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Innovation Development

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Innovations are well-researched, proven, and documented technologies, tactics, and techniques. They have been demonstrated in "real world" applications and can offer improved performance or effectiveness in Pennsylvania. The STIC is not a venue for unproven ideas, research, or new product testing. Once referred ideas are well-researched, documented, and proven, they may be resubmitted to the STIC for broader development and eventual deployment.

What Is The Difference Between An Idea And An Innovation?

An idea is an unproven, untested suggestion. An innovation is well-researched, proven, and documented. The mission of the STIC has always been to develop and broadly deploy existing innovations that are new to Pennsylvania. Submitted ideas that lack research and documentation are referred elsewhere, such as the PennDOT Research Program, the Transportation Quality Initiative, Quality Improvement Committee, or the PennDOT Materials Testing Lab.

How To Submit An Innovation

If you are interested in submitting an innovation for consideration, please email the STIC Management Team at The STIC Management Team will evaluate all submissions and assign innovations to the appropriate TAG, if the innovation makes sense for use in Pennsylvania.

How An Innovation Is Developed


The innovation development process has four phases.


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