Office of Research, Development & Technology Programs and Activities
In addition to overseeing Research Coordination across the Department’s many modal administrations and programs, OST-R’s Office of Research, Development and Technology (RDT) manages the following programmatic activities:
USDOT Research Hub: The USDOT Research Hub provides project-level research information for all Department-funded research. This critical information is used to foster research coordination and collaboration, promote excellence in research management, and increase RD&T transparency within the Department, with the public and external stakeholders. The Research Hub meets the FAST Act requirement for maintaining a Consolidated Research Database and is used to track compliance with the Department’s Public Access Plan. Learn more.
Research Grants Management: University Transportation Centers (UTCs): RDT manages and ensures proper execution of grants allocated to university consortia selected to receive UTC grants.
The UTC program’s mission is to advance transportation expertise and technology in the many disciplines of transportation through education, research, and technology transfer at university-based consortia (view map). The current authorization for the UTC Program is the FAST Act, sec. 6016 (49 USC 5505). Learn more.
Technology Transfer (T2) Program: The Technology Transfer Program activities focus on leveraging the Department’s research products to facilitate commercialization and subsequent “real world” benefits. The program works with all of the OAs to assist them in understanding and implementing best practices in research product development and deployment and in building technology transfer mechanisms into research planning early in the process. The program supports OST-R’s overall RD&T coordination mission. Learn more.
Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) and Spectrum Management Program: RDT's PNT program serves as the designated lead for Federal civil agency Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) requirements and architecture development; and ensures the protection of the Global Positioning System (GPS) and other PNT- and spectrum-based safety-of-life transportation capabilities from harmful interference. Learn more.