RIP and TRID FAQs
TRID VS RIP
Type of Records
Professional indexers from TRB
Primarily DOT or UTC staff
Record is permanent
Record updated as project progresses; Deleted when project is completed and final report is in TRID
Number of records
Contact information for individuals
Not made public
- Prevent duplication of research
- Connect researchers working on similar projects
- Identify experts for panels or committees
- Highlight research being done by your agency
- Required for UTCs and federally funded projects
Under the USDOT Public Access Plan requirements, any transportation-related scientific research project receiving ANY federal funding must be entered in RIP. This is effective for new funding agreements established after 12/31/2015 and existing funding agreements adding additional funding after 12/31/2015.
Projects conducted through the USDOT’s University Transportation Centers Program must be entered into RIP. This is a mandatory requirement of the award. UTCs should consult their UTC grants manager if there are questions concerning this requirement.
The RIP database provides records on current or recently completed records from many sources, while the USDOT Research Hub is focused only on USDOT-sponsored research. TRB and USDOT have agreed to exchange project records on a regular basis to ensure that both databases contain a comprehensive account of USDOT's research portfolio. While the basic design and functionality of the USDOT Research Hub is similar to that of RIP, there are several important differences between the two databases that are summarized in the table below.
TRB’s Research in Progress Database
USDOT Research Hub
Federal, State, and other forms of sponsored research included
USDOT-sponsored research only
Focused primarily on active (ongoing) research projects.
Active projects and projects completed after 9/30/2008
Final reports and other research products are not linked to project records
Final reports and other research products linked to project records
No information on research impacts
Information on research impacts included
TRID is maintained by TRB’s Transportation Research Information Service (TRIS).
TRB does not own the documents described in TRID, apart from reports published by TRB or the Highway Research Board (HRB).
However, many records in TRID do include a link to free OR fee-based full text. Access to full text through these links will depend on the publisher or your institutional/personal subscriptions. Your local or institutional library also can assist you in obtaining the document through interlibrary loan. You may find this resource useful for identifying local libraries that own or have access to a specific publication: https://www.worldcat.org/.
Papers presented at TRB Annual Meetings, conferences or events may be obtained only through interlibrary loan.
Contact us if we can help you find a publication.
- It provides wider dissemination and easier discovery of your work.
- It helps other transportation agencies avoid duplication of work and save resources.
After completing each federally funded project, researchers, State Departments of Transportation and University Transportation Centers are required to notify TRB of the URL of the full text of final reports for indexing and abstracting in TRID.
For further reference see:
National Transportation Library Public Access Plan Compliance
AASHTO Report Guidelines and Requirements
23 CFR Part 420 – Planning and Research Program Administration
U.S. DOT Grant Deliverables and Requirement for UTCs
Our top priorities for indexing include: US DOT final reports; State DOT final reports regardless of funding source; UTC final reports regardless of funding source and university research reports.
TRIS systematically indexes transportation-related journal literature; see our list of Serials Currently Covered in the TRID Database.
Other types of publications that we routinely index include: conference papers, research reports from non-governmental organizations, and commercially published books.
- Market research
- Vehicle standards and specifications
- Patent information
- Military transport
In addition, we do not include:
- Book reviews
- Annual reports of organizations
- Articles of a page or less
- Straight summaries of reports (We’d rather have the report itself)
- Introductions to “special issues” that merely summarize the papers within that journal.
- “Newsy” articles
- Articles that summarize conferences
- “Advertorials” or other articles that are actually paid advertisements
But keep in mind that indexing is based on the publication itself. The title of a final report, and the title of a project may not be identical.