National Cooperative Highway Research Program
A forum for coordinated and collaborative research, the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) addresses issues integral to the state Departments of Transportation (DOTs) and transportation professionals at all levels of government and the private sector. The NCHRP provides practical, ready-to-implement solutions to pressing problems facing the industry.
The NCHRP is administered by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) and sponsored by the member departments (i.e., individual state departments of transportation) of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Individual projects are conducted by contractors with oversight provided by volunteer panels of expert stakeholders.
NCHRP Report 750: Strategic Issues Facing Transportation, Volumes 1-6 examines global and domestic long-range, strategic issues and their implications for state departments of transportation. Each volume explores fields as varied as freight movement, climate change, technology adoption, sustainability, fuels and energy, and socio-demographics and explains how events and trends may shape the transportation system of 30-50 years in the future.
NCHRP's 2014 Summary of Progress highlights the more than 141 projects completed in 2014 and includes a listing of nearly 3,000 other projects undertaken by the program since 1962. The Summary of Progress also presents detailed information about the operation of NCHRP through the Standing Committee on Research of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.
On March 30 and 31, 2015, the AASHTO Standing Committee on Research met to select problems for the NCHRP's FY 2016 program. The program announcement and a solicitation for panel nominees will be released soon.
Evaluating Implementation of NCHRP Products: Building on Successful Practices identifies the four key elements to successful implementation: implementation leadership, buy-in, structural support and resources, and ready-to-use products. Ten case studies of selected NCHRP products highlight a range of effective approaches to implementation.
Information on all projects initiated under the NCHRP from its inception in 1962 through 1988 is included in NCHRP Web Document 7: Special Edition of Summary of Progress through 1988.
Unfunded CRP problem statements will be posted periodically as each program's fiscal year project selection is made.
Among the variety of methods the National Cooperative Highway Research Program uses to showcase the value of NCHRP research is a series of success stories titled Impacts on Practice. These brief case studies highlight how transportation agencies have put critical NCHRP research results to use nationwide in the following areas: