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DOT Research Clusters

The Department of Transportation's (DOT) research clusters promote information sharing among the hundreds of DOT -funded researchers within DOT headquarters and across the nation. DOT spends $1.2B annually on research, development and technology activities. The research clusters, along with other transportation research collaboration tools, can be accessed any time at www.transportationresearch.gov.

Identified by DOT's RD&T Planning Team, comprised of each mode's senior research professional, clusters:

  • Define a set of common areas of scientific research that cut across modes and support DOT strategic goals
  • Provide a nexus around which DOT-funded researchers including University Transportation Centers connect to share ideas, project pursuits, issues and lessons learned about a specific research topic(s)
  • Provide points of interest for consultation, connection, facilitation, coordination and collaboration on research activities
  • Are dynamic, flexible clusters in order to meet current and evolving research needs in the context of the Departmental Strategic Plan and its RD&T Strategic Plan

The cluster areas include:

Data Driven Decision Making - shares cross-modal activities and advances to improve the information used for policy, regulatory and other federal transportation activities (TRIS Search Results)

Economics - promotes the research technologies and information sources that best help the Department in addressing lifecycle and other key transportation economics issues and topics (TRIS Search Results)

Energy Sustainability - supports activities to develop and deploy next generation fuels as well as promote conservation and other innovations (TRIS Search Results)

Human Factors - focuses on the human interactions with infrastructure and conveyances that operates over them (TRIS Search Results)

Infrastructure & Materials - promotes cross-modal awareness of issues, topics and innovations affecting modes of transport and the conveyances that operates over them (TRIS Search Results)

Livability - supports awareness and cooperation to increase choices for transportation users, provide affordable access to employment centers and other destinations, and enhance economic opportunities and quality of life for all Americans (TRIS Search Results)

Risk-Based Analysis to Address Safety Issues - shares cross-modal activities and advances to improve the safety of the nation's transportation systems (TRIS Search Results)

Modeling and Simulation - supports awareness and cooperation on current data technologies to project future needs and trends as well as address emerging issues (TRIS Search Results)

Multimodal Intelligent Transportation Systems - focuses on enabling safe, interoperable wireless connectivity between vehicles , conveyances, infrastructure and passengers' devices to support safety, mobility and environmental enhancements (TRIS Search Results)

Policy Analysis - shares cross-modal activities and advances to improve the information used for policy, regulatory and other federal transportation activities (TRIS Search Results)

Positioning, Navigation & Timing - promotes the research that best supports DOT as it leads the federal civilian agency efforts and cooperates with DoD on these important support services to GPS and similar technologies (TRIS Search Results)

System Resilience and Global Logistics - focuses on recovery from natural and other disasters as well as freight issues and concerns (TRIS Search Results)

Transportation Implications For an Aging Population and Those with Special Needs - addresses the research needs, issues and topics affecting these population segments (TRIS Search Results)

Travel Behavior - promotes cross-modal awareness of issues, topics and innovations affecting how people choose their travel and travel patterns (TRIS Search Results)