Technology Transfer of Transportation Research Products and Ideas for Caltrans and the FHWA Division Office

The National Cooperative Highway Research Program's NCHRP Synthesis 355 defines technology transfer as "activities leading to the adoption of a new-to-the-user product or procedure by any user or group of users" (NCHRP 355 (2005), pg 7). The report goes on to say that technology transfer is now recognized as important to achieving agency goals. This has also led to the practice of not just having a researcher push the technology on users, but to have users seek out new technologies to help them solve problems and improve existing processes (NCHRP 355 (2005), pg. 11). The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has a rich history of promoting technology transfer in the transportation industry; with specific focus on state departments of transportation. This is evident in the several programs and processes that have been developed; which include the transportation pooled fund program, the local technical assistance programs, and their internal technology transfer program. This focus on technology transfer performance measures has been incorporated into the Joint Stewardship and Oversight Agreement between FHWA and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). This project will strengthen the technology transfer effort in California. The focus of this project is to provide a mechanism to rapidly fund small tasks that will promote or aide in the implementation of developed technologies that will enhance the transportation industry. Each of these tasks will be qualitatively analyzed, in order to capture the benefits realized from this project.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $250000.00
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    California Department of Transportation

    1227 O Street
    Sacramento, CA  United States  95843
  • Project Managers:

    Skeen, Sarah

  • Start Date: 20100820
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 29814

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01481811
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Contract Numbers: TPF-5(234)
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: May 22 2013 1:01AM