The new High Value Research projects submission website (formerly the Research Performance Measures (RPM) website) allows state agencies to submit selected research programs to enter it for the annual Sweet Sixteen contest. Each year, AASHTO’s Research Advisory Committee (RAC) selects four projects from each of its four regions to form a “Sweet Sixteen” group of high-profile and influential projects. Projects from that State selected with a Sweet Sixteen award will be invited to give a short five-minute presentation at the AASHTO RAC/TRB Representative Annual Meeting.
The work to develop this website was sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, and was conducted in the National Cooperative Highway Research Program, which is administered by the Transportation Research Board of the National Research Council.
The original RPM Toolbox was developed in 2006 by the Texas Transportation Institute in support of the NCHRP 20-63 project "Performance Measurement Tool Box And Reporting System For Research Programs And Projects."
Version 2.0 of RPM was developed in 2011 by ICF International along with the Institute for Transportation Research and Education at North Carolina State University in support of the NCHRP 20-63B project.
In November of 2016, the site was migrated to a new hosting provider, Amazon Web Services, supported by a new contractor iENGINEERING. The website was renamed HighValueResearch.org with its main purpose to be a portal to allow for state submissions of high-profile funded projects to be submitted for consideration of the annual Sweet Sixteen selection. The Performance Measurement and Reporting features have been disabled.
HVR was developed using the following software components: