FYI- I noticed on the Transportation Research Board website information about a program that funds innovation research. See links for more info.
IDEA programs fund research into promising but unproven innovations for highways, transportation safety, and transit. The annual Program Announcement provides information about the programs and includes instructions for preparing and submitting proposals and Proposal Submission Forms. Annual progress reports that describe current and completed projects are published for each program. The programs are described below.
NCHRP Highway IDEA, Highway Reliability IDEA, and Safety IDEA proposals for the next cycle are due March 1, 2011. Transit IDEA proposals for the next cycle are due April 1, 2011.
Kathleen Pagan, AICP, Sr. Planner, 352-374-5249
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