Resources and Databases
TRB maintains a number of databases and other resources designed to help researchers identify existing, ongoing, needed, and potential areas for funding of research in all the fields of transportation. TRB also has a physical library and produces webinars and recorded sessions that are available for download.
Webinars and Conference Recordings
TRB webinars provide transportation professionals a conference-like atmosphere to share and receive information, while remaining in the comforts of their own offices. TRB uses webinars to share information about upcoming TRB reports, previous sessions from our Annual Meeting, and topics requested by TRB committees.
Research in Progress (RiP) database
The Research In Progress (RiP) database contains more than 8,400 current or recently completed transportation research projects. Most of the RiP records are projects funded by federal and state departments of transportation. University transportation research is also included. The RiP Database now serves as a clearinghouse of University Transportation Centers ongoing research. The RiP website includes data-entry system to allow users in State Departments of Transportation, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and University Transportation Centers to add, modify and delete information on their current research projects.
Research Needs Statements (RNS) database
An important function of the Transportation Research Board is to stimulate research that addresses concerns, issues, or problems facing the transportation community. In support of this function, TRB Technical Activities Division standing committees identify, develop, and disseminate research need statements for use by practitioners, researchers, and others.
TRID, the TRIS and ITRD database
TRID is a newly integrated database that combines the records from TRB's Transportation Research Information Services (TRIS
) Database and the OECD's Joint Transport Research Centre’s International Transport Research Documentation (ITRD
) Database. TRID provides access to over 900,000 records of transportation research worldwide.
Practice-Ready Papers (PRP) database
Each year standing committees in the Technical Activities Division identify peer-reviewed papers that could be of potential interest to practitioners as practice-ready. Practice-ready papers are defined as those in which the research results presented and discussed make a contribution to the solution of current or future problems or issues for practitioners. Information presented in these papers is ready for immediate implementation or requires minimal additional research or implementation effort.
Transportation Research Thesaurus (TRT)
The Transportation Research Thesaurus (TRT) is a tool designed to improve the indexing and retrieval of transportation information. The thesaurus covers all modes and aspects of transportation. The TRT's purpose is to provide a common and consistent language between producers and users of transportation information.
The TRB Online Directory allows you to browse or selectively search through TRB's committee structure to find detailed information on committees, including committee scopes, committee membership rosters, and links to committee homepages. Included in the directory are standing committees, project-based committees, and TRB governing committees.
The TRB Library is the primary archive for publications of the Transportation Research Board, Highway Research Board, Strategic Highway Research Program, and the Marine Board. The library was founded in 1946 to provide information services to TRB staff, sponsors, TRB committees and panels, and researchers.
TRB's Funding Sources for Transportation Research: Competitive Program is designed to help researchers identify potential organizations where they may ubmit research statements to obtain funding.