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49 U.S. Code § 6311 - Research and development grants

The Secretary may make grants to, or enter into cooperative agreements or contracts with, public and nonprofit private entities (including State transportation departments, metropolitan planning organizations, and institutions of higher education) for—
investigation of the subjects described in section 6302(b)(3)(B)(vi);
research and development of new methods of data collection, standardization, management, integration, dissemination, interpretation, and analysis;
demonstration programs by States, local governments, and metropolitan planning organizations to coordinate data collection, reporting, management, storage, and archiving to simplify data comparisons across jurisdictions;
development of electronic clearinghouses of transportation data and related information, as part of the Library; and
development and improvement of methods for sharing geographic data, in support of the database under section 6310[1] and the National Spatial Data Infrastructure developed under Executive Order 12906 (59 Fed. Reg. 17671) (or a successor Executive Order).

[1]  So in original. Probably should be “section 6309”.
Editorial Notes
References in Text

Executive Order 12906, referred to in par. (5), is Ex. Ord. No. 12906, Apr. 11, 1994, 59 F.R. 17671, which is set out as a note under section 1457 of Title 43, Public Lands.

Statutory Notes and Related Subsidiaries
Effective Date

Section effective Oct. 1, 2012, see section 3(a) of Pub. L. 112–141, set out as an Effective and Termination Dates of 2012 Amendment note under section 101 of Title 23, Highways.