MnDOT Research Implementation Project Guidelines (PDF)
What Is Implementation?
Good research implementation projects save time, money or resources by helping put new ideas and technology into practice. They might solve a long-time problem or improve how MnDOT does business. We are looking for pilot projects of new technology or research that can set the stage for future full deployment. (We’re not looking to fund standard equipment purchases, a mass deployment or basic research with these funds.)
The types of projects funded often include the development of manuals or best-practices guides, training curricula, technology pilots, new method testing, proof-of-concept validation and innovative equipment evaluation.
Examples of Past Projects
- Culvert repair best practices guide
- Demonstration of AVL technology in grass mowers
- Inventory of roadside infrastructure using mobile mapping technology
- Development of a statewide bridge inspection contract using drone technology
- Pilot of an ultrasonic measuring system for bridge corrosion
Address Problem or Need
The proposal needs to clearly state the problem being solved, the opportunity or need that is being satisfied.
The implementation project must demonstrate, test or advance a new practice. Preferably, it builds on completed national, state or local research, including from the following programs:
- Federal Research
- NCHRP project or other Federal Cooperative Research Programs
- Pooled Fund Project (MnDOT lead, MnDOT participation in pooled fund project/program, or single state project)
- State Research
- MnDOT Research Project
- Other State DOT Research Project
- Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Inst. or MN Guidestar Program
- MnDOT’s Maintenance New Technology Research and Equipment Committee (NTREC) program
- MnDOT’s Pavement Research Facility - (MnROAD)
- Local Research
- Local Road Research Board (LRRB) research projects
The proposal needs to indicate how the results of the implementation project will be used or applied within the department. State how the results could lead to full implementation in day-to-day practice and whether there is commitment to support implementation statewide, and how the benefits can be quantified.
Identify Internal Champions
Implementation proposals must identify a MnDOT staff person as the project manager to move forward for funding consideration, and it is helpful to identify a management champion at the DE, ADE or Office Director level.
- Evaluation and Report - Each project should product a final product or publishable report on the project outcomes.
- Equipment purchases
- Should be kept to a minimum and only include items necessary to support the implementation project.
- Can be used as seed money to demonstrate the viability of the equipment. Pilot projects proposed should be limited to a specific area or location.
- Not intended as a funding source for full deployment of equipment through the state.
- Can‘t be used to supplement equipment budget.
- Should not include standardized equipment
- Construction Projects
- Implementation in a construction project should be discussed at the conceptual stage to determine feasibility of the financing, and how the project report will be completed.