Research Implementation – Outcomes from the EU/US Symposium

E.U. – U.S. Joint Research Symposium Series
- Symposium #2: Research Implementation
Dr. Kevin Womack
Associate Administrator
for Research and Technology
Office of the Assistant Secretary
for Research & Technology
U.S. Department of Transportation
July 2014
• Implementing Arrangement with
European Commission (DG-RTD) signed in
Feb 2013
• Four annual E.U. – U.S. research symposia
planned (2013 – 2016) in partnership with
European Commission and TRB
• Symposia series designed to facilitate
transatlantic research collaboration,
identify knowledge gaps, and potential
future joint research opportunities
• First symposium hosted by the U.S. in
May 2013: “City Logistics Research – a
Transatlantic Perspective”
2014 Symposium
• Topic: Research Implementation
• Hosted by the European Commission
in La Defense (Paris), France, on April
10-11, 2014
• 50 experts from academia, industry,
and government invited to attend the
two-day symposium (25 U.S., 25 E.U.)
• Two white papers developed to
inform symposium discussions:
– ‘Transportation research
implementation in the European
Union and the United States Observations and Working
– ‘Lessons learned from case studies of
successful research implementation in
Europe and the United States’
Session 1: Setting the Scene
– White paper summaries
– Keynote speech – Terry HILL, Arup
Breakout session 1: Stakeholder
perspectives on implementation
Session 2: Institutional incentives and
disincentives to successful
– Steve PHILLIPS, Sec. General CEDR
– Michael TRENTACOSTE (FHWA, Director
– Liam BRESLIN, European Commission
Session 3: Framing and conducting
research to insure implementation
– Jose VIEGAS (Sec.General ITF)
– Stephen ANDRLE (Dep. Director SHRP 2);
– Horst SCHULZE (German Federal Highway
Research Institute - BASt);
Session 4: Using research results in
effective ways
Luis López RUIZ (Director of Engineering and
Innovation ADIF)
Allen BIEHLER (Carnegie Mellon University)
Chris MARTIN (Robert Bosch Corporate
Natalia de ESTEVAN (Transport for London)
Breakout session 2: Identifying the
success factors
Session 5: From principles to practice
– Co-Chairs: Marit BRANDTSEGG & William
– Reports from Breakout Session 2
– Conclusive keynote address: Kirk STEUDLE
(TRB Executive Committee Chair);
– Concluding observations
• Two major obstacles in the research implementation process:
– “Valley of death” between research completion and research implementation
– Tracking research implementation and understanding its impacts – capturing
and articulating Return on Investment
• Institutional barriers to effective research implementation (e.g. legislative,
procurement, and Intellectual Property processes)
• Lack of ability to manage “risk”
• Three primary stakeholder groups tend to be isolated or “siloed”
(researchers, funders, end users)
• Fragmented nature of the U.S. transportation research universe
(compared to a more structured framework approach in the E.U.)
• Lack of incentives within academia to prioritize research implementation
• Lack of investment in basic and advanced research – how does this fit in
the research implementation process?
• Establish and maintain strong partnerships between stakeholder groups
(academia, funders, end users)
– Establish “culture of innovation”, beginning with leadership
– Identify and engage end users throughout the research process, not just at the end
– Provide incentives to the academic community to support research implementation
• Implement a systematic, long term approach to research funding and
implementation that supports basic, advanced, and applied research
• Pursue legislative, policy, IP, and procurement perform to remove the
institutional barriers to effective research implementation
• Delegate responsibility for research implementation to specific
organizations, or establish such organizations if they don’t already exist
• Provide resources to track research implementation and impacts
• Identify best practice models and facilitate their adoption elsewhere
– Every Day Counts, SHRP2, DARPA, EC Framework Programs, IDEA, etc
Next Steps
• Conference proceedings document to be
produced later this year – disseminate to
transportation community and obtain
• Further formal discussion at TRB Annual
Meeting 2015, building consensus for
future action items
• Assess the need for a “primer” on
research implementation – objectives,
content, audience
• Begin implementing action items in 2015
Questions / Comments?
Dr. Kevin Womack
Associate Administrator
for Research and Technology
Office of the Assistant Secretary
for Research & Technology
U.S. Department of Transportation
July 2014

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