The USDOT Research Hub is a web-based, searchable database of USDOT-sponsored research, development, and technology project records. The database acts as a central repository for information on active and recently completed projects from USDOT's Operating Administrations, providing a comprehensive account of the Department’s research portfolio at the project level.

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Database content originates from a range of different internal sources within these USDOT agencies, supplemented by existing online resources like the Transportation Research Board’s Research in Progress (RiP) database. For more information on database content, see the Database Info. tab.

The database has been designed to fulfill a variety of objectives: (a) to aid OST-R (Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology) in its research coordination, facilitation, and strategic planning efforts, (b) to leverage opportunities for cross-modal collaboration between USDOT agencies and between USDOT and external organizations, (c) to provide USDOT staff with a resource to quickly and accurately respond to requests for information from external stakeholders, (d) to provide a full account of USDOT’s research portfolio to the transportation research community in the U.S. and abroad, and (e) to comply with the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act Consolidated Research Database mandates (49 U.S.C. 6502) and the Open Government and Public Access initiatives.  

The database field structure has been developed to provide a basic summary of each individual research, development, and technology project. Information provided includes the project title, a short description of project activities, the program through which it is funded, its status (active or completed), start and end dates, and the total funding amount. Also included are the details of the organizations that sponsor, manage, and conduct the research, and the points of contact within these organizations. Finally, the database provides links to final reports and datasets, summary information on research products, and any documented “real world” impacts resulting from the research.



Annual Modal Research Plans

The Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act requires that each modal (operating) administration and joint program office submit an Annual Modal Research Plan (AMRP) by May 1st each year to the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology for review and approval. The approved plans must be posted on a public facing website by January 30 each year. The plans are required to provide a comprehensive annual modal research plan for the upcoming fiscal year and a detailed outlook for the following fiscal year. This year's plans address fiscal years 2017 and 2018.

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RDT Strategic Plan

The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Research, Development, and Technology (RD&T) Strategic Plan presents U.S. DOT's research priorities for the next five years (Fiscal Years 2017-2021) and describes the activities taken by the Department to address those priorities. In doing so, the document provides a five-year action plan that responds to the trends affecting the current and future performance of the Nation's transportation system, as identified in U.S. DOT's Beyond Traffic-Trends and Choices 2045 document. The RD&T Strategic Plan meets the statutory requirements of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act (Pub. L. 114-94), which requires the Secretary of Transportation to develop a five-year strategic plan to guide future Federal transportation research and development activities.

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Technology Transfer

The goal of technology transfer is to maximize the impact of federally-funded research and development (R&D) by accelerating the transfer of new, innovative technologies from federal agencies to the commercial marketplace. Technology deployment is the process by which emerging technologies are moved from the lab to an adoption-ready state.

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