MnDOT is currently evaluating research implementation ideas for its next funding cycle. Project champions will compete for $650,000 in funds to demonstrate a new advancement or technology in their unit, district or office that solves problems, saves money or changes business practices. Research Services staff are currently helping develop proposals that will be presented to the Transportation Research Innovation Group (TRIG) on April 4.
(updated Feb.14, 2017)
University Research Solicitation and Funding
In December, the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota Local Road Research Board heard dozens of research project proposals and chose 21 projects for FY2018 funding.
(View selected projects)
Schedule and Information - FY2019
The information below contains information on our university research solicitation and funding cycle. The documents are relevant to university contracts, consultant contracts, project management and publication of research reports.
Calendar year view of the annual research cycle (.pdf)
Note: The deadlines below reflect the FY2019 funding cycle.
Step 1: Submit Idea and Need Statement
Ideas due: May 18, 2017
Please use the Ideascale link to submit a research project idea to Research Services.
All the ideas will be collated and reviewed by the Transportation Research Innovation Group (TRIG) and the Local Road Research Board (LRRB). The ideas that best meet MnDOT and local transportation research priorities will be used to create need statements for FY2017 funding.
Research Services will work with the authors of the ideas to complete a Need Statement Form with a MnDOT, county or city champion.
For questions, contact Hafiz Munir at email@example.com or 651-366-3757.
Step 2: Prioritize Ideas
TRIG: June 8, 2017
LRRB: June 16, 2017
Members of the TRIG and Local Road Research Board (LRRB) prioritize the need statements before they are released for proposals.
Step 3: Develop Proposals
Proposals are developed from the prioritized needs that included how the need will be solved, including tasks, costs, deliverables, and schedule.
Step 4: Review Proposals
LRRB review: Oct. 11, 2017
TRIG review: Oct. 19, 2017
The TRIG reviews the state proposals and the LRRB reviews the local proposals to help aid selection. Multiple proposals for MnDOT funding will use the above ranking guidelines.
Step 5: Selection
TRIG meeting: Nov. 28 - 29, 2017
LRRB meeting: Dec. 6-7, 2017
The TRIG and the LRRB hold separate meetings to select projects for funding. Funding awards are announced in mid-December. Note that the LRRB can also fund projects off-cycle as needed.
Step 6: Technical Advisory Panels
Technical Advisory Panels (TAPs) are developed to guide each contract. Learn more about TAPs and TAP member roles by viewing the guidelines.
Step 7: Contracting
Contracts in place by July 1, 2018
Contracting is done to start the research/implementation effort using the MnDOT/LRRB workplan. Both the University of Minnesota contract document and the Materials Lab PI Work Plan are located here as well. Use the TPF form to establish pooled-fund studies.
Step 8: Deliverables
Each task has a deliverable that must be approved by the Technical Liaison before payment can be made for the task.
Send interim deliverables to your Technical Liaison and Project Coordinator.
Send your initial draft final report to Beth Andrews (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the draft deliverable due date (using the templates below) and copy your Technical Liaison and Project Coordinator. The Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota coordinates the technical and editorial review of MnDOT’s research reports and will get feedback from the Technical Advisory Panel.
Review the following publishing guidelines before drafting your final report, and use the MS Word templates provided.
For questions, contact Sandy McCully at email@example.com or 651-366-3768 or Beth Andrews, University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-626-1745.
Step 9: Amendments
Contract amendments are sometimes necessary to ensure that a project is completed successfully.
Step 10: Closeout
Contract closeout includes collecting performance measures, as well as interpretation, implementation, marketing, outreach, education, technology transfer, additional projects/phases, etc.