Research program is mission-oriented and
supports NHTSA and DOT goals.
|• Specific goals and priorities for the next five years are
laid out in the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Rulemaking and
Research Priority Plan.
|• NHTSA's research programs support regulatory actions and
other initiatives that prevent thousands of fatalities and serious injuries
|• NHTSA research addresses clearly identified safety problems
and seeks new solutions that make maximum use of advanced technologies.
|• Research programs often involve cooperative efforts with
foreign governmental agencies, the automotive industry, and other
NHTSA research findings are frequently presented
to other NHTSA offices, thus ensuring critical internal review.
|• NHTSA research findings are frequently presented to the
public in a variety of formats, ensuring critical outside review.
|• NHTSA research results are presented in international forums
and are often the basis of actions taken by international bodies.
|• Investment decisions are based on competition and merit
review whenever possible.
Key research milestones are identified and
tracked in performance targets.
|• The NHTSA research program provides input for cost-benefit
studies of alternative solutions to safety problems.