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Implementation Assistance

Implementation Assistance Program

From 2007 to 2013, the Transportation Research Board (TRB) managed 100 research projects designed to address four critical areas: reliability, capacity, safety, and renewal of our transportation system. Once concluded, in 2013, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and AASHTO launched the SHRP2 Implementation Assistance Program (IAP) to deploy the most usable and relevant of these research outcomes, which are now referred to as “SHRP2 Solutions.”

The IAP was designed to assist Federal, state, and local transportation agencies in deploying the SHRP2 products by providing financial and technical assistance, facilitated workshops, training, equipment, and software. (See SHRP2 History for more background information.)

For each product, Implementation Planning Workshops were held with representatives of state, local, and Federal agencies, relevant private-sector firms, and subject-matter experts, to determine a clear description of the product, and its viability and opportunities for implementation. Goals and tactics as well as outreach and marketing activities were discussed. This information became the basis for the implementation rounds and framework noted below.

Overall, more than 63 products were selected; more than $155 million in funding support and technical assistance was provided to transportation agencies through seven implementation rounds; and more than 430 SHRP2 projects were conducted.

Illustration of SHRP2's Implementation Progress.
Implementation Assistance Options
Proof of Concept Pilot Lead Adopter User Incentive
Technical support is available for piloting products to evaluate readiness for widespread implementation. Technical and/or financial support is made available for early adopters to offset implementation costs and mitigate risks. Technical and financial assistance is available for implementation support activities.
Contractor support may be provided to recipients to collect data and evaluate the product. Recipients are required to provide specific deliverables designed to further refine the product and possibly “champion” the product to other states and localities. The incentives can be used to conduct internal assessments, build capacity, implement system process changes, organize peer exchanges, and offset other implementation costs.

 

Although the SHRP2 implementation has ended, limited future opportunities for assistance may be available on a case-by-case basis, as needs arise and funding permits. All SHRP2 products, however, are available for use at any time regardless of the availability of financial or technical assistance.

SHRP2 Solutions in Action
Implementation Assistance Program Round