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MnDOT/LRRB 2013
Research Request for Proposals

 

Academic Transportation Research Proposal Solicitation

 

This solicitation is only open to the following universities with MnDOT Master Contracts:

University of Minnesota

Minnesota State College and University System

Western Transportation Institute – Montana State University

Texas A&M University System

Iowa State University

 

The solicitation is also open to the MnDOT Office of Materials and Road Research.

 


 

 

What research is being requested?
Each year MnDOT and the Local Road Research Board (LRRB) seek research proposals. These proposals attempt to address the research needs and ideas from the Minnesota city, county and state transportation practitioners. 

 

MnDOT Research Services collects research ideas from various sources, including city/county engineers and MnDOT staff throughout the year. These ideas are documented as "Research Need Statements" and can be viewed online.  Researchers are being asked to submit proposals to address these research needs, and are encouraged to work with the Technical Liaison listed for a particular research need statement when developing the research proposal. 


Researchers are reminded to follow and organize each research project according to the terms of their University Master Contract with MnDOT, and the  Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) Guidelines. Researchers should be familiar with this research process prior to submitting research proposals.  Also, research proposals submitted must allocate greater than 50 percent of the budget to the Master Agreement University, State University, or MnDOT Office of Materials and Road Research.

 

How to Submit a Proposal
Proposals must :

  • Be formed around the high priority research needs for MnDOT and the LRRB.  
  • Use the MnDOT/LRRB Proposal Form. Note: They are limited to 8 pages.
  • Be submitted to your university research contact. (They will collate and coordinate each University submittal to MnDOT) by Tuesday, September 17, 2013.
  • Be transmitted in Microsoft Word format from the university research contacts to Hafiz Munir at MnDOT Research Services, by Friday, September 20, 2013.

 

Research Proposals not responding to a Need Statement
One of MnDOT’s flagship initiatives is to foster innovation, develop ground-breaking multi-modal transportation practices and encourage research. In support of this initiative we will accept research proposals for a need which was not identified during the need statement development period. 

 

However, the researcher needs to identify a public sector champion, city or county engineer, MnDOT office director or district willing to sponsor the project by participating on the TAP and state this in their letter or e-mail support. Without a public sector champion the proposal will not be carried forward for funding consideration. Once a champion has been identified, submittal deadlines and process are the same as above. 


Research Funding Levels and Duration
Researchers are encouraged to review MnDOT’s and the LRRB's research websites for examples of previous research efforts. Project specific details for the MnDOT can be found on the MnDOT Research Services Annual Reports and for the LRRB, specific details can be found in the LRRB At-A-Glance on the above page.

 

When will proposals be selected for funding? 

The selection process is documented on the Research Services website: 

  • November 1st, 2013: Submitters will be notified if a presentation is requested by MnDOT. If you are not contacted by this time, your proposal is not moving forward for funding consideration by MnDOT.
  • November 1st, 2013: Submitters will be notified if a presentation is requested by LRRB. If you are not contacted by this time, your proposal is not moving forward for funding consideration by LRRB.
  • Dec. 4-5, 2013: Presentations will be made to LRRB.
  • Dec. 10-11th, 2013: Presentations will be made to MnDOT.
  • Dec. 20, 2013: Funding decisions will be posted here. Please note we will not be sending notification letters.
  • July 1, 2014: Funding is available; however, depending on funding, earlier start dates may be approved.

 

Questions or Comments?

Please contact your university contact and/or Hafiz Munir at 651-366-3757.