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Research Programs

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) plays a key leadership role in sponsoring, sustaining, and guiding highway research. As a leader in the transportation research and technology (R&T) field, FHWA is working to improve its R&T program and to deploy innovations and technologies.

Managers and staff at the FHWA are responsible for R&T, particularly in functional areas that develop and set the R&T Agenda for that subject, focus, or program area. These functional areas reflect FHWA's mission, support strategic goals, and engage internal and external stakeholders.

To view further information about FHWA programs, click on the links below or use the navigation menu to the left.

Core Highway Programs and Topics

Cross-Topic Areas 

  • Automation
  • Big Data
  • Connected Vehicle Research Program
  • Data Security
  • National Security

Exploratory Advanced Research

  • General Exploratory Advanced Research
  • Connected Highway and Vehicle System Concepts
  • Breakthrough Concepts in Material Science
  • Human Behavior and Travel Choices
  • Technology for Assessing Performance
  • New Technology and Advanced Policies for Energy and Resource Conservation

Federal and Indian Lands


Innovative Program Delivery

Intelligent Transportation Systems


Planning, Environment, and Realty

  • Accelerating Project Delivery/Environmental Process
  • Air Quality Analytical tools and methods/Mobile Source Ari Toxics (MSAT)
  • Alternative Fuel Corridors/Electric Vehicles
  • Bicycle and Pedestrian/Multimodal
  • CMAQ (Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality)
  • Conformity
  • Connected/Autonomous Vehicles
  • Context Sensitive Solutions/Livability
  • Community Impacts (Public Involvement/Health/Environmental Justice/Civil Rights)
  • Economic Development
  • Fiscal Constraint and Financial Planning
  • Freight Planning
  • International and Border Planning
  • Metropolitan Transportation Planning
  • National Economic Networks
  • National Highway System
  • Noise
  • Outdoor Advertising and Junkyard Control Programs
  • Performance Based Planning and Programming
  • Realty
  • Resiliency and Adaptation
  • Safety Planning
  • Scenario Planning and Visualization
  • Statewide/Non-Metropolitan (rural) Transportation Planning
  • Sustainability
  • Travel Model Improvement Program
  • Tribal Lands
  • Federal Lands



Small Business Innovation Research

Updated: Tuesday, January 5, 2021