Evaluations of FHWA Research & Technology Program Projects. Evaluation of the Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program (TFPE-02)

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Research and Technology (R&T) Evaluation Program seeks to assess and communicate the benefits of FHWA’s R&T efforts; ensure that the organization is expending public resources efficiently and effectively; and build evidence to shape and improve policymaking. Beginning in 2019, FHWA requested that the Transportation Research Board be directly involved in managing evaluations of selected projects. This project evaluated FHWA’s Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program. The EAR was initiated in 2007; from fiscal years 2007 through 2020, the total investment in the program amounts to just over $65 million. EAR projects are solicited with a call for proposals from research organizations across a range of topics relevant to FHWA’s mission including human-automation interaction, safety improvements through advanced data analysis, innovative materials for highway pavements and structures, methods to improve transportation system resilience, and technologies for alternative fuels development. Selected projects for the EAR Program are in early stages of development, but each project must include a plan to identify and contact organizations that can support or conduct follow-on research to more fully develop the innovation with an eye to eventual implementation. For project TFPE-02 “Evaluation of the Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program”, RTI International was tasked to evaluate EAR program processes, the short-and long-term outputs, and the overall role of the EAR program in the transportation R&T ecosystem. Potential future activities for the EAR Program are also identified. A set of case studies provide more detailed assessments of EAR Program projects in three topic areas: cementitious materials, truck platooning, and video analytics.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $365488
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project TFPE 02

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

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

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Performing Organizations:

    RTI International

  • Principal Investigators:

    Gallaher, Michael

  • Start Date: 20200129
  • Expected Completion Date: 20220106
  • Actual Completion Date: 20220106

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01847461
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project TFPE 02
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: May 27 2022 12:45PM