Research and development are actually part of the "development" focus area associated with the agency’s result-oriented management processes. The basis for the development of programme areas and individual programmes can also be found in the National Transport Plan and other governing documents adopted by the authorities.

Research and development activities are to contribute to the development and maintenance of a safe, eco-friendly and efficient transport system. This means that we must focus research and development activities on both doing the right things and doing things right. Research and development activities are to develop and secure the agency’s specialist knowledge and skills and ensure that decisions are taken on the basis of professionalism, skill and knowledge.

The results of research and development activities provide the basis for revision of standards and guidelines and will, as such, benefit the entire transport sector. Research and development at the Norwegian Public Roads Administration make a major contribution to the development and administration of its sector responsibility.