Building a Foundation for Effective Technology Transfer through Integration with the Research Process: A Primer

This primer aims to increase the effectiveness of technology transfer (T2) activity in transportation by describing how T2 practices can be successfully integrated into the research process to capture the potential real-world benefits of the community’s research investment. This primer’s agenda can be summarized as follows: Purpose: To help the transportation research community facilitate effective technology transfer by providing an overview of the activities that are required to transfer most kinds of research results. Audience: Research program directors and others at the executive level in research organizations, research project managers and their supervisors, researchers, and others in the research community. Scope: T2 activities centered on a particular research and development (R&D) project, often defined by a single statement of work or objectives, as opposed to program-level activities that support multiple projects. The emphasis is on applied R&D, though the principles and concepts apply to basic R&D as well. In pursuing this agenda, the primer draws heavily on three recent Transportation Research Board (TRB) publications: Accelerating Implementation of Transportation Research Results, National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis 461; Guide to Accelerating New Technology Adoption through Directed Technology Transfer, NCHRP Report 768; and Transport Research Implementation: Application of Research Outcomes, Summary of the Second EU-U.S. Transportation Research Symposium, TRB Conference Proceedings 51.

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    Volpe National Transportation Systems Center

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    Department of Transportation

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  • Authors:
    • Cuddy, Matthew
    • LaFrance-Linden, Dawn
    • Berthaume, Andrew
    • Navarro, Santiago
  • Publication Date: 2016-3


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 20p

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  • Accession Number: 01594685
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-VNTSC-OSTR-16-02
  • Contract Numbers: ORC3A1
  • Created Date: Mar 22 2016 2:47PM