Transportation Research Board -- Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) Programs

Funding Agency:
National Academies

IDEA programs fund research into promising but unproven innovations for highways, transportation safety, and transit.

The following three IDEA programs are active and receiving proposals: 

  • The NCHRP Highway IDEA program reviews proposals for funding twice a year. The deadlines for submitting proposals to these review cycles are March 1 and September 1 every year.
  • The Transit IDEA program reviews proposals for funding twice a year.  The deadlines for submitting proposals to these review cycles are May 1st and November 1st.
  • Rail Safety IDEA proposals for the next cycle are due September 15.

Note the current focus of the Rail Safety IDEA Program is only on innovative ways to improve railroad safety or performance.

Agency Website

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences

External Deadline

September 1, 2019