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The Federal Highway Research Institute - BASt – is a research institute of the Federal Transport Ministry and has the task of promoting the development of the road sector. With this aim in mind it provides scientifically verified support to the Ministry in decisions on technical issues and transport policy.

BASt conducts its own research to satisfy this function as well as coordinating and supervising research projects and analysing the results.

Research funding

The federal government supports projects of special interest. BASt publishes current funding calls on individual programmes which it supervises.


  • Improving and increasing efficiency of construction and maintenance and improving reliability of road infrastructure
  • Improving efficiency of the road transport system
  • Improving road safety
  • Improving environmental friendliness of road construction and road transport
  • Strengthening resilience of the road transport system
  • Strengthening technological progress in the road transport system

Research lines

  • Reliability of road infrastructure
  • Sustainable road infrastructure
  • Improving resilience of the road transport system
  • Ensuring availability
  • Holistic view of the road surface
  • Road condition determination and evaluation
  • Resource-saving and environmentally friendly road construction
  • Innovations in road construction
  • Vehicle automation
  • Connected mobility
  • E-Mobility
  • Increasing freight traffic - measures for a sustainable road infrastructure
  • Road transport and environmental protection
  • Maintaining and optimizing road performance
  • Design and equipment of safe roads
  • Improve vehicle safety
  • Social change and behavior in traffic
  • Behavior change of road users
  • Safety of pedestrians, cyclists and physically weaker road users