R&I responsibilities include the following:
- Encourage and assist other AASHTO committees and subcommittees to identify research needs, define research emphasis areas, and utilize research findings.
- Solicit research problem statements from the Member Departments, AASHTO committees, and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA); screen the submittals; prioritize them; and recommend annual programs of NCHRP for consideration by AASHTO’s Board of Directors.
- Monitor the Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) performance as program manager for the NCHRP.
- Monitor the NCHRP and make appropriate recommendations and reports to AASHTO.
- Review, observe, and encourage the effective use of research funding, and recommend appropriate funding levels.
- Serve as a forum, coordinating committee, and advocate for highway and other transportation research on behalf of AASHTO and its Member Departments.
- Review, monitor, and foster coordination of the various national programs of highway and other transportation research.
- Study and foster the role of industry in highway and other transportation research.
RAC responsibilities specifically identified by R&I include the following:
- Work with the AASHTO Member Departments to facilitate the development of research problem statements for consideration by R&I and incorporation into the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP).
- Participate in rating NCHRP problem statements each year and provide the results to R&I for its annual selection procedure.
- Undertake an organized program to identify ongoing and planned state-controlled research being sponsored by Member Departments.
- Provide advice and recommendations on transportation research matters to R&I.
- Serve as a resource to Member Department research managers regarding the conduct of research and technology transfer activities.
- Be an advocate for transportation research by promoting the value of research, the implementation of research results, the transfer of new technologies, and the benefits of peer exchanges.