Chapter 7 - Technology Transfer
A successful technology transfer program requires input and cooperation from a variety of sources. Research products or findings are often difficult to extract from technical reports, to organize into an understandable format, and to implement quickly. Few individuals are willing, or have the time, to make this effort. To facilitate this process, representatives from the various sponsors and user organizations must be involved throughout the research process and, in this capacity, work with ODOT and the researchers to ensure that findings are presented in a way that provides maximum opportunity for implementation. Technology transfer responsibilities are outlined below.
- Innovation, Research and Implementation Section (IRIS): IRIS will provide overall administrative oversight of technology transfer activities.
- Program Office Administrators: Office Administrators will provide technical direction and oversight.
- Subject Matter Experts (SME): At the conclusion of each research project (or during the project, as appropriate) the SME will suggest research findings that should be implemented and recommend how, and in what form, they should be disseminated.
- Federal Highway Administration: FHWA will monitor projects and highlight findings that may have national significance.
- Material Industries, Contractors, Consultants, and Local Transportation Agencies: These groups who may benefit directly from a research project should be involved during the conduct of research to impart their experience and knowledge of the subject. Their involvement needs to be in the spirit of teamwork in extracting the most from the research and not in gaining any competitive advantage.
- Ohio Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) Center: The Ohio LTAP center is responsible for technology transfer activities aimed primarily at local public agencies. While emphasis is typically placed on the conveyance of well established and proven technologies, opportunities exist to conduct research in unexplored areas of particular interest to these agencies. The Ohio LTAP center works cooperatively with IRIS to identify these research needs and to develop methods to address them. In addition, the Ohio LTAP Center assist in the facilitation of Research Results Presentations to ensure local public agencies are aware of recently completed research.