National Multimodal Cooperative Freight Research Program

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will establish a national cooperative freight transportation research program (Program), administered in collaboration with the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). NAS will establish an advisory committee to recommend a national research agenda on improvements in the efficiency and resiliency of freight movement, including adapting to future trends such as zero-emissions transportation. NAS may award research contracts or grants under the Program.

DOT shall establish the Program by November 15, 2022, and publish annual reports describing the ongoing research and findings. Funding will be made available each fiscal year until November 15, 2026, and will remain available until expended for this Program.

(Reference Public Law 117-58 and 49 U.S. Code 702)