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Research Funding

 

Transportation Research Funding


Funding for Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA's) Research and Technology (R&T) Program is provided under Title 23 of the U.S. Code, Chapter 5: Research, Technology, and Education, as amended by Division A, Title VI of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The FAST Act provides authorization for FHWA to use funds from the Highway Trust Fund in fiscal year (FY) 2016 through FY 2020 to conduct R&T activities, which include the FHWA-administered Highway Research and Development Program (HRD),  the Technology and Innovation Deployment Program (TIDP), and the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Program.

The HRD is authorized at $125 million each fiscal year 2016–2020. Of the total authorized for the HRD Program, the FAST Act requires the Department of Transportation (DOT) to set aside:

  • Not more than $5 million for FY 2016 for the Future Interstate Study.
  • For the Surface Transportation System Funding Alternatives: $15 million for FY 2016, and $20 million for each of FYs 2017–2020.
  • An unspecified amount for each of FYs 2016–2020 as one component of the $60 million in funding for the Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment Program.
  • Up to $10 million for each of FYs 2016–2020 for Performance Management Data Support.

TIDP is authorized at $67 million in FY 2016 and $67.5 million each FY 2017–2020. The following amounts are to be set aside from the amounts authorized for the TIDP Program:

  • At least $12 million for each of FYs 2016–2020 to accelerate the deployment and implementation of pavement technology.
  • An unspecified amount for each of FYs 2016–2020 as one component of the $60 million in funding for the Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment Program.

The ITS Program is authorized at $100 million each year FY 2016–2020. Of the total authorized for the ITS Program, the FAST Act requires the DOT to set aside an unspecified amount for each of FYs 2016–2020 as one component of the $60 million in funding for the Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment Program.

AAdditionally, States are required to set aside funds for the State Planning and Research (SP&R) Program. Funding is provided for SP&R by a 2 percent set-aside from each State's apportionments of five programs: the National Highway Performance Program (NHPP); the Surface Transportation Block Grant Program (STBGP); the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP); and the Congestion Mitigation Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) Program; and the National Highway Freight Program (NHFP). At least 25 percent of these funds (approximately $180 million per year) must be used for research, development, and technology purposes. States use these funds to conduct research aimed at solving specific transportation issues at the State level, or States may leverage these funds by applying them toward Transportation Pooled Fund projects. States can also use these funds as the non-Federal match for Local/Tribal Technical Assistance Program Centers and for the University Transportation Centers

 

 

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