The National Academies

NCHRP 20-44(28) [Pending]

Development of a Technology Transfer Plan for State Departments of Transportation Research Programs

  Project Data
Funds: $160,000
Contract Time: 24 months
Staff Responsibility: Sid Mohan

Several National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) research publications have identified best practices and strategies to communicate research results, and to engage with stakeholders, fellow researchers, and the general public. These include research publications such as NCHRP Synthesis 280: Seven Keys to Building a Robust Research Program, NCHRP Report 610: Communicating the Value of Transportation Research, NCHRP Synthesis 522: Managing State Transportation Research Programs, and NCHRP Synthesis 461: Accelerating Implementation of Transportation Research Results. The NCHRP research showed that it is generally a combination of approaches and strategies that foster success, and speed the implementation of research results and realization of research benefits. The research also noted that successful communication and marketing efforts link researchers and research results with their intended audience by strengthening the information flow throughout the research process.
There is, therefore, a need for the preparation of technology transfer materials, processes, and procedures to assist state research managers in developing marketing efforts appropriate for a state DOT research program, to develop alliances with other organizations to leverage available resources, to improve access to needed skills, and to enhance consensus building.
The objective of this research is to develop materials, processes, and procedures for a regional technology transfer program that would address the needs of the nine member states of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Research Advisory Committee (RAC) Region 3, to communicate recently completed research that could have regional interest. The member states of RAC Region 3 are: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
Contract award is anticipated in October 2020.

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