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This MAP-21 fact sheet has been superseded by a FAST Act fact sheet.

Highway Research and Development Program

Year 2013 2014
Authorization $ 115 M $ 115 M

Program purpose

The Highway Research and Development Program funds strategic investment in research activities that address current and emerging highway transportation needs.

Statutory citation(s): MAP-21 §§ 52001-52003, 23 USC 502-503

Funding features

Funded by contract authority from the Highway Account of the Highway Trust Fund. Funds are available until expended. The funds may not be transferred except that, at the request of a State, the Secretary may transfer funds apportioned or allocated to that State to another State or to FHWA to fund research, development and technology transfer activities of mutual interest on a pooled fund basis. Funds are subject to the overall Federal-aid obligation limitation and the obligation limitation associated with these funds is available for four fiscal years.

Eligible activities

A broad range of research and development areas are eligible including:


To the maximum extent practicable, research activities shall be part of a data-driven, outcome-based plan, and shall be consistent with the Secretary's research and technology development strategic plan.

Federal share

The Federal share of the cost of activities carried out under a cooperative research and development agreement shall not exceed 80 %, except that if there is substantial public interest or benefit, the Secretary may approve a greater Federal share.

The Federal share of a project or activity carried out under this program shall be 80% unless otherwise determined by the Secretary.

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