Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Research, Technology & Education (RT&E) Program
FY 2012 Budget Request Overview


For FY 2012, the FHWA is requesting $951 million. Of this amount, $384 million is for FHWA's core RT&E program, $257 million is for programs administered by the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), and the remaining $310 million includes such items as $206 million for the State Planning and Research Program and $100 million for the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Wireless Innovation Fund (WIN) Initiative, which are funded outside of the SAFETEA-LU Title V.

This request will enable FHWA to address current issues, emerging challenges and provide information for policy decisions. The program will conduct, sponsor, sustain, and guide highway research to develop and deliver innovation.

FHWA RT&E Program

Highway Research & Development Program (HRD): $200M

Conduct research and development activities associated with safety, infrastructure preservation, environmental mitigation and streamlining, operations, livability, innovative program delivery solutions, and policy. Although there are requests for funds related to each of 6 major program areas, programming of funds will be guided by multi-year roadmaps that establish research and development priorities.

  • Safety: $25M
    • o   Research focuses on research and development activities aimed at supporting comprehensive and sustainable safety programs.
  • Infrastructure: $75M
    • o   FHWA conducts problem-focused research, development, and communications outreach activities to preserve the existing investment in our Nation's highway infrastructure and to build for the future through the application of advanced technologies that improve infrastructure integrity.
  • Planning & Environment: $35M
    • o   Activities in this program area include carrying out short and long-term livability initiatives to improve project delivery and enhance communities that are impacted by surface transportation projects; developing comprehensive strategies to minimize the impact of transportation investment on the environment; and adjusting to changing climate conditions.
  • Operations: $25M
    • o   Conduct research on the application of cutting-edge technologies to move people and goods better, quicker, and safer.
  • Policy: $18M
    • o   Conduct analysis on emerging issues, such as climate change, public-private partnerships, highway revenues, performance measurement, and authorization. Policy initiatives include the International Highway Transportation Outreach Program
  • Next Generation Research & Technology: $22M
    • o   Lead a nationally-coordinated highway research and technology program; operate the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center as the Federally-owned leader in Highway innovation; and conduct longer-term, higher-risk research with the potential for dramatic breakthroughs in surface transportation.

Technology & Innovation Deployment Program (TIDP): $144M

Conduct testing, evaluating, and accelerating the delivery and deployment of technologies. This program includes deployment activities for Future Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) implementation, Highways for LIFE, Every Day Counts, and deployment and delivery of innovations developed through the HRD program. Unlike the HRD program, there are no program-area allotments. The TIDP is designed specifically to enable FHWA to more aggressively fill the critical need to turn research products into proven technologies or demonstrate practices, identify the market forces that will influence successful technology and innovation deployment, and plan and deliver effective communication to promote rapid adoption of proven, market-ready technologies and innovations to States, local jurisdictions, and industry.

Training & Education Program (T&E): $40M

Train the current and future transportation workforce; transferring knowledge quickly and effectively. This includes the National Highway Institute, Local/Tribal technical Assistance Programs, Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program, and the Garret Morgan Technology and Transportation Futures Program. T&E also includes a new initiative, the Surface Transportation Workforce Development Centers Program, which will establish five Centers at institutions of higher education.

Related Programs

State Planning and Research Program (SP&R) Part II: $206.4M

With the reconfiguration of Federal-aid formula programs presented in this budget, funding for this program would come from a 2% set-aside from state apportionments for the Highway Infrastructure Performance Program, the Flexible Investment Program, the Highway Safety Improvement Program, and the Livable Communities Program. States must allocate a minimum of 25 percent of their SP&R apportionment for research, development, and technology (SP&R Part II). SP&R Part II activities involve research on new areas of knowledge; adapting findings to practical applications by developing new technologies; and the transfer of these technologies, including the process of dissemination, demonstration, training, and adoption of innovations by users. The SP&R program is intended to solve problems identified by the states.

Surface Transportation Revenue Alternatives Office: $20M

The proposed office will lead a phased research and demonstration effort to analyze a range of revenue-generation alternatives with the potential to replace the petroleum-based system currently used to fund surface transportation programs. The office, guided by a Policy Decision Group consisting of a wide range of stakeholders, will deliver a program that includes a broad agenda of research, outreach, system design and field trials. The program will develop a study framework defining the desired functionality of preferred alternative revenue generation systems, as well as a communications effort designed to increase public and stakeholder awareness and understanding regarding the relevant issues. In addition, it will include the development of a concept of operations for the preferred scheme(s) and development of high-level system architectures, interoperability standards and communication protocols, and equipment standards. Field trials to demonstrate and test the capabilities of interest will also be covered under this program.

Crosswalk of Consolidated Highway Programs*

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Crosswalk of Consolidated Highway Programs diagram

* Not every eligibility under an old program is continued in a new program.

** No comparable eligibility in new program structure.

Budget Authority

(in thousands of dollars)

FY 2012
Pres. Bud.
FY 2012
FY 2012
Research, Technology & Education Program        
(A) Surface Transp. Research, Development & Deployment 183,634      
A. Highway Research and Development 1/ 183,634 200,000 176,000 24,000
Safety: 14,609 25,000 22,000 3,000
Safety 7,491      
Safety (T) 7,118      
Infrastructure: 71,266 75,000 66,000 9,000
Pavements 33,069      
Pavements (T) 1,316      
Structures 26,340      
Structures (T) 1,079      
Long-Term Pavement Performance 8,834      
Long-Term Pavement Performance (T) 628      
Planning and Environment 20,921 35,000 30,800 4,200
Planning, Environment, and Realty 18,684      
Planning, Environment, and Realty (T) 2,237      
Operations (Highway Operations): 8,999 25,000 22,000 3,000
Highway Operations 6,405      
Highway Operations (T) 2,594      
Policy: 1,215 18,000 15,840 2,160
International Outreach 1,215      
Next Generation Research & Technology (Corporate): 35,418 22,000 19,360 2,640
Exploratory Advanced Research 12,221      
Exploratory Advanced Research (T) 869      
Corporate R&T 20,845      
Corporate R&T (T) 1,483      
Modal Research: 31,206 0 0 0
OST, RITA, FMCSA, NHTSA & PHMSA 31,206      
B. Technology and Innovation Deployment Program (T) 1/ 0 144,000 0 0
(B) Future Strategic Highway Research Program-SHRP II 1/ 49,095 0 0 0
Future Strategic Highway Research Program-SHRP II 31,912      
Future Strategic Highway Research Program-SHRP II (T) 17,183      
C. Surface Transportation Revenue Alternatives Office 0 20,000 2,000 16,000
Surface Transportation Revenue Alternatives Office   18,000    
Surface Transportation Revenue Alternatives Office (T)   2,000    
D. Training and Education 24,965 40,000 0 0
National Highway Institute (T) 8,668 14,000    
Local Technical Assistance Program (T) 10,022 16,000    
Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program (T) 1,129 2,750    
Garrett Morgan Program (T) 1,693 1,250    
Transportation Education Development Pilot (T) 790 2,075    
Freight Planning Capacity Building (T) 1,986 900    
Surface Transportation Congestion Relief Assistance Program (T) 677 775    
Surface Transportation Workforce Development Centers (T) 0 2,250    
E. Intelligent Transportation System Wireless Initiative (WIN) 0 100,000 0 0
National Wireless Initiative (WIN)(T) 0 100,000 0 0
F. Intelligent Transportation Systems 4/ 102,850 110,000 96,100 0
ITS Multi-modal Research - Applications: 34,809 66,221 66,221  
ITS Multi-modal Research Technology: 12,325 11,175 11,175  
ITS Multi-modal Research Policy: 3,053 4,000 4,000  
Exploratory Research: 550 2,000 2,000  
Other ITS Research: 28,022 2,704 2,704  
Technology Transfer and Evaluation: 14,702 13,900    
ITS Program Support: 7,280 5,500 5,500  
G. Competitive University Transportation Center (UTC) 73,772 72,000 0 0
1. University Transportation Research (T) 73,772 72,000    
H. Multimodal Innovative Research Program 4/ 0 20,000 10,000 10,000
Multimodal Research and Technology 0 20,000 10,000 10,000
Multimodal Research and Technology (T) 0      
I. UTC Multimodal Competitive Research Grants 4/ 0 20,000 10,000 10,000
UTC Competive Research Grants 0 20,000 10,000 10,000
UTC Competitive Research Grants(T) 0      
J. State Planning and Research (SPR) 2/ 182,985 206,398 156,202 21,300
1. State Planning and Research (SPR) 157,367 177,502 156,202 21,300
2. State Planning and Research (SPR) (T) 25,618 28,896    
K. Administrative Expenses 18,740 18,932 14,327 1,954
1. Administrative Expenses 16,116 16,281 14,327 1,954
2. Administrative Expenses (T) 2,624 2,651    
Subtotal, Research and Development 453,048 547,883 464,629 83,254
Subtotal, Technology Investment (T) 182,992 403,447    
Subtotal RD&T Programs 636,040 951,330 464,629 83,254
Add: Bureau of Transportation Statistics 27,000 35,000    
Less: Adjustment of BTS Obligation Authority to Contract Authority        
Less: Adjustment of Contract Authority to Obligation Authority        
Less: Administrative Expenses -18,740 -18,932    
Less: State Planning and Research (SPR) -182,985 -206,398    
Less: Future Strategic Highway Research Program-SHRP II -49,095      
Less: Surface Transportation Revenue Alternatives Office   -20,000    
Less: Intelligent Transportation Systems National Wireless Initiative (WIN)   -100,000    
Total Title V Programs 3/ 412,220 641,000    


1/ All Highway Research and Development (HRD) Technology or "T" programs are now funded from the Technology and Innovation Deployment Program (TIDP). The TIDP also includes funding for the Future Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2), which was shown separately in previous budget requests, and Highways for Life-type activities. SAFETEA-LU program categories are in paranthesis [(A) & (B)].

2/ Title 23 USC 505(b) requires State DOT's to expend no less than 25 percent of their annual SPR funds on RD&T activities. Total SPR funding represents 2 percent of apportioned programs.

3/ In the absence of authorizing legislation for the Federal-aid Highway Program in FY 2012, the amounts in the exhibit are only estimates.

4/ Details for this program are contained in the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) FY 2012 budget.