Research and Development Unit
The Research & Analysis Unit oversees transportation-related research that investigates materials, operations, planning, traffic and safety, structures, human environments, natural environments, and more.
The Research & Analysis unit solicits, selects, and monitors all State Planning and Research-funded research projects, which are conducted primarily by state colleges and universities. More information on the State Planning and Research Program (SP&R) can be found on the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC) website.
How to Submit Your New Research Ideas
Please download the Research Needs submittal form below. Please E-mail, Fax, or Mail the approved document to Ms. Melvena Sams. In addition, please e-mail the document in an editable format (e.g., MS Word).
The research program for the upcoming Fiscal Year is underway. Thank you to all who have contributed your research ideas in the past. I thank you for your continued support of our Research program.
Dr. Mrinmay "Moy" Biswas, P.E.
About the Transportation Pooled Fund Program
When significant or widespread interest is shown in solving transportation-related problems, research, planning, and technology transfer activities may be jointly funded by several federal, state, regional, and local transportation agencies, academic institutions, foundations, or private firms as a pooled fund study.
To qualify as a pooled fund study, more than one state transportation agency, federal agency, other agency such as a municipality or metropolitan planning organization, college/university or a private company must find the subject important enough to commit funds or other resources to conduct the research, planning, and technology transfer activity. If a subject has been studied previously, the new study should provide new information that will complement or advance previous investigations of the subject matter.
A federal, state, regional, or local transportation agency may initiate pooled fund studies. Private companies, foundations, and colleges/universities may partner with any or all of the sponsoring agencies to conduct pooled fund projects.
More information on the Transportation Pooled Fund Program (TPF) projects can be found on the Transportation Pooled Fund (TPF) website.