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NCHRP 2017 Annual Report (2017)

Chapter: Managing the Program

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Suggested Citation:"Managing the Program." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. NCHRP 2017 Annual Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24983.
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12 TRB is headquartered at the Keck Center of the National Academies, 500 Fifth St. NW, Washington, D.C. MANAGING THE PROGRAM The central role of NCHRP professionals Once research starts, administrative and technical over- sight of progress is performed by NCHRP staff. In-depth oversight by project managers with wide-ranging exper- tise is an important factor contributing to project success. In addition to reviewing monthly progress schedules and quarterly progress reports, the project managers main- tain frequent contact with the research contractors. They monitor the conduct of the research to ensure it is con- sistent with the approved research plan, and they consult with project panels for technical feedback on the con- tractor’s work. Project managers provide guidance to the research contractor’s principal investigator in all techni- cal and administrative matters. The principal investigator is responsible for managing the project budget consistent with the approved work plan, and in no case can the costs exceed the available budget. Any major changes to account for promising new research leads or unproductive lines of study must be approved in advance by NCHRP and the project panel and are authorized through a contract amendment. Con- tractor invoices are checked by the staff. Finally, the NCHRP project manager and panel evaluate the final re- search results to determine their acceptability and suit- ability for publication. Members of the panel for NCHRP Project 20-121, “State DOT Contributions to the Study, Investigation, and Interdiction of Human Trafficking.” From left: Terry Little, Tyra Redus, Megan Jensen, and Kathi Grasso.

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TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) has released its annual report. During 2017, NCHRP completed 170 research projects, published 60 research products, and approved 64 new and continuation projects. The report also presents detailed information about the operation of NCHRP.


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