Ongoing Research” with an arrow pointing back to “Updated Focus Areas.” The third tier starts at the top with a box called “Research Continuing from prior years” with an arrow pointing back to “Updated Focus Areas.”  Just below the “Research Continuing from prior years” box is a box called “Other relevant research (NCHRP 20-83, NCHRP IDEA)” with an arrow pointing back to the “Updated Focus Areas” box.

Influences in the Development of EAR Program Focus Areas

Focus Areas

Partner Collaboration

Core Audiences

Program Status

Sponsored Research

Research continued

Project Handoff

Program Payoff

Potential Breakthroughs

Topics under Investigation

Topics continued

Thank You

EAR Program website

David Kuehn
Program Manager
(202) 493-3414


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