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Innovative Ideas

In 2005, FHWA held a series of think tank forums that brought together a cross section of stakeholders and partners to make recommendations for a corporate, strategic, advanced research agenda for FHWA. Three such forums were organized to explore future advanced research possibilities within a set of domains relevant to the mission of FHWA.


Research on the Future

Resources for learning more about trends that may impact the transportation industry and, thus, the industry’s research needs over the next generation are categorized under three areas consisting of  (1) research programs and institutes; (2) related research reports; and (3) popular articles. [More:]

Exploratory Advanced Research Program


Exploratory Advanced Research Program 2018 Broad Agency Announcement

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued a Presolicitation Notice for its Exploratory Advanced Research Program’s 2018 Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) with an anticipated posting date of February 16, 2018. Through the issuance of this BAA, FHWA anticipates sponsoring research addressing four topics: (1) Mobil Ad Hoc Networks (MANETs); (2) Video Analytics; (3) Artificial Realistic Data; and (4) Supplementary or Alternative Materials for Highway Pavements and Structures. All responsible sources capable of satisfying the U.S. Government's needs may submit proposals for evaluation. The presolicitation announcement is posted on the FedBizOpps Web Site at:


Potential offerors and vendors are encouraged to register on www.fbo.gov to receive any further information regarding this announcement. The BAA will close on April 19, 2018.


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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