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Research and Technology Innovation Life Cycle

Life Cycle 

The life cycle approach illustrates that research and technology development and delivery are not insular activities, but integrated processes that together constitute a system. For instance, the "give and take" of setting the national research agenda enables multiple programs with technologies developed and validated through laboratory experiments and field tests.

Some technologies are discarded for cost or performance reasons; however, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) actively promotes a select group of promising (priority) technologies to State and local transportation professionals. Many of these technologies will be deployed fully on a national scale based on field performance and stakeholder acceptance. Stakeholder acceptance and performance data are ultimately considered as new research agendas are developed at the Federal and State levels of government.

Innovation Life Cycle Phases

The Innovation Life Cycle

"Innovation life cycle illustrated by a circle. The center is "Stakeholder involvement". Five arrows surround it, pointing in the clockwise direction. The outer ring of the circle is surrounded by five sections labled - Agenda, Ongoing Research, Technologies, Deployment, and Impacts, With Agenda at the top, and each section going around the circle following the clockwise direction of the arrows."