About the Transportation Pooled Fund Program


When significant or widespread interest is shown in solving transportation-related problems, research, planning, and technology transfer activities may be jointly funded by several federal, state, regional, and local transportation agencies, academic institutions, foundations, or private firms as a pooled fund study.

The Transportation Pooled Fund Program (TPF) has existed for more than 20 years. It is a popular means for State Department of Transportation (DOT), commercial entities, and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) program offices to combine resources and achieve common research goals. Pooling resources reduces marginal costs, and provides efficient use of taxpayer dollars. It also provides greater benefits to participating interests as compared to individual entities conducting or contracting for research of their own.

A federal, state, regional, or local transportation agency may initiate pooled fund studies. Private companies, foundations, and colleges/universities may partner with any or all of the sponsoring agencies to conduct pooled fund projects. TPF studies must be sponsored by either a State DOT or the FHWA. Within each State DOT and the FHWA, specified individuals are authorized to post a project solicitation on the TPF website. Typically, the authorized user is the AASHTO Research Advisory Committee member in the State DOT.

For more information on the Transportation Pooled Fund Program, go to:
Transportation Pooled Fund Program Homepage