Chapter 2: Program Overview

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Section 1: Research Program Overview

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Cooperative Research and Implementation Program

The Cooperative Research and Implementation Program (Research Program) is research and related efforts conducted by Texas state-supported universities and USGS. It focuses on technical transportation issues. Cooperation with applicable universities is reflected through close coordination between TxDOT and university researchers, and participation of the universities in the partial funding of some projects.

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Importance of the Research Program

The program is important to Federal Agencies because:

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  • the development and application of advanced technology, new knowledge and improved methods and procedures are critical to future FHWA service quality and operational cost-effectiveness,
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  • top-quality university researchers are available to help solve important transportation problems, and
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  • it assists the Federal Government in meeting needs created by growth and changing technologies,

The program is important to TxDOT because:

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  • the development and application of advanced technology, new knowledge and improved methods and procedures are critical to future TxDOT service quality and operational cost-effectiveness,
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  • top quality university researchers are available to help solve important transportation problems, and
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  • University students working on TxDOT research projects may be attracted to TxDOT careers upon graduation.

The program is important to Universities because:

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  • a continuing and adequately funded Research Program allows them to build and maintain a high- quality faculty and staff of researchers, and
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  • offers graduate students the opportunity to work on and learn from research projects.

The program is important to the State of Texas for the following reasons:

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  • contributes to the high quality of Texas transportation facilities and services,
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  • assists the state in meeting needs created by growth and changing technologies,
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  • ensures that transportation research funds are available to Texas universities to maintain the high quality of education at those institutions, and
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  • ensures that high quality transportation talent is available in Texas.
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Goals and Objectives of the Research Program

The goals and objectives for the Research Program is to deliver research and technology implementation that maintains a safe system and provides the most value to TxDOT and the state of Texas as follows:

Goals

Objectives

Research

Effectively manage research projects to deliver high value to TxDOT and the State of Texas

  • Drive project selection and oversight resulting in greater potential return and outcome
  • Focus deliverables on the path forward. Longer term efforts demonstrate promise for significant useful impact/Value of Research.
  • Coordinate National research efforts, leveraging project results where possible
  • Disseminate project information and results to TxDOT and the public
  • Coordinate test bed capability and initiate project experiments and tests with the State Universities
  • Oversee research that aids and affects policies and procedures

Implementation

Effectively manage implementation projects to deliver high value to TxDOT and the State of Texas

  • Establish and oversee the State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC)
  • Focus investments on what is important to the State of Texas and public needs
  • Oversee selection and drive valued implementations in and across Districts
  • Disseminate project information and results to TxDOT and the public
  • Oversee implementation that aids and affects policies and procedures

Collaboration

Build and maintain collaborative relationships with our partners

  • Establish and maintain long term cooperative and transparent relationships with State Universities, FHWA, TxDOT, and the public
  • Build upon outreach with Districts, FHWA, and State Universities
  • Conduct workshops to continuously improve processes

Delivery

Deliver to SPR requirements

  • Ensure funds are managed appropriately
  • Develop and maintain documentation to meet requirements of the program: Cooperative Research and Implementation Agreement (CRIA), Research Manual, SPR Part II Work Program, Annual Performance Expenditure Report, University Handbook, and Fiscal Year Program Book (as applicable).

Coordination

Coordinate effective program services

  • Provide knowledge transfer and technical assistance at the local municipalities
  • Facilitate product evaluations to leverage new technologies and enhanced materials and products


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