Chapter 1: Introduction

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Section 1: About This Manual

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The RTI Manual presents program policies and an overview of the technical research program of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). Managed by TxDOT Research and Technology Implementation Office (RTI), the program includes financial support for implementation of research results through the RTI Implementation Program.�

This manual:

  • describes the various programs and activities, how they are developed, and provides an overview of how they work,
  • describes the individuals and organizations involved in research and their overall responsibilities, and
  • describes the legal and policy issues involved in the program, such as authorizing legislation and Federal and state regulations

This manual supplements the provisions of Cooperative Research and Implementation Agreements (CRIAs) executed between TxDOT and Texas state-supported universities and university systems. By signing the CRIA, each university, or university system, agrees to abide by TxDOT procedures in the conduct of research and implementation projects. This manual provides the framework and policies under which those procedures are developed.

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