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Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Participation in the Year of Open Science

U.S. DOT endorses the goals of the National Science and Technology Council Subcommittee on Open Science. DOT has already been sharing science results widely, and supports increased access to results whenever possible.

USDOT Research, Development and Technology Strategic Plan 2022-2026

Building a Better Transportation Future for All

Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success (ROUTES)

Find out how OST-R and ROUTES address disparities in rural transportation infrastructure

Research, Development and Technology Opportunities

Notice of Funding Opportunities, webinars, requests for information and other available opportunities.

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology (OST-R), works at the dynamic intersection of new and emerging technologies, transportation data, policy, research and all modes of transportation across the Department. Our mission is to facilitate the transformation of our transportation system–making it safer, more efficient, competitive, accessible and sustainable. To do this, we:

  • Advance innovation, technology development, and breakthrough knowledge
  • Facilitate research and multimodal research collaboration
  • Foster technology transfer through partnerships both within the Department and with other Federal agencies, academia and private entities
  • Provide decision makers with useful statistics and information of the highest quality and integrity 
  • Develop a skilled interdisciplinary transportation workforce for the nation

OST-R coordinates the Department’s research investment, oversees the development of Annual Modal Research Plans, and provides opportunities for research collaboration with public and private sector partners. 

Our Program Offices

Policy Topics

Research Programs and Activities


Research Tools


We also engage in complex issues related to the enabling technologies behind transportation’s future, like artificial intelligence, the 5.9Ghz “Safety Band” of spectrum for vehicle automation, the global positioning system (GPS), and the changing face of the transportation economy. 

Collaboration is our touchstone. We recognize and promote the collective talents of the Department, our university partners, and external stakeholders – we work to encourage private-public partnerships based on mutual support, cooperation and transparency.