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Ear program publishes updated research results.

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The Federal Highway Administration's Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program addresses the need for longer term, higher risk research with the potential for long-term improvements to transportation systems. In February, FHWA published EAR Program Research Results: Updated through 2016 (FHWAHRT-17-021), a catalog documenting the output of the program's investments in five areas where changes in science and engineering can dramatically lead to making the highway system safer, more durable, and more efficient.

The publication is organized using these investment areas: (1) connected highway and vehicle system concepts, (2) breakthrough concepts in materials science, (3) human behavior and travel choices, (4) technology for assessing performance, and (5) new technology and advanced policies for energy and resource conservation. Through 8 solicitations, the EAR Program has awarded 79 projects involving both government and academic researchers. These projects represent the investment of $76 million in FHWA funds and leverage $28 million in matching funds.

The results of these projects may lead to new research methods, models, or data that can accelerate applied research or new system concepts or prototypes, including laboratory testing or limited field testing. The EAR Program does not fund projects through commercialization or deployment. Rather, results must be taken up by the research community, with the support of other funding sources. FHWA is committed to transitioning the results of EAR Program-funded projects from the lab to real-world applications and takes an active role in demonstrating results to audiences who are critical to continuing the research and development cycle.

For more information, visit The report is available at

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Title Annotation:Technical News
Publication:Public Roads
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 1, 2017
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