Research Program

GHSA selects and monitors projects under a highway safety research program chartered by the U.S. Congress. The program, the National Cooperative Research and Evaluation Program (NCREP), began in Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2014 and currently receives $3.5 million annually.

Projects financed through FFY 2014-2017 federal funds (and a few in subsequent years) are administered by NHTSA with assistance from the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center.

Beginning in FFY 2018, the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine’s Transportation Research Board (TRB) facilitates most new projects through the Behavioral Traffic Safety Cooperative Research Program (BTSCRP). The name of the program was changed to BTSCRP to clarify its purpose and to distinguish it from other TRB research programs. However, the funding source and objective of the program remains the same.

As research results are intended to help State Highway Safety Offices enhance their programs, GHSA encourages states to submit potential research project problem statements each year. The GHSA Research Committee monitors and facilitates the program. At the staff level, the program is supported by the GHSA Executive Director, Programs and Member Services Director, and communications staff.

What's New?

  • Support the newly selected projects by serving on a panel as a subject matter expert or a GHSA Monitor (SHSO employees only; Email to share your interest). Please review the panelist and project information. The deadline for applying to be a panelist is July 26, 2024.
  • Research problem statement submissions for FY 2025 are no longer being accepted. The FY2026 open submission period will be in late 2024. To make sure you are notified, email a request to Kerry Chausmer.
  • Watch this four-minute video to learn how to submit a research problem statement.

Read the BTSCRP 2023 Annual Report

Read the BTSCRP 2022 Annual Report