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NCHRP IDEA Program 1993 – 2010. Presentation to SCOR by Sandra Larson, P.E. December 10, 2010. IDEA Presentation Content. Origins of IDEA program NCHRP IDEA concept Eligibility Funding Inventor Benefits IDEA Metrics Product Development Successful IDEA project examples

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nchrp idea program 1993 2010

NCHRP IDEA Program1993 – 2010

Presentation to SCOR by Sandra Larson, P.E.

December 10, 2010

idea presentation content
IDEA Presentation Content
  • Origins of IDEA program
  • NCHRP IDEA concept
  • Eligibility
  • Funding
  • Inventor Benefits
  • IDEA Metrics
  • Product Development
  • Successful IDEA project examples
  • Future/Lessons Learned
origins of idea
Origins of IDEA
  • First started 1988 by SHRP Exec Comm- need for high-risk, high pay-off innovation
  • Popular program- passed to TRB / NCHRP in 1992. Support by Dean Carlson and Frank Francois
  • Funded jointly by FHWA / AASHTO
  • Fully funded by AASHTO in 1999
the nchrp idea concept
The NCHRP IDEA Concept
  • Early-stage funding for promising but unproven innovations for highway systems
  • Useful for state DOT research programs to have a place to send innovative, high risk proposals that otherwise could not be funded
  • Innovations that leap to next-generation technologies and methods
  • Investigator- driven, high risk- high pay-off research
eligibility for idea research funding
Eligibility for IDEA Research Funding
  • Anyone is eligible
  • Investigators initiate proposals
  • Eligible projects are of two types-
    • Type 1: Explorations that demonstrate the validity of unproven concepts
    • Type 2: Development and testing of prototypes of proven concepts
available funding
Available Funding
  • Funding is up to $150k / project
  • Cost sharing is highly encouraged
    • Direct cash contributions
    • Indirect contributions and payment in kind
    • Past 5 years, cost sharing value added 56%
  • 6 – 8 proposals are funded annually
product development
ProductDevelopment

IDEA #1

IDEA #2

Concept

Prototype

Evaluation

Development

Deployment

Application

TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD

OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES

more than monetary benefits for inventors
More than Monetary Benefits for Inventors
  • Partnership with potential users to test the innovation
  • Assistance and peer review by an expert IDEA committee
  • Assistance and peer review from project technical review panel
  • Wide exposure through TRB's home page and poster sessions at TRB’s Annual Meeting
  • Opportunity for further development through such programs as HFL, EAR, SBIR,TIG
idea metrics 1993 2010
IDEA Metrics 1993 - 2010
  • 1500 proposals have been received
  • From these, 150 awards have been made; Thus, only 10% are accepted for funding
  • 133 projects have been completed
  • 15% have graduated to commercialization and use in practice
  • Another 15% have great promise and are close to the goal
  • More details about these 39 successful projects in handouts
an example of what is currently cooking in the idea program nchrp idea project 141
An example of what is currently cooking in the IDEA ProgramNCHRP IDEA Project 141

Video

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Robotic Safety Markers (Dancing Barrels)An interesting project that may be a reality in near futureNCHRP-IDEA Project 90

Barrels video

“Goofs”

idea looking to the future
IDEA- Looking to the Future
  • Continue to look for ways to publicize the program and attract inventors to submit proposals
  • Continue to follow product development after project conclusion to document success stories
  • Continue to focus the program to meet the needs of the transportation industry
  • Continue to ask “Will we as the IDEA panel recognize what we are looking for?”
lessons learned
Lessons Learned
  • 30 % of the completed IDEA projects are successful
  • Examples of IDEA successes
    • NDE/NDT conference
    • Products we are using in our agencies