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There are a number of places where unfunded research needs exist, such as the AASHTO Transportation and Environment Research Ideas (TERI) and the TRB Research Needs Statements (RNS) databases, in reports, and on various websites. The purpose of this site is to provide a place for unfunded research needs to be posted. 


Disclaimer: The inclusion of a research needs statement in the search results does not guarantee that the statement has been vetted by a group of expert peers, with the exception of results from the TRB Research Needs Statements (RNS) database, and confirmed as a valid research need. 

  • Some have been vetted and identified as a valid need, but have not yet been submitted to a funding program.
  • Some have been vetted and identified as a valid need but were not funded due to a variety of reasons, including: budget limitations, they did not meet the scope of a particular funding agency, they duplicate existing research,  they did not clearly demonstrate an understanding of the relevant research issues, etc. 
  • Some problem statements have not been vetted at all. 

Users of this search tool should conduct a thorough review of the research topic before taking action on any of the research needs statements identified through its use. If you are interested in one or more of the following research projects, click to view the details and send an email to the contact person listed under that project.

Search Help: The documents and links on this page (with the exception of content in the URL column that link to another website) can be searched using the search tool in the upper right corner of the screen. The needs posted below and in other places, such as those found in the AASHTO TERI and TRB RNS databases can be searchable through the Transportation Research Needs Google Custom Meta Search.​​​​​​​​ This meta search tool was developed for a number of reasons: 1) to foster collaboration between organizations with similar research needs, 2) to identify topics that can be submitted to funded research programs for consideration, and/or 3) to identify appropriate topics for academic research.

A guideline on how to make websites Google Custom Search-friendly is also available.

Use search box below to search for items listed under Unfunded and Partially Funded Research Needs projects. If search does not result in any findings, you may expand the search by using the main search box located at top right hand of page.


  
  
  
  
  
  
  
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Environment
  
2010
Non-Profit (AASHTO, TKNs, TRB, etc.)Transportation Research BoardView report
Pavements
  
2012
FederalFederal Highway AdministrationView Report
Safety and Human Factors
  
2016
Non-Profit (AASHTO, TKNs, TRB, etc.)The National AcademiesBuy book
Administration and Management
  
2015
Non-Profit (AASHTO, TKNs, TRB, etc.)Transportation Research Boardunfunded projectsAttachment
Administration and Management
  
2016
Non-Profit (AASHTO, TKNs, TRB, etc.)Transportation Research Boardunfunded projectsAttachment