FHWA 2018 Exploratory Advanced Research Program

Funding Agency:
Department of Transportation

Legislation established the Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program that addresses longer-term, higher risk research and strives to develop partnerships with public and private sector entities. FHWA identifies and scopes topics through extensive initial-stage investigation and engages national and international experts to assure use of the most recent advances in science and engineering. FHWA is moving forward with four topics that have a strong scientific and technical basis and national importance through the issuance of this BAA.

This program is intended to spur innovation and focus on higher risk and higher pay-off research. Exploratory advanced research bridges basic and applied research. In contrast to basic research, EAR Program funded research projects have a mission-orientation. In contrast to applied research, EAR Program funded research does not pursue a narrowly-defined application or product. Incremental advances and demonstrations or evaluations of existing technologies are not within the scope of this program. In terms of Technology Readiness Levels (TRL), the EAR Program focuses on moving research from TRL 2 or 3 to TRL 5 or 6.

FHWA is soliciting for proposals under its EAR Program for research projects that could lead to transformational changes and truly revolutionary advances in highway engineering and intermodal surface transportation in the United States. This program shall support scientific investigations and studies to advance the current knowledge and state-of-the-art in the sciences and technologies employed in the planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance and management of the nation’s highways. Strategically, this research will enable and expedite the development of revolutionary approaches, methodologies, and breakthroughs required to drive innovation and greatly improve the efficiency of highway transportation.

Deadline: Apr. 19, 2018

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

  • Topic 1: Mobil Ad Hoc Networks (MANETs)
  • Topic 2: Video Analytics
  • Topic 3: Artificial Realistic Data
  • Topic 4: Supplementary or Alternative Materials for Highway Pavements and Structures

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
Social Sciences

External Deadline

April 19, 2018