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Office of Research, Development & Technology

January 5, 2024 Notice of Funding Opportunity: Research Initiative on Mobility Equity

$2.9 million to institutions of higher education to expand accessibility and mobility to underserved communities

December 13, 2023 Notice of Funding Opportunity: New Rural Autonomous Vehicle Research Program

$25 million funding opportunity for RAV research program. Accredited universities are eligible to apply for this competitive, six-year cooperative agreement program.

RD&T Annual Modal Research Plans (AMRPs)

Access current and archived AMRPs from all modes

U.S. DOT RD&T Strategic Plan (FY 2022-2026)

Building a Better Transportation Future for All

Research, Development and Technology Opportunities

Notice of Funding Opportunities, webinars and other R&D opportunities

Research Hub

Search our database of active and recently completed USDOT-sponsored RD&T projects

While many transportation research projects hold the potential to benefit multiple aspects of our transportation system, specific projects authorized by Congress are most commonly tied to one transportation mode. The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology (OST-R), among its other programmatic duties, is charged by Congress with coordinating research across DOT to ensure that the nation’s taxpayers obtain the best value possible for every investment that DOT makes in transportation research, development and technology (RD&T).

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:

In addition OST-R's Research Development and Technology (RDT) Office convenes a group called the RD&T Planning Team that brings together the research directors of each of DOT’s modal operating administrations. In addition to representatives of the Office of the Secretary, the members of this group include the research leaders of:

This cross-disciplinary technical forum at DOT has proven vital to all transportation modes, specifically in delivering resource efficiencies and accelerating sharing and deployment of new technologies. For more than a decade, this active and robust forum has identified opportunities for cross-modal teamwork and cooperation and reinforced the value of continuous interagency work.