The Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) program explores the feasibility of unproven technical concepts, novel applications of proven concepts, or advances that have not yet been tried or tested for application in transportation practice. The IDEA program focuses on high-payoff concepts, products, systems, tools, or techniques that accelerate the development and deployment of advanced technologies, methods, or processes for highway and intermodal transportation systems. An IDEA investigation will, in general, have one or more of the following characteristics: (1) A credible yet unproven technical concept that may require a high-risk investigation to prove its feasibility but that offers the potential for significant payoff to practice. (2) A proven concept or novel application or advance in technologies, methods, or non-transportation applications such as processes developed for defense or industrial uses that have not yet been tried, tested, or used in highway transportation systems. (3) Testing of new, advanced, or emerging products that may significantly improve competitiveness in surface and intermodal freight and passenger transportation. (4) Concepts or products that promote international cooperation in advancing highway technologies and systems.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $24750000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-30

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Parker, Stephan

  • Performing Organizations:

    Transportation Research Board, Division B

    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Principal Investigators:

    Jawed, Inam

    Williams, Jon

  • Start Date: 19920708
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 38013

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01547215
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-30
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Dec 4 2014 1:00AM