Research Technology Transfer - Research on Call (ROC) FY2024-2026

Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) invests approximately $6.4 million dollars annually in research, development, and technology transfer activities. Typically referred to as the "Research Program", ODOT's Statewide Planning & Research - Part B (SP&R-B) program contracts projects that evaluate, analyze, and develop recommendations on process improvements, policy enhancements, specification updates and the appropriate incorporation of best practices and new technologies. According to 23 CFR 420.203, technology transfer is defined as: "those activities that lead to the adoption of a new technique or product by users and involves dissemination, demonstration, training, and other activities that lead to eventual innovation." Technology transfer is more art than science. For it to be effective, a variety of activities or mechanisms need to be established. No single activity will reach all groups of potential users. It is ODOT's desire to present research studies in a user-friendly format and to distribute them to as wide an audience of potential users as practical. Effective messaging of research may assist in the acceptance and eventual implementation of findings. Considering the timing on individual research projects, and the notion that researchers are selected based on technical expertise as opposed to communication/marketing skills, it may be not feasible to have researchers assist in the development of technology transfer materials to support wider distribution of findings beyond the final report. In addition to communicating specific information about research projects, technology transfer activities may also help share information about the research program in general. This may include training opportunities on the research processes, defining and highlighting significant impacts of the research program to ODOT and the State of Ohio, and educating stakeholders on the value the research program provides. Additional examples of technology transfer methods include, but are not limited to reports, fact sheets, flyers, workshops, webinars, website content, videos, articles, presentations, posters, newsletters, and trainings. Due to the sporadic and sometimes time-sensitive nature of technology transfer activities, it is possible that some of these opportunities to share information and capture return-on-investment and are missed. To address this issue, ODOT developed the Research-On-Call (ROC) program. The ROC is designed to provide direct, quick access to researchers in specific areas of expertise to conduct short-term, focused, urgent research tasks. This ROC will focus on tasks associated with research technology transfer.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $1050000
  • Contract Numbers:




  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    Office of Planning, Environment and Realty (HEP)
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Ohio Department of Transportation

    Research Program
    1980 West Broad Street
    Columbus, OH  United States  43223
  • Project Managers:

    Fout, Vicky

  • Performing Organizations:

    MurphyEpson, Inc.

    1650 Watermark Dr.
    Ste 210
    Columbus, OH    43215
  • Principal Investigators:

    Tresso, Stephanie

  • Start Date: 20231130
  • Expected Completion Date: 20261130
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01899363
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 39978, 118093, 136680
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 16 2023 9:32AM