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Presolicitation Notice for SHRP2 Naturalistic Driving Study Pooled Fund
A solicitation will be opening via the Transportation Pooled Fund Program for interested State departments of transportation (DOTs) and other stakeholders to participate in a pooled fund focused on using data from the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) Naturalistic Driving Study (NDS) to address high-priority issues in the areas of highway operations, planning, and safety.
The objective of this pooled fund is to conduct groundbreaking research using SHRP2 NDS data and the Roadway Information Database (RID) that will result in a more efficient, reliable, and inherently safer experience for road users. An overall goal of this pooled fund project is to advance the development of implementable solutions that address high-priority issues to State DOTs. This could include development and improvement of countermeasures, development and improvement of models and design guides, and policy recommendations. When appropriate, other datasets that could supplement SHRP2 data will be used to meet project objectives.
A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will be appointed to direct the pooled fund activities. Projects in three major areas—Safety, Operations, and Planning—will be pursued. The TAC will determine yearly funding allocations for each of the areas. In addition, the TAC may pursue activities focused on topics that overlap one or more of these areas. Such overlap may support advancing a connected and automated highway system or other high-priority areas identified by the TAC. Due to the uniqueness of this pooled fund and its crosscutting approach, the TAC should provide adequate representation of the three focus areas in the portfolio of projects. This pooled fund will work with existing pooled funds where appropriate, and communicate with other research entities (e.g., National Cooperative Highway Research Program) to leverage SHRP2 NDS research results and to work toward the common goal of a safer and more reliable experience for the road user.
The TAC will develop the research roadmap for the pooled fund, approve research teams, and oversee the work to assure the objectives are met. Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA’s) Safety Training and Analysis Center (STAC) will manage the pooled fund, and under oversight of the TAC, manage the work plans, including the research contracting process.
We suggest a minimum contribution of $50,000 per State per year for a 5-year period, or a total of $250,000 per State. We seek the use of State Planning and Research (SP&R) Funds for this activity. In addition, FHWA will contribute, at a minimum, $750,000 over the 5 years of the project. For more information, contact Charles Fay at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202–493–3336
BAA Generates Strong Response, Eight Proposals Funded to Leverage SHRP2 Safety Data
Following a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA), FHWA’s Office of Safety Research and Development received numerous proposals to leverage safety data from the Second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) to support traffic safety improvements. Ultimately, eight proposals were funded for Phase I; six were funded as contracts with FHWA at $100,000 per project and two were funded as cooperative agreements. Twelve different State departments of transportation were proposed as partners across the projects. [Read More]
RFP: SHRP 2 Safety Data Phase 1
TRB has released a Request for Proposals (http://www.trb.org/main/blurbs/172889.aspx) to explore the possibility of producing Public Use Datasets (PUDs) that have been both de-identified and cleansed of original data (to avoid having to track and destroy any original data). PUDs would be made publicly available to researchers via such means as posting on the Internet for download under an open source data license. Proposals are due August 11, 2015.
Opportunity at Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) - Naturalistic Driving Data Analyses
A research opportunity using Naturalistic Driving Data has been posted on National Academy’s National Research Fellowship program page under Research Associateship Program (RAP). Following is the link of the announcement:
Implementation Assistance Program – The Concept to Countermeasure Project
Through the Federal Highway Administration/American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (FHWA/AASHTO) Implementation Assistance Program (IAP), results from the second Strategic Highway Research Program’s (SHRP2) Naturalistic Driving Study (NDS) and Roadway Information Database (RID) projects are being made available to State departments of transportation (DOTs) interested in analyzing these data to identify crash causation factors and to develop effective countermeasures, such as improved road designs or public safety campaigns, that will address their common safety concerns.
In August 2014, FHWA and AASHTO announced that 10 States are participating in a proof of concept effort offered through the IAP project, titled: Concept to Countermeasure – Research to Deployment Using the SHRP2 Safety Data. Approximately $3 million in financial and technical assistance is being made available to conduct research on 11 high priority topic areas. Participants of the IAP have agreed not only to research a topic using SHRP2 NDS and RID data, but also to actively pilot and promote any promising countermeasures that are identified by their research. A primary – but not the only – goal is national adoption of new countermeasures. States, partnered with researchers, will manage the research, implement findings, and deliver authorized research results.
A Three-phased Approach
This IAP project is designed as a three-phased process. In phase 1, the participating State DOTs and their research partners will use a reduced set of NDS and RID data to demonstrate that their concept is viable, and that a full analysis with a larger dataset can answer the research question.
At the end of phase 1, the work will be presented and reviewed by FHWA and the AASHTO SHRP2 Safety Task Force to determine whether the results are promising enough to move to phase 2. If phase 2 produces meaningful results that are likely to lead to an implementable countermeasure then FHWA could provide additional financial or technical support for phase 3, which would address implementing the countermeasure. Implementation would not include additional research; instead, implementation in phase 3 could include engineering or other support to update national manuals or policies, or strategies to incorporate the countermeasure and endorse it for national adoption. Phase 3 might also include pilot testing a developed safety countermeasure in the field, implementing new public outreach efforts, or using other measures to improve highway safety.
The 10 State DOTs that were selected to begin research in January 2015 using the NDS and RID data received $100,000 for each proposal. The States will initially use a sample dataset and will report on their findings by September 2015.
The following table details the topics for the proof of concept and the State DOTs that will be involved in the project.
(Title of the Study)
|Adverse Weather Conditions
(Investigating how weather conditions affect speed behavior and drivers)
|Horizontal and Vertical Curves
(Evaluating the interaction of traffic on rural, two-lane roads)
|North Carolina DOT|
(Assessing driver behavior near closely spaced interchange ramps)
(Understanding the interactions between pedestrians and drivers at signalized intersections)
(Assessing the influence of different factors on pedestrian crashes at intersections)
(Analyzing pedestrian safety and high-visibility markings)
New York State DOT
(Investigating the roles of the driver and roadway characteristics in crashes)
(Identifying the role roadway lighting conditions play in crashes)
(Assessing how speed limits on certain types of roadways affect driver behavior)
(Examining episodic speeding)
(Determining the role played by speed and distractions in and around work zone crashes)