The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) champions innovations by supporting new and better ideas to get highways planned, designed, built, and maintained. The Center for Accelerating Innovation (CAI) is FHWA's focal point for advancing new technologies and practices through the Every Day Counts (EDC) program, the Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstration program, and the State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC) Incentive program. The CAI fosters collaboration between stakeholders within the transportation community through the State Transportation Innovation Councils (STIC), a national network that brings together public and private transportation stakeholders to evaluate innovations and spearhead their deployment in each State.
The CAI is one of four innovation-focused centers within the FHWA Office of Innovative Program Delivery (OIPD). OIPD works across FHWA to align capacity building, technical support, and guidance to accelerate the implementation of innovative designs, materials, construction and environmental techniques and practices, finance and revenue tools, public-private partnerships, and transportation workforce development practices to help FHWA's partners meet the needs of a 21st century transportation system.
Technology and Innovation Deployment Program (TIDP)
The TIDP fills the critical need to turn research products into proven technologies and demonstrated practices and promotes the rapid adoption of market-ready innovations. The AID Demonstration program provides an incentive for eligible entities to accelerate the implementation and adoption of proven innovations on highway transportation projects. The STIC Incentive program provides resources to help STICs foster a culture for innovation and make innovations standard practice in their States.
The TIDP relates to all aspects of highway transportation including planning, financing, operation, structures, materials, pavements, environment, and construction. After technologies have gone through testing and evaluation processes and are successfully deployed, the TIDP assists the accelerated implementation and adoption as standard practices by State DOTs and other stakeholders. The TIDP funding supports accelerated innovation deployment through final analysis, pilots, demonstrations, marketing, communications, and promotional activities. The following are the TIDP goals as indicated in Section 1444 of the FAST Act and 503(c)(1) of 23 U.S.C.:
- Significantly accelerate the adoption of innovative technologies by the surface transportation community.
- Provide leadership and incentives to demonstrate and promote state-of-the-art technologies, elevated performance standards, and new business practices in highway construction processes that result in improved safety, faster construction, reduced congestion from construction, and improved quality and user satisfaction.
- Construct longer-lasting highways through the use of innovative technologies and practices that lead to faster construction of efficient and safe highways and bridges.
- Improve highway efficiency, safety, mobility, reliability, service life, environmental protection, and sustainability.
- Develop and deploy new tools, techniques, and practices to accelerate the adoption of innovation in all aspects of highway transportation.