Chapter 3 - Program Development: National
3.2 – TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) is a unit of the National Research Council, a private, nonprofit institution that is the principal operating agency of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. TRB's mission is to provide leadership in transportation innovation and progress through research and information exchange, conducted within a setting that is objective, interdisciplinary, and multimodal. TRB fulfills this mission by providing opportunities for information exchange on current transportation research and practice, management of cooperative research and other research programs, analyses of national transportation policy issues and guidance on federal and other research programs, and publications and access to research information from around the world.
ODOT supports the efforts of TRB by actively serving on various committees and task forces. In addition, ODOT provides financial support to TRB’s Transportation Research Information Service (TRIS) and Research in Progress (RIP) databases. TRIS is the world’s largest and most comprehensive online bibliographic database of published and ongoing transportation research. RIP provides information on current or recently completed transportation research projects from federal and state transportation agencies, universities, and international organizations.
TRB also conducts annual field visits to each state DOT to exchange knowledge about research activities and findings. Each visit has two primary missions:
- to learn of problems facing the organization and to pass on information that may help solve these problems, based on the research experience of other states, industry, or educational institutions; and
- to learn of ongoing and prospective research activities, to inform organizations of any similar research that has been conducted or is under way, and to learn of new methods and procedures that might have application elsewhere.
During their visits, the TRB staff members also discuss TRB activities; identify candidates to serve on TRB committees, task forces, and panels; urge researchers to report on their work through papers for the TRB annual meeting and specialty conferences; and, finally, encourage implementation of appropriate findings.