The purpose of this page is to describe the Department's current and planned Technology Transfer (T2) activities and illustrate how they fulfill the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act mandates on the use and dissemination of research findings (49 U.S.C. 6502).
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.
Figure 1 Integrating T2 and R&D
Figure 1 illustrates the two parallel sets of activities essential to developing and deploying a new technology. The first is the R&D process, in which research activities are defined and experimentation is conducted. The second is the T2 process. During this process potential adopters and other stakeholders must be engaged so that (1) industry needs are clearly articulated and addressed within the R&D process, and (2) end users understand and are able to fully optimize these new technologies. Technology deployment is the final phase of the T2 process.
The DOT T2 Program, housed within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology (OST-R), is responsible for coordinating, documenting, and supporting T2 activities across the Department. DOT's T2 activities focus on research collaboration, knowledge transfer, information dissemination and the practical application of research. Specific coordination and collaborative efforts include:
The T2 Program also represents the Department's T2 interests in working with other outside organizations, including the Department of Commerce, Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer, Transportation Research Board, the White House, and American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.
The Department's T2 mission and goals are accomplished through the collaborative efforts of technology transfer and deployment experts within each Operating Administration (OA) and by leveraging expertise and resources outside the Department. Each OA has tailored its T2 approach and activities to its specific technology deployment needs. These activities are outlined in detail within the "Technology Deployment" section of the Department's new Research, Development and Technology Strategic Plan (FY 2017 - 2021), pages 85 to 97, which can be accessed here.
The T2 Program is working with the OAs to develop T2 plans for individual projects that will enable them to identify and perform specific activities during the conduct of research that would facilitate the transfer of results from the agency to the marketplace. It is also developing useful tools for DOT stakeholders to increase the probability of getting the research results used within and outside the Department.
For more information, please contact:
Technology Transfer Program Manager
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology
U.S. Department of Transportation
Office of the Secretary
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590, Mail Code: E33-463
Phone: 202.366.0849 | Santiago.Navarro@dot.gov