DRISI FY 2020/21 Research Program Annual Report 

The Division of Research, Innovation, and System Information's (DRISI) online Research Program Highlights website will allow easy access for viewing quarterly content updates. This dynamic website will provide a overview of DRISI’s yearly activities and will be used to inform Caltrans, the California State Transportation Agency, the legislature, the State’s local agencies, academia, and other partners and stakeholders

Like most organizations, DRISI is always looking for ways to improve communication, transparency, and accountability. Research continues to be a necessary part of our organizational efficiency and effectiveness. At its core, the research process is about collaborating, connecting, learning, and communicating.  This website highlights a wide variety of research projects supporting Caltrans’ mission and goals.

Research Program Administration

DRISI manages a balanced, comprehensive portfolio of projects to address research and operational needs across Caltrans. The division seeks to take advantage of strategic collaboration opportunities by identifying public, academic, and private partnering solutions for conducting research. These partnerships leverage the dollars invested in present and future public infrastructure.

Research Program Funding

Pie Chart of Budget
  • Caltrans Functional Research
  • National Research Program
  • State Research Support Partnerships (Research Centers)
  • University Transportation Centers
  • Technology Transfer and Implementation
  • Roadside Safety Research (Crash Testing)  

National Research Programs

  • Transportation Research Board
  • Cooperative Research Programs
  • Transportation Pooled Fund Program
  • Caltrans Memberships

Research Program Development

DRISI engages the Caltrans Executive Board and three levels of committees in identifying research needs selecting research projects, and deploying and implementing research products. The Executive Board provides strategic direction and identifies department-level research priorities.

State Research Support Partnerships

Research Center
  • Advanced Highway Maintenance and Construction Technology Research Center
  • Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center Lifelines Program
  • Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology
  • Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways
  • University of California Pavement Research Center

University Transportation Centers

  • METRANS Transportation Center
  • Mineta National Transit Research Consortium
  • National Center for Sustainable Transportation
  • University of California Center on Economic Competitiveness in Transportation
  • University of California Transportation Center
  • The Mineta Consortium for Transportation Mobility
  • The National Center for Sustainable Transportation
  • The Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Center