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International Collaborations

The Office of Research, Development and Technology engages in international research collaboration leveraging knowledge through complementary research, pooling of international funds to address global transport challenges, and conducting demonstrations in the United States and Europe.

Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories (FEHRL)

The first platform with the Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories (FEHRL) is a formal association with the Belgian-based group of highway research laboratories. FEHRL is comprised of 29 European laboratories.


In 2013, FEHRL and FHWA conducted a scan of infrastructure research facilities in the United States to develop an agenda of research needs that was the basis for the Infravation program. 

Infravation (a portmanteau of Infrastructure and Innovation), was a multinational pooled-fund program where participants from 11 countries, including FHWA and the European Commission (EC), came together and created a unique opportunity for international research teams to submit joint proposals. There were 103 proposals submitted and only 9 projects funded; 7 had U.S. team members and 2 of the these were led by U.S. entities. 


Twinning is a term used when conducting complementary research projects with no exchange of funds. The objective is to raise the quality and level of deliverables by leveraging knowledge. As part of the European Commission Horizon 2020 Framework Program, which ran from 2014 through 2020, there were seven twining projects; four were on cooperative driving automation; two dealt with pavement and construction topics, and a final was on urban freight delivery.

International Transportation Pooled Fund Program

The Transportation Pooled Fund Program (TPF) is an online, on-demand platform administered by FHWA. This platform for highway research collaboration allows any country with a treaty in good standing with the United States to participate. For example, the Aurora Transportation Pooled Fund project is an international program collaborative in the field of road and weather information systems (RWIS) included funding from Sweden and Canada.