Purpose of Report

Purpose of Report

The Department of Transportation (DOT) Research, Development and Technology (RD&T) program fosters innovations leading to effective, integrated, and intermodal transportation solutions. Through RD&T, the Department anticipates and responds to changes in the complex transportation environment and stimulates innovations on behalf of the American public.

As stated in the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), RD&T is a basic Federal responsibility when:

  • It is of national significance.
  • There is a clear public benefit and private sector investment is less than optimal.
  • It supports a stewardship role in assuring the efficient use of Federal resources.
  • It presents the best means to support national policy goals.

The Department's RD&T Annual Funding Report describes actual and proposed funding for RD&T as required by SAFETEA-LU Section 5208(a). The programs included in this report meet the criteria listed above and support both DOT strategic goals and the RD&T strategies identified in the Department's Transportation RD&T Strategic Plan 2006-2010.1

This Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 edition of the RD&T Annual Funding Report consists of the following sections:

Section 2. A Department-wide overview of RD&T funding for the period FY 2006 through FY 2008.

Section 3. The RD&T funding in DOT's research-performing operating administrations.

Section 4. The Department's strategy for ensuring that RD&T programs are evaluated according to established best practices. 

Appendix A. Detailed 3-year funding tables for operating administration RD&T programs.

Appendix B. Operating administration support for DOT goals.

Appendix C. The RD&T strategies that will advance DOT strategic goals over the next 5 years.

Appendix D. The acronyms used in the report.

1 http://www.rita.dot.gov/publications/transportation_rd_t_strategic_plan/