The Transportation Pooled Fund (TPF) Program enables State departments of transportation (DOT), and other public and private entities, to combine resources to address transportation-related challenges. By combining efforts and resources on high-priority highway research topics, our Nation’s transportation agencies can advance solutions that stimulate economic growth, advance equity, and improve climate resilience.
Who Can Partner in a TPF Program?
Studies must be initiated and led by either the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).Find study
partners, the lead agency posts its proposed topic on the TPF Program website. In addition to State DOTs and FHWA, other Federal agencies, regional and
local agencies, academic institutions, professional associations, and private industry can join the study as partners by pledging funds or other resources.
Past studies have had as few as 2 participants, while others have attracted more than 40. Once a study is underway, the lead agency contracts for the research, administers the project, and convenes a technical advisory committee of representatives from each project partner. TPF Program studies have a maximum duration of 5 years. If the research needs to continue after the 5-year period, a new solicitation and project on the same topic can be generated.
Combine Resources and Share the Benefits
Collaboration between TPF Program participants eliminates duplicative research efforts, allowing for more efficient use of funds. Beyond its funding and administrative advantages, the variety of expertise and experience brought together for a TPF study can have a much broader impact. The TPF Program focuses on national-and regional‑related transportation research, planning, and technology transfer activities in a range of categories, including pavements, bridges, design, safety, administration, environment, security, and maintenance.