Archives for May 31, 2016

Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Practice

NCHRP Interest Group-

Announcing new synthesis topics to be done by the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) under Project 20-05, Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Practice.  We have increased the consultant fee to $45,000.  Please note that the deadline for receipt of consultant letters of interest is close of business, Monday, August 15, 2016.

If you are interested in being considered as a consultant, please visit our website for further information, 

Note that consultant letters of interest must be submitted electronically through the portal at this web address- Letters of Interest Web Portal

The topics are as follows:

Project Number Project Title
NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 48-01 Practices for Preventing Roadway Departure Crashes
NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 48-02 Tack Coat Specifications, Materials, and Construction Practices
NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 48-03 Corrosion Protection for Extending Steel Bridge Service Life
NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 48-04 Staffing for Alternative Contracting Methods
NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 48-05 The Use of Trenchless Utility Pipe Installation and Replacement Techniques Under Highways to Minimize Traffic Disruption and Other Direct and Indirect Costs
NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 48-06 Integrated Transportation and Land Use Models
NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 48-07 Investment Prioritization Methods for Low Volume Roads
NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 48-08 Connected Work Zones – Integrating Technology into Work Zones, Vehicles, and Equipment to Improve Worker, Driver, Pedestrian, and Bicycle Safety
NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 48-09 Integration of Roadway Safety Data from State and Local Sources
NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 48-10 Survey of State Practices on Aggregate Quality Requirements for Pavements
NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 48-11 Practices in Two-way, Two-lane Traffic Control
NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 48-12 Inertial Profiler Certification for IRI Measurements
NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 48-13 Resilience in Transportation Planning, Engineering, Management, Policy, and Administration
NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 48-14 State of Practice of State DOTs and Metropolitan Planning Organizations in Analyzing Data for Managing Transportation Performance
NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 48-15 Determine the Value of Multimodal Projects Versus Added Capacity Highway Projects


Jon Williams

Program Director

IDEA and Synthesis Studies

Transportation Research Board of the

National Academies

500 Fifth Street NW

Washington DC 20001

Ph 202-334-3245
Fax 202-334-2081
Cell 202-607-6279

NIH submission tip from Meg Bouvier

TIP #4

Is your target clinical population represented on your planning committee?

If so, that’s a good thing—your target demographic will have a greater voice in the design of the project.

Up until a few years ago, most of you would have had representation of your target clinical population on your team. So for example, if you were conducting a study on Latinos, you might have had a project manager who was Latino in order to ensure community buy-in. That won’t cut it anymore. You now need representation on the planning committee. That’s a good thing—your target demographic will have a greater voice in the design of the project. So borrow the lessons from Community-Based Participatory Research and make sure your research subjects are represented on your planning committee—be they diabetics, African Americans, breast cancer survivors, sedentary individuals, parents of kids with ASD, thoracotomy patients, or any other research population.

Top Ten Universities for federal research

This graphic is interesting. Please note none of our technological research university peers is on this list.  source: ASEE

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Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment Initiative

see PIVOT notice — $12,000,000

The DOT hereby requests applications to result in awards to eligible entities to develop model deployment sites for large scale installation and operation of advanced transportation technologies to improve safety,efficiency, system performance, and infrastructure return on investment. These model deployments are expected to provide benefits in the form of:
– reduced traffic-related fatalities and injuries;
-reduced traffic congestion and improved travel time reliability;
– reduced transportation-related emissions;
– optimized multimodal system performance;
– improved access to transportation alternatives, including for underserved populations;
– public access to real time integrated traffic, transit, and multimodal transportation information to make informed travel decisions;
– cost savings to transportation agencies, businesses, and the traveling public; or
– other benefits to transportation users and the general public.

This competitive advanced transportation and congestion management technologies deployment grant program will promote the use of innovative transportation solutions. The deployment of these technologies will provide Congress and DOT with valuable real life data and feedback to inform future decision making.

The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) will host an Informational Session regarding this Funding Opportunity focused on the Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment Initiative. This session will be conducted as a virtual forum and will focus on specific topics to help potential applicants gather additional information and ask specific questions.

Participation in this session is not mandatory in order to submit an application under this solicitation. Potential applicants are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to gather information regarding this specific funding opportunity.


Grants from the Japan-United States Friendship Commission (JUSFC)

see PIVOT notice

The Commission is an independent federal agency established by Congress in 1975 to strengthen the US-Japan relationship through educational, cultural, and intellectual exchange. Its mission is to support reciprocal people-to-people understanding, and promote partnerships that advance common interests between Japan and the United States.

JUSFC Values
– Engage the next generation of US-Japan managers
– Support innovation
– Promote partnerships and collaboration
– Demonstrate the importance of the US-Japan relationship JUSFC

Funding Priorities
1) Exchanges and Scholarship
2) Global Challenges
3) Arts and Culture
4) Education and Public Affairs